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Family and Consumer Sciences

College of Education and Professional Studies

Child Development Specialization

Major or Minor in Child Development

Students in the child development program will apply child development theory to the practice of helping children from birth through adolescence in diverse settings, including child welfare and social service organizations.

Child Development Program Requirements

Child Development Minor

Child Development Certificate

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Majors with a Child Development Specialization will:

  1. Understand child development and family relationships from a Family Systems perspective.
  2. Develop interpersonal skills to apply child development principles in therapeutic contexts.
  3. Apply child development theory to practice with children of various ages.
  4. Experience teamwork and learn collaborative skills.
  5. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication and strong critical thinking skills.
  6. Learn to analyze and present scientific information related to children and families.

What is Unique about the Child Development specialization?

All Child Development students complete a multi-term practicum experience in an agency suited to their particular professional goals. Practicum sites may include daycare facilities, early child learning centers, early intervention programs, social service agencies, developmental preschools, elementary or middle schools, or other agencies or programs that serve the needs of children and families.

Child Development students take several applied skills courses taught by clinicians. In these courses, students develop therapeutic skills and are well-prepared to work with children and families in many settings following graduation.


Child Development Major Required Courses

FAMILY AND CHILD LIFE
Course #
Title
Credits
FCL 101
Skills for Marriage and Intimate Relationships
4
FCL 234
Contemporary Families
4
FCL 235
Relationships and Personal Development
3
FCL 336
Parent Education and Guidance
4
FCL 344
Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
4
FCL 405*
Professional Obligations and Responsibilities
4
FCL 419*
Research in Family and Child Life
5
FCL 434
Diversity and Families
4
FCL 492*
Family and Child Life Practicum
12
FCL 495*
Undergraduate Research
1
CHILD DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIZATION
FCL 232
Child Development
3
FCL 332
Trauma and Resilience in Children and Adults
4
FCL 339
Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
4
FCL 340
Supporting Children with Special Needs and their Families
4
FCL 345
Advanced Concepts in Child Development
4
FCL 414
Coping with Grief and Loss
4
FCL 415
Therapeutic Play
4
FCL 432
Theories in Child Development
3
FCL 438
Attachment Theory and Practice
4
 
Approved Specialization Electives
11
 
Total Credits
90

*For Family and Child Life Majors Only

Child Development Elective Courses:

FCL 310     |  Family Issues in the 21st Century (4)
FCL 333     |  Culture and Marriage  (4)
FCL 334     |  Family Problems and Mediation  (4)
FCL 335     |  Divorce and Remarriage  (3)
FCL 337     |  Human Sexuality (4)
FCL 403     |  Family Communication  (4)
FCL 416     |  Child Life I: Child Life Scope of Practice  (4)
FCL 417     |  Childhood Diseases and Disorders  (4)
FCL 435     |  Aging and Family Life  (4)
FCL 439     |  Families and Public Policy (4)
FCL 440     |  Teaching for Family and Child Life  (2-6)
ANTH 353  |  Childhood and Culture (4)

Child Development Two Year Graduation Plan

CWU Catalog Program of Study

Admission and Graduation Requirements

Students wishing to declare a major in family and child life must be incoming first-year or transfer students or have a cumulative CWU GPA of 2.8. Family and child life majors must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher to remain in the major and must earn a “C” or higher in all courses used to satisfy the family and child life major.

Application Process

To apply for the major, complete the major application form and contact Dr. Amy Claridge to enroll in the major and be assigned an advisor. Current CWU students can schedule an appointment with Dr. Claridge.


Child Development Minor

A minor in child development is designed for students who want some expertise in child development to improve their ability to work with children or parents in their chosen profession. Students majoring in psychology, early childhood education, special education, sociology, social services, public health, law and justice, physical and health education, and recreation and tourism may benefit from the child development minor.

Students in the Child Development minor will learn about theories of child development; cutting-edge research about how children develop in multiple domains, with a focus on how development occurs in the context of family, community, and culture; and skills for practical application of child development.  Completing the minor will enhance students’ competitiveness for jobs involving interaction with children in a variety of disciplines.

Child Development Minor Required Courses

Course #
Title
Credits
FCL 232
Child Development 
3
FCL 336
Parent Education and Guidance
4
FCL 438
Attachment Theory and Practice 
4
 
Approved Child Development Minor Electives
15-16
 
Total Credits for Child Development Minor
26-27

Child Development Minor Elective Courses:

FCL 332 |  Trauma and Resilience in Children and Adults (4)
FCL 339 |  Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood (4)
FCL 340 |  Supporting Children with Special Needs and their Families (4)
FCL 345 |  Advanced Concepts in Child Development (4)
FCL 414 |  Coping with Loss and Grief (4)
FCL 415 |  Therapeutic Play (4)
FCL 416 |  Child Life I: Child Life Scope of Practice (4)
FCL 417 |  Childhood Diseases and Disorders (4)
FCL 418 |  Child Life II: Impact of Child Hospitalization (4)
FCL 432 |  Theories in Child Development (3)
 

Pre-Admission Requirements

Students wishing to declare a minor in Child Development must be incoming freshmen, transfer students, or have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.  Child Development minors must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to remain in the minor.

Application Process

To apply for the minor, please complete the minor application form, indicating that you are applying for the Child Development minor. Send the completed form to Dr. Amy Claridge or set up a time to meet with her in person.


Child Development Certificate

The child development certificate provides students with knowledge and practical skills to work with children from birth through emerging adulthood. Students in the program will learn about theories of child development; cutting-edge research about how children develop in multiple domains, with a focus on how development occurs in the context of family, community, and culture; and skills for practical application of child development.

The certificate is designed for matriculated and non-matriculated students who want to enhance their expertise in child development to improve their ability to work with children or parents in their chosen profession.

Child Development Certificate Required Courses

Course #
Title
Credits
FCL 232
Child Development
3
FCL 336
Parent Education and Guidance
4
FCL 415
Therapeutic Play
4
FCL 432
Theories in Child Development
3
FCL 438
Attachment Theory and Practice
4
 
Total Credits for Child Development Certificate
22

CWU Catalog Program of Study

Application Process

To apply for the certificate, please contact Dr. Amy Claridge.


The Family and Child Life major has three specializations: Child Life, Child Development, and Family Science.

For information about the Child Development Major, Minor, or Certificate, please contact:

Dr. Amy Claridge
Family & Child Life Program Director
Michaelsen Hall 327
Amy.Claridge@cwu.edu
509-963-2758

Current CWU students can schedule an appointment with Dr. Claridge. Prospective students, please e-mail Dr. Claridge to schedule an appointment.

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