The Child and Adolescent Development Program focuses on the cognitive, social, affective, emotional, and physical development of children from birth through adolescence. Students study children's growth and development within familial, school, and societal contexts. The major provides students with a strong foundation and training in the field, building upon child development courses completed at the community college level. The major responds to recent government mandates; the "No Child Left Behind" initiative requires that all federally funded preschools/head start programs have teachers with a bachelor's degree by 2013.
The Child and Adolescent Development Program has been specifically designed for:
- Professionals working in and managing licensed day care centers, preschool programs, and programs for adolescents.
- Anyone wishing to pursue a career in Child Development.
- Students wishing to pursue an elementary education teaching credential after completing their bachelor’s degree in Child Development.
- Students wishing to pursue graduate education in this field.
Child and Adolescent Development Program Benefits:
- A program developed by field practitioners with advanced degrees.
- Personal attention from an advisor and staff who understand your academic and scheduling needs.
- The option to earn college credits through CLEP, DANTES, Challenge Exams, prior learning assessment, certified learning, and credits recommended by ACE though military training.
- Up to 90 transferable college credits accepted toward the degree.
- Faculty-guided instruction by Child Development professionals.
- Accelerated degree completion option.
- Joining a learning community of child development professionals.
Child and Adolescent Development Program graduates will be able to:
- Compose appropriate techniques and construct developmentally appropriate curriculum and learning activities for working with children in a group setting.
- Examine state-mandated requirements of a childcare facility.
- Demonstrate familiarity with state-mandated health and safety requirements and processes.
- Evaluate environments to ensure that they meet the developmental needs of children.
- Emphasize the importance of integrating diversity and multiculturalism in developing curricula and managing child development programs.
- Analyze and evaluate the theoretical perspectives of developmental psychology in order to discriminate between various stages and phases of human development: infancy, early childhood, middle-childhood, and adolescence.
- Synthesize current trends in the assessment of children based on the way the child's mind functions.
- Analyze current issues as related to programs for children and compare/contrast and critique the most recent classroom assessment methods.
Accelerated Completion Opportunities
- 3+1 program for those that need only 32 upper-division credits in their degree plan.
- Attending on-ground classes that meet face-to-face seven to eight (7-8) times in an eight (8) week session.
- Class meetings are weekly in eight (8) weeks sessions.
- Transferring credits from other regionally accredited colleges and universities.
- Requesting credit for knowledge gained outside the classroom through work or professional experience.
- Successfully completing CLEP or DSST (sometimes known as DANTES) tests.
- Applying college credits for training through certified learning.