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

- Describe effective case, administrative, legislative, and media advocacy strategies to promote the well-being of children, adolescents, and families