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California State University Fullerton
Department of Child and Adolescent Studies

CAS Student Learning Goals and Outcomes

The following goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in Child and Adolescent Development:

1.  Comprehension of theories, concepts and research outcomes

  • Describe and/or explain relevant theories, concepts and related research findings
  • Identify and describe normative development and individual and group differences
  • Describe biological, psychological, cultural and environmental influences on development
  • Identify and describe key components of cultural competence

2.  Critical thinking and communication skills

  • Identify, access, analyze and synthesize relevant sources, including research studies
  • Write effectively in APA style, taking purpose and audience into account
  • Make effective oral presentations, taking purpose and audience into account

3.  Professional, ethical and reflective evidence-based practice with diverse populations

  • Apply theories, concepts and research findings to promote child well-being across diverse populations
  • Identify relevant ethical principles and legal issues and the impact of possible actions in real-world situations
  • Identify funding, services and advocacy strategies at the local, state, federal and international levels that support children, adolescents, families and communities



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