Preview of Courses

The following are courses that have been offered or are usually offered by the Department of Education & Child Development. For a comprehensive list of courses, please refer to the current Schedule of Classes or Course Catalog

EDUC 262. Children's Literature / SOWK 386. The Welfare of Children (Paired Course)
Survey of literary genres and elements, including picture books, folklore, poetry, historical fiction, contemporary realism and nonfiction. Some attention to pedagogical issues for teacher credential candidates. One semester or January. Professor Ralph. / Students enrolled in this course will explore the diverse needs and issues related to child welfare systems of care. The course provides an overview of relevant knowledge, theories, values, skills, and social policies related to competently working with children and their families. One semester. Professor Sheridan.

CHDV 211. Child, Family & Community
Child, Family & Community is a course for students who are interested in working with children and families as an early childhood educator, specialist or in other professional roles in which a central feature of the job is interaction with children and their families. The focus of this course is on the early childhood period. Theory and research pertaining to family/community-based practices in early childhood programs, parent education models, relationships between families and early child care professionals: issues of diversity; learning supports at home; and community involvement for the early childhood professional will be covered. This course meets the State of California Title 22 Department of Social Service Classification Indicator DS2 and applies toward the State of California Title V requirements for the Child Development Permit.

CHDV 220. Field Methods: Child Study through Observation and Interaction
Focuses on observing, recording, and interacting with children as a basis for scientific investigation in child development. Field-based research project required. Includes seminar and supervised fieldwork at The Broadoaks Children's School.

CHDV 250. Developmental Psychopathology
The field of developmental psychopathology is the study of psychological problems in the context of human development. This class explores all areas of child psychopathology, including the origins and course of individual patterns of maladaptation. Course content will be organized around the major disorders that emerge during childhood and adolescence and will review classification, etiology, and the developmental issues related to them. Current issues in treatment, education and public policy will also be discussed and debated.

CHDV 280. The World’s Children: Their Rights and Well-being
With different topics each semester, this course focuses on major issues facing the world's children, such as trafficking, child soldiers in armed conflict, lack of safe drinking water, discrimination against girls, indoctrination, infant mortality, refugee status, and human rights violations. Students investigate the situation in various regions of the world and learn about aid organizations and individuals who have made a real difference in the lives of children. Students participate in hands-on child advocacy projects and responsible activism with OMEP-Whittier College, our campus chapter of an international organization dedicated to children's rights and well-being. May be repeated for credit.

CHDV 477. Practicum: Integrating Theory and Practice in Early Childhood Education
This is an intensive, supervised practicum in a preschool or kindergarten classroom at The Broadoaks Children's School. It fulfills a requirement for the California Child Development Teaching Permit. Its purposes are to promote the application of child development theory in early childhood classrooms and to enhance understanding of child development through daily, hands-on work with young children. The course focuses on developmentally appropriate practice, adult-child interaction for active learning, child assessment, case studies, lesson planning, and critical reflection of instructional practice. Senior Standing. Instructor permission. January.