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Majoring in Child Development
Transcript of Majoring in Child Development
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Why Child Development?
Students who major in Child Development (CHLD) are interested in working directly with children and families or they want to work indirectly for children in administrative, advocacy, helping, or researcher roles.
Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)
Students in the Child Development Department become knowledgeable in five areas:
What was your favorite class or experience during your time at CSU, Chico involving your major in Child Development?
What else can you do with this degree?
There are options in the following fields...
Majoring in Child Development
Within the context of the broader university commitment to higher education, the Department of Child Development offers opportunities for students to engage in the purposeful acquisition and integration of child development theory, research, and practical field experience.
Specifically, the program centers on learning the foundations of child development (prenatal through adolescence); assessing children and environments (developmental needs, behavioral guidance, home, school, community); analyzing developmental contexts (including gender, ethnicity, social class, family, peers, culture); applying critical thinking skills in personal and professional settings; and influencing character and behavior.
Students in the Department of Child Development understand the development and environments that affect children and families. Students apply this knowledge, personally and professionally, in a variety of settings, including human services and education.
Faculty facilitate students’ professional development by fostering collaborative learning environments that integrate high-quality teaching, mentoring, promoting scholarly activities, guiding relevant practical experiences, and modeling leadership.
Graduates of the program are knowledgeable and reflective professionals with field experience, who recognize and value the uniqueness and diversity of children and families within and across multiple contexts.
Description of Major:
All majors acquire a comprehensive understanding of how children grow and develop from conception through young adulthood.
Let's hear from fellow students...
What drew you to major in Child Development?
Chloe - I’ve always wanted to work with children and I want to become a Pediatric Nurse and I figured that majoring in Child Development would give me a strong foundation before going into Nursing school.
1. Foundations of Child Development
2. Child and Environmental Assessment and Study
3. Developmental Context
5. Critical Thinking
SLO 1: Foundations of Child Development
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and empirical foundations of the discipline.
SLO 2: Child and Environmental Assessment and Study
Students will demonstrate knowledge of assessment issues and perform qualitative and quantitative assessments of children and their environments.
SLO 3: Developmental Context
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the multiple environmental contexts in which children grow and develop, and will be able to analyze systems that support children's well-being.
SLO 4: Professionalism
Students will engage in professional behavior appropriate to the discipline in professional contexts.
SLO 5: Critical Thinking
Students will apply critical thinking and scientific methods of thinking (including logical and empirical reasoning) to issues regarding children's well-being.
You will investigate the theories behind the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of children.
It is encouraged to form your own thoughts and opinions.
With this information, you get to apply it in real early childhood classrooms.
Let's hear from a major student again...
Hannah - "Working at the ASCDL." (Associated Students Child Development Lab) "The program is so unique and the head teachers are so fantastic. I have learned so much from this experience."
How have you changed or grown as a person since your arrival to CSU, Chico?
Shelby - "I believe I have matured and developed a new outlook on life that I would have not experienced if I went to school back home. I have met great people throughout college and that has helped me accept people who may be different than me and to be more open-minded as well. I also have made great connections to help me after college and into my new career."
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Special Education
Family and Consumer Sciences
College Student Affairs
Child Care Programs
Private, public, franchise, and corporate day care centers
Family day care
Extended school programs
Head Start programs
YMCA or YWCA
Summer camp programs
Adult day care providers
Consumer protection agencies
Adult and child day care providers
Youth services agencies
Senior citizens' programs
Profit and nonprofit organizations focused on children, youth, families, or senior citizens
Public and private schools (K-12)
Public preschool programs (e.g., Head Start)
Private preschool programs
Adult education programs
Colleges and universities
Programs servicing children and adults with special needs
Health and wellness agencies
Organizations geared toward children and family including: Book publishers
Professional associations, Radio and TV stations
Nonprofit organizations, Manufacturers, Newspapers, and Magazines
Manufacturing companies of children's clothes, toys, furniture, and food Department and retail stores
Mental health agencies
Military child care programs
Overseas child care and education programs
Health and wellness agencies
Women's protective agencies
Federal, state and local
government agencies (i.e., Departments of Health, Education and Welfare, Criminal Justice Departments, Sanitation, Fire/Safety, Nutrition, and Cooperative Extension)
You will get to learn the multiple ways to evaluate a child's development through a one-way mirror in the Associated Student Child Development Lab's Observation Room.
The ability to assess a child in all developmental domains will be conducted while working as a practicum student.
From what mom eats while pregnant, to the state of the world's happiness; you will learn what affects the development of children.
Students have investigated topics such as:
Living in extreme poverty
Natural disaster influences
You get to take courses in leadership; where you truly discover your own creativity, learning and leading methods, communication, and personality types.
A course in how to direct your own desired childcare center allows you experiment with your imagination and personal philosophies.
The Senior Seminar course provides you with skills in entering the professional world. You can discover wanting to stay domestic, or go abroad in a career or continuing your education.
With a self-created hypothesis or research question, you get to practice the scientific method and research process.
If accepted as an Honors student, you get to conduct actual research with a professor. Many studies get accepted at conferences!
Just a few more questions for our majors...
Anna (minoring in Child Development) - "It gives me a competitive edge in the work force. People who attain a Child Development major have a plethora of information at their fingertips regarding the appropriate way to interact with and teach children. While people who don't receive a Bachelor's degree often don't have this advantage."
Join Chico State's Child Development Program..."the more the merrier!"
Raquel - "It give us a better understanding of the children and families we are interacting on a daily basis! We are able to connect more in a more personal level! "
What was a fear you had when deciding to stick with it and work towards a Bachelor's degree?
Adrian - "Needing a credential or M.A. (Masters of Arts degree) and make real money working with kids."
Visit the Professor and Chair of the Department of Child Development : Dr. Cindy Ratekin
She would love to help meet your needs in joining the Child Development Program as a new major.
She will be in this building:
In this office:
And looks like this:
Cindy Ratekin, PhD
Professor and Program Coordinator
Child Development Department Office
Office: Modoc 216
What made you choose Child Development?
Corinna - I enjoyed a class I took with one of the Child Development professor. And since then, I have loved being in the major. AND I love children! I’ve always loved working with children.
Why do you think it is beneficial to encourage diversity in the students majoring in Child Development?
As a transfer student, what is one advice you can give to fellow future transferee?
During my time at Chico State I feel that my past experiences with children, whether it be volunteering in different organizations or simply babysitting, or spending time with family members, have positively contributed to my time spent with children during this program.