Child Development Concentration

Interested in working with children? Consider adding the child development concentration to your studies.

Curriculum and Courses

For students interested in working with children. Consists of 13 credit hours in the following courses:

Development and analysis of the major types of childrens literature are addressed including picture books poetry fables folktales fantasy realism and historical fiction. Students read and analyze classic examples of each type. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General Education Literature Writing Intensive

Unit(s): 3

Theory and practice related to what general education teachers need to know as they work with learners who are provided special education services. Emphasis is on implementing IEPs providing accommodation and differentiation and collaborating co-teaching with special educators. Prerequisite EDUC 140 and EDUC 200

Unit(s): 3

Overview of the process of parenting in diverse cultural and familial structures. Exploration of issues related to parenting at various stages of development as well as formation of parenting goals and styles. Emphasis placed on parent-child interactions through the child rearing years. Provides an emphasis on evidence-based practices and evaluation of programming. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 Experiential learning

Unit(s): 3

Examine issues related to physical cognitive and socio-emotional development of the child from conception through early adolescence. Students will develop theoretical and practical knowledge of child development concepts. Provisions are made for observing and working with preschool children. Prerequisite junior standing

Unit(s): 4

This concentration requires that any Liberal Studies major must select 9 unique credits in order to com­plete the concentration. In addition to those above, a Liberal Studies major looking for 9 unique credits may select from the following courses:

Study of works written during the first golden age of childrens literature. Exploration of examples of the centurys proliferating types of fiction (fantasy adventure domestic and exotic realism) comparison of original literary texts to filmed adaptations investigation of the influence of folktales upon childrens literature and acquaintence with some of the best illustrators and writers for children of the period. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General education literature and writing intensive

Unit(s): 3

Surveys historical approaches basic issues recent research and current theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology. Emphasis on describing and explaining the changes that characterize physical perceptual cognitive social and emotional development across the lifespan. Prerequisite PSY 101 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

Introduction to the fundamental elements of American Sign Language. Emphasis placed on development of basic expressive and receptive skills. Deaf culture and history of ASL via lecture video presentation interactive dyads. Not required for education licensure program. No prerequisites open to all students

Unit(s): 3