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Please see the section on Course Description Symbols and Terms in the University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

Child Development Course Offerings

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
2 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (001444)
Prerequisites: Department permission.
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours supervision. (001445)
Prerequisites: CHLD 252 (may be taken concurrently.
This course includes acquisition and application of basic observation skills regarding children's physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (001441)
A study of the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of children from conception through adolescence. The course examines genetic, biological, and environmental influences including cross-cultural issues. Scheduled observations are included. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001442)
This is an introductory course to marriage and family, including psychological, physiological, and social aspects of close personal relationships. The topics include dating, courtship, marriage, family life, dual career marriages, single parenting, and other contemporary issues. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (001443)
To address the challenge of understanding development in its many contexts and manifestations, this course provides a global investigation of critical issues influencing the lives of children. This course focuses on familial and societal influences on children's development and explores how the concept of childhood is shaped by cultural and social practices and policies. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (021161)
Prerequisites: CHLD 251, CHLD 252, CHLD majors only.
This course examines the role of curriculum in effective learning programs for children's development. Students gain skills in applying knowledge of children's growth and development to appropriate experiences in the creative arts, play, math, science, literacy, and language. Planning, implementing, and evaluating curriculum activities are key components of the course. Students in the class work directly with children in an approved community program approximately 3 hours a week. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours independent study. (001447)
Prerequisite: Faculty permission.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (020592)
The goal of this online course is to explore typical development related to healthy children with healthy relationships and to put that in the context of children with risk (i.e., adverse experiences) and children who overcome that risk (i.e., resilient). This understanding is viewed through the lens of neurobiology (e.g., regulation and dysregulation understood through brain functioning). Additionally, working with youth experiencing either adverse trauma or relational poverty is emphasized. 3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (021761)
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
This topical course is designed for students who wish to develop a broader and deeper understanding of children's gender and sexuality development. Students study multiple theoretical explanations of gender and sexuality development, and learn how biological, social, cultural, and cognitive influences impact concepts of gender and sexuality. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (021162)
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
This topical course is designed for students who wish to develop a broader and deeper understanding of children's gender and sexuality development. Students study multiple theoretical explanations of gender and sexuality development, and learn how biological, social, cultural, and cognitive influences impact concepts of gender and sexuality. 3 hours lecture.This is an approved Writing Intensive course. This is an approved General Education Capstone course. (021356)
Prerequisites: CHLD 252 or PSYC 355.
This course studies characteristic developmental changes in and environmental influences on human infants from conception to approximately two years of age. Special emphasis is on sensory-perceptual abilities, social-emotional interactions, and cognitive developmental processes. Guided observations of infants required. 3 hours discussion. (001446)
Prerequisites: CHLD 252 or PSYC 355.
This course examines the physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial aspects of growth during the stages of toddlerhood and early childhood (approximately ages 2 through 5), as well as contextual influences (e.g. family, group experiences, socioeconomic status, culture) on development for children of this age. 3 hours lecture. (021623)
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Written Communication (A2) requirement; GE Quantitative Reasoning (A4) (MATH 110, MATH 210 for Liberal Studies majors); CHLD 251, CHLD 252.
Students learn the fundamentals of scientific methodology, increase their knowledge of qualitative research methods, and acquire quantitative skills in measurement and statistical evaluation. These skills are applied through reviewing, evaluating, and communicating research. Students also identify the major dimensions of research strategies used in child development and related fields. 2 hours seminar, 2 hours activity. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (001448)
Prerequisites: CHLD 252 or PSYC 355.
This class examines the physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial aspects of growth during the school-aged years (ages 5 through 12), as well as contextual influences (e.g., family, school, peer group) on children's development. Particular attention is paid to the implications of developmental patterns for those who work with school-aged children. 3 hours lecture. (001449)
Prerequisites: CHLD 252 or PSYC 355.
This course provides a broad research and theory-based overview of physical, cognitive, emotional, social, moral, and identity development during adolescence. An ecological framework is used to examine the influence of sociocultural contexts, ethnicity, gender, family, peers, and school settings on adolescent experience and development. 3 hours discussion. (001461)
Prerequisites: CHLD 251, CHLD 252, CHLD 282, CHLD 353, junior standing, CHLD majors only.
