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Childhood Development

The Child Development major is a relatively broad major in the University curriculum. Students take a wide range of courses in across the academic divisions of the college. The major includes foundation and advanced courses in the traditional liberal arts fields: humanities, fine and performing arts, mathematics and sciences, and the social sciences. In addition, students choose a twelve-unit Concentration for depth in an aspect of the field of child development issues.

The possible areas of Concentration are: Early Intervention or Violence Intervention and Counseling. Both of these concentrations may be taken at Merritt College as a part of the agreement we have with this college.

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Degree Offered

Bachelors of Arts Childhood Development

Students who are currently in the AA degree program for Early Childhood Education at Merritt College and have a GPA of 2.2 or higher are invited to enroll in the Transfer Admissions Agreement for a Bachelorís Degree in Child Development at Holy Names University.

The Child Development program at Holy Names offers small classes and frequent interactions with Child Development advisors and professors. In their final year of study, students present an integrative portfolio of their college work and meet with advisors to assess their preparation for future work and study. Students participate in an internship and work closely with career counselors and representatives of the HNU career preparation program to explore career options.

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Foundation Courses

The Foundation level courses satisfy the general education requirements of the University.

Arts of Language
  • ENGL 1A
  • ENGL 1B
  • COMM 1
Arts of Thinking
  • MATH 7
  • CSCI level one competency
  • PHIL 2
Disciplinary Studies
  • Human Sciences
  • HIST 17A or PSCI 1
  • PSYC 1 or 10 or 30
Natural Sciences
  • BIOL 15 and PHSC 15
Interdisciplinary Studies

ISAC 1/101
ISAC 2/102
ISAC 3/103
ISAC 4/104

Health and Physical Education/Career Exploration
  • PHED for Educators: PHED 110
  • HLTH for Educators
  • EDUC 100 or 101

Advanced Courses

These courses build upon the Foundation level work to enlarge and deepen knowledge in specific areas of study.

Arts of Language
  • One course in writing: ENGL 107W or 108W
  • One course in literature: ENGL 151
  • One course in linguistics: LING 145
Arts of Thinking
  • MATH 151
Disciplinary Studies
  • Human Sciences - One course dealing with Social Dynamics/Ethnic Experience, chosen from:
    • HIST 172-179
    • SOCI 130, 165, 169
  • Three courses in Human Development, chosen from:
    • PSYC 130, 132, 134 or 120
  • One course in Social Dynamics, chosen from:
    • SOCI 130, 147 or 169
  • Humanities and the Arts - One course in Religious Studies or ARTS
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • ISAC 195 (W)
  • Career Exploration/Field Experience
    • CHDT 196 (Internship)
    • CHDT 110 (Portfolio preparation)
  • Concentration: one certificate program in Child Development taken at Merritt College

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Graduates interested in working in public or private childcare facilities have preparation in all of the subject matter areas and topics needed to work in various child care settings as supervisors, early intervention assistants or violence intervention counselors. They are also prepared to become a teacher or program director in Early Childhood Education. They are also prepared to begin post-graduate studies in an early childhood credential program to work with children with special needs should they choose to do so.

Career paths may also include violence Intervention Counselor, Family Childcare Provider/Site Supervisor and Early Intervention Program Assistant/Teacher/Director.

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Sheila O’Neill Gibson, Ph.D.

University of Toronto
Professor of Philosophy

Nancy Teskey, snjm, Ph.D.

University of California, Davis
Associate Academic Dean

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