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California State University Fullerton
Department of Child and Adolescent Studies

CHAD Major Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Development

The Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Adolescent Development requires the successful completion of a minimum of 51 units in the major. The Child and Adolescent Development major consists of a 9-unit basic core completed by all majors and 42 units in one of the following four options: (1) Early Childhood Development, (2) Elementary School Settings, (3) Adolescent/Youth Development, and (4) Family and Community Contexts. The option will be posted on students' transcripts following the successful completion of required coursework. A grade of "C" (2.0) or better is required in all courses applied to the major. Course prerequisites are strictly enforced. Basic Core Courses (9 units): CAS 101 Introduction to Child and Adolescent Development (3), CAS 201 Child, Family and Community (3), and Special Ed 371 Exceptional Individual (3).

Option in Early Childhood Development (42 units)

The option in Early Childhood Development is designed for students pursuing careers working with young children and their families. In keeping with the National Association for the Education of Young Children's professional standards for bachelor's programs and the education requirements of the California Child Development Permit Matrix, the coursework emphasizes children's early development and learning; strategies to engage in developmentally appropriate practices; creation of early childhood environments rich in language, literacy, and other foundational skills; observation and assessment of young children and their environments; and effective work with diverse populations.

Option-Specific Core Courses (18 units)
CAS 300 Elements of Effective Professional Communication (3)
CAS 301 Inquiry and Methodology in Development (3)
CAS 325A Conception through Age 8 (3)
CAS 305 Advanced Assessment in Early Childhood (3)
CAS 325B Age 9 through Adolescence (3)
CAS 491 Leadership Seminar in Early Childhood (3) or CAS 490T Topical Senior Seminar in Child and Adolescent Development (3)

Practicum Courses (6 units)
CAS 140/L Introduction to Early Childhood/Practicum (3) or CAS 394/L Practicum Seminar in Child and Adolescent Development (3)
CAS 464/L Practicum Seminar/Practicum in Early Care and Education (3) or CAS 494/L Practicum Seminar/Practicum in Youth and Families in Community Settings (3)

Topical Developmental Courses (18 units)

One class from each cluster:
Family Contexts:
CAS 341 Working with Parents of Young Children (3)
CAS 340 Parenting in the 21st Century (3)

Health:
CAS 346 Modern Culture and Early Childhood (3)
CAS 326 Optimizing Development of School Age Children (3)
CAS 306 (formerly NURS 306) Health and Safety for Early Childhood (3)

Depth:
CAS 321 Infant/Toddler Development (3)
CAS 322 Preschool-Age Development (3)
CAS 353 Learning and Motivation in Early Childhood (3)

Diversity:
SPED 400 Early Childhood Special Education (3)
CAS 490T Topical Senior Seminar in Child and Adolescent Development (3) [Behavioral & Developmental Disorders]

Language and Literacy:
CAS 351 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood (3)
READ 340 Promoting Language and Literacy Readiness in Young Children – Reading (3)
SPED 425 Language and Culture for Special Populations (3)

Curriculum:
CAS 352 Numeracy and Science in Early Childhood (3)
ART 380 Art and Child Development (3)
BIOL 453 Life Science Concepts (3)
GEOL 410 Physical Earth/Space Systems (3)
MUS 433 Music in Childhood (3)
or approved alternate.

Option in Elementary School Settings (42 units)

The option in Elementary School Settings (ESS) is designed for students interested in teaching at the elementary school level and emphasizes an understanding of cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development, subject-matter knowledge, and consideration of pedagogical strategies and programs that promote academic achievement as well as other positive developmental outcomes for elementary school children.

Option-Specific Core Courses (18 units)
CAS 300 Elements of Effective Professional Communication (3)
CAS 301 Inquiry and Methodology in Development (3)
CAS 310 Assessing and Observing Development (3)
CAS 325A Conception through Age 8 (3)
CAS 325B Age 9 through Adolescence (3)
CAS 490T Topical Senior Seminar in Child and Adolescent Development (3)

Fieldwork Courses (6 units)
CAS 394/L Practicum Seminar/Practicum in Child and Adolescent Development (3)
CAS 474/L Practicum Seminar/Practicum in Development in School Settings (3)

Topical Developmental Courses (18 units)

One class from each cluster:
Arts:
ART 380 Art and Child Development (3)
DANC 471 Creative Dance for Children (3)
MUSC 433 Music in Childhood (3)
THTR 402A Dramatic Activities for Children (3)

Kinesiology:
KNES 386 Movement and the Child (3)

Language Arts:
ENGL 341 Children's Literature (3)
THTR 311 Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature (3)

Math:
MATH 303A Fundamental Concepts of Elementary Mathematics (3)

Science:
BIOL 453 Life Science Concepts (3)
GEOL 410 Physical Earth/Space Systems (3)

Developmental Elective:
CAS 326 Optimizing Development of School Age Children (3)
CAS 340 Parenting in the 21st Century (3)
CAS 345 Child and Adolescent Development in Diverse Family Contexts (3)
2nd CAS 490T Topical Senior Seminar (3)

Teaching Credential Preparation - Multiple Subject or Special Education

A Teaching Credential is required to teach in California public elementary schools. Completion of both the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) and the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) is an entrance requirement for Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential programs. Further information is available from the Center for Careers in Teaching.