This course examines and appraises current and professional issues affecting the field of child development. Cultural and political influences on the practices of professionals in the field are explored and analyzed. 3 hours lecture. (020216)
3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (001454)
Prerequisites: CHLD 251, CHLD 252, CHLD 282, CHLD 353; BIOL 303 or BIOL 318; junior standing; department permission.
This course is a supervised practicum. Students plan and implement a developmentally effective program for children, assess children's developmental progress, and evaluate their own effectiveness and professional development in a leadership role. An emphasis on families and programs is included. Department permission is required; enrollment is limited. 2 hours activity, 9 hours laboratory. (001455)
Prerequisites: Department permission.
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 1 hour lecture. (001457)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (001458)
Prerequisites: CHLD 251, CHLD 252, CHLD 282, CHLD 353, GE Quantitative Reasoning (A4) with a grade of C- or higher (MATH 110 MATH 210 for Liberal Studies majors.), junior standing, CHLD majors only.
This course provides an overview of child and family assessment. The course offers the student both research-based theory and practical applications in these areas. Students apply the knowledge gained during class sessions and readings to relevant assigned projects and papers. 3 hours lecture. (001459)
Prerequisites: CHLD 251, CHLD 252, junior standing.
This course is the study of inter-relationships among staff, families, and children in child development programs. It includes knowledge of family education, communication techniques, staff management and relationships, development of cultural competence, and other aspects of program functioning. 3 hours seminar. (001460)
Prerequisites: CHLD 252 or CHLD 255 or PSYC 355, junior standing.
This course is an advanced study of the interpersonal relationships among family members. Topics of reading and discussion include theories and research on family structure and function, family crises, child raising patterns, family finances, and other related topics as per instructor choice. 3 hours discussion. (001462)
Prerequisites: CHLD 251, CHLD 252, Junior status.
This course focuses on the role of the program administrator in various types of licensed child development facilities. Topics include programming, fiscal oversight, licensing regulations, personnel decisions, legal issues, and management aspects of children's programs. 3 hours seminar. (001463)
Prerequisites: CHLD 251, CHLD 252, Junior status.
This course offers opportunities to gain skills and knowledge about supervising adults in the workplace. Topics include interpersonal communication techniques, adult learning theory, leadership skills, professional collaboration, and personnel assessment in the early childhood education field. 3 hours lecture. (001465)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Provides direct experience in agencies, institutions, or work settings appropriate to the application of Child Development background and training. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (001466)
Prerequisites: BIOL 303 or BIOL 318; CHLD 392, senior standing, CHLD major.
This class is a guided internship for majors in Child Development. Based on individually determined internship learning objectives, students select a community-based agency placement that matches their career interest in children from birth through emerging adulthood and/or their families. Students spend a minimum of 7.5 hours a week in their internship placement for 12 weeks. Enhanced Internet course; WebCT access is required for this course. 4 hours activity, 3 hours independent study. (001467)
Prerequisites: BIOL 303 or BIOL 318; CHLD 392, senior standing, CHLD majors only.
This capstone seminar integrates the perspectives of various disciplines concerned with the developing child. Its emphasis is on physical, cognitive, personality, and social development of the child in relationship to the family, community, and society. From a research framework, the topics include program practices, professional ethics, collaboration, case management, effective communication, leadership styles, self evaluation, and professional responsibilities. Students also complete comprehensive portfolios as part of the course requirements. 3 hours seminar. (001468)
Prerequisites: BIOL 303 or BIOL 318; CHLD 392, senior standing, Child Development majors only, acceptance in undergraduate honor program, faculty permission.
This capstone seminar integrates the perspectives of various disciplines concerned with the developing child. Its emphasis is on physical, cognitive, personality, and social development of the child in relationship to the family, community, and society. From a research framework, the topics include program practices, professional ethics, collaboration, case management, effective communication, leadership styles, self evaluation, and professional responsibilities. Students also complete comprehensive portfolios as part of the course requirements. 3 hours seminar. (001469)
Prerequisites: Department permission.
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours seminar. (001470)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (001471)
Prerequisites: BIOL 303 or BIOL 318; CHLD 252; CHLD 251, CHLD 282, CHLD 353; faculty permission.
Independent study resulting in a piece of scholarly or creative work involving substantial research to be completed and publicly presented. This will be the first course taken in the year-long honors program in the major and is open only to undergraduate honors students. 9 hours supervision. (001472)
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