Prerequisite Courses ('B-' or better required in both classes)

Multiple Subject Credential Program:
EDEL 315 Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching (3)
EDEL 325 Cultural Pluralism in Elementary Schools (3)

Special Education Credential Program:
SPED 322 Introduction to Positive Behavior Support (3)
SPED 425 Language and Culture for Special Populations (3)

Option in Adolescent/Youth Development (42 units)

The option in Adolescent/Youth Development (AYD) provides advanced understanding of cognitive, physical and socio-emotional development during the adolescent age period. It is designed for students who intend to work with youth in community-based settings and/or to pursue graduate studies related to adolescent development.

Option-Specific Core Courses (18 units)
CAS 300 Elements of Effective Professional Communication (3)
CAS 301 Inquiry and Methodology in Development (3)
CAS 310 Assessing and Observing Development (3)
CAS 325A Conception through Age 8 (3)
CAS 325B Age 9 through Adolescence (3)
CAS 490T Topical Senior Seminar in Child and Adolescent Development (3)

Fieldwork Courses (6 units)
CAS 394/L Practicum Seminar/Practicum in Child and Adolescent Development (3)
CAS 484/L Practicum Seminar/Practicum in Adolescent and Youth Services (3) or CAS 494/L Practicum Seminar/Practicum in Youth and Families in Community Settings (3)

Topical Developmental Courses (18 units):

One class from each cluster:
Family and Parenting:
CAS 340 Parenting in the 21st Century (3)
CAS 345 Child and Adolescent Development in Diverse Family Contexts (3)

Interpersonal Issues:
HCOM 220 Interpersonal Conflict Management (3)
SOCI 341 Social Interaction (3)

Recreation and Health:
CAS 360 Adolescents and the Media (3)
KNES 387 Movement and the Adolescent (3)

Diversity and Identity:
CHIC 332 The Chicano Adolescent (3)
EDSC 340 Diversity in Secondary Schools (3)
SOCI 354 Gender, Sex and Society (3)

Adolescents at Risk:
CAS 365 Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting (3)
CAS 490T At-Risk Adolescents (3)
CRJU 425 Juvenile Justice Administration (3)
CRJU 455 Gangs and the Criminal Justice System (3)
HESC 321 Drugs and Society (3)
SOCI 413 Juvenile Delinquency (3)

Program Planning and Evaluation/Statistics:
HUSR 385 Program Design and Proposal Writing (3)
POSC 320 Introduction to Public Management and Policy (3)
PSYC 201 Elementary Statistics (3)
SOCI 303 Statistics for the Social Sciences (3)

Option in Family and Community Context (42 units)

The option Family and Community Contexts (FCC) is designed for students planning to work with children, adolescents, and their families in community-based settings and/or preparing for graduate studies in human/child development, counseling, social work or related fields.

Option-Specific Core Courses (18 units)
CAS 300 Elements of Effective Professional Communication (3)
CAS 301 Inquiry and Methodology in Development (3)
CAS 310 Assessing and Observing Development (3)
CAS 325A Conception through Age 8 (3)
CAS 325B Age 9 through Adolescence (3)
CAS 490T Topical Senior Seminar in Child and Adolescent Development (3)

Fieldwork Courses (6 units)
CAS 394/ L Practicum Seminar/Practicum in Child and Adolescent Development (3)
CAS 494/L Practicum Seminar/Practicum in Youth and Families in Community Settings (3)

Topical Developmental Courses (18 units):

One class from each cluster:
Abnormal Behavior:
PSYC 341 Abnormal Psychology (3)
SOCI 466 Deviant Behavior (3)

At-Risk Issues:
CAS 365 Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting (3)
HESC 321 Drugs and Society (3)
HUSR 415 Treatment Issues in Drug Addiction (3)
HUSR 430 Child Abuse and the Human Services (3)
SOCI 385 Family Violence (3)
SOCI 408 Sexual Abuse in American Society (3)

Biology:
BIOL/KNES 210 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 305 Human Heredity and Development (3)
PSYC 306 Biopsychology (3)

Family Systems:
CAS 340 Parenting in the 21st Century (3)
CAS 345 Child and Adolescent Development in Diverse Family Contexts (3)
SOCI 351 Sociology of Families (3)

Measurement/Statistics:
PSYC 201 Elementary Statistics (3)
SOCI 303 Statistics for the Social Sciences (3)

Theoretical Perspectives:
HUSR/COUN 380 Theories and Techniques of Counseling (3)
HCOM 407 Language Development for Educators (3)
PSYC 431 Theories of Personality (3)
PSYC 481 Survey of Clinical Psychology (3)
SOCI 300 Social Work (3)


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