Child Development Major, Minor and Permit Requirements

The Department of Education & Child Development offers a major and minor in Child Development, and course work for the Child Development Permit issued by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

The content on this page is for informational purposes only. Official degree requirements can be found in the Whittier College Catalog.

Guidelines for a Major in Child Development

Completion of all disciplinary core and extra-departmental requirements, for a total of at least 34 - 37 credits.

Core Requirements

  • CHDV 105 Introduction to Child Development (3 credits)
  • CHDV 220 Field Methods: Child Study through Observation and Interaction (3  credits)
  • CHDV 315 Infancy through Early Childhood (3 credits)
  • CHDV 330 Middle Childhood (3 credits)
  • CHDV 477 Practicum: Integration of Theory and Practice, (early childhood) or CHDV 478 (elementary or middle school) (4 credits)
  • CHDV 497 Senior Seminar in Child Development (3 credits)
  • One additional CHDV elective, (3-4 credits)

Additional Requirements

  • ANTH 374 Cultural Contexts of Childhood (3 credits) or EDUC 300 Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives on Education (3 credits) or approved child development course in Denmark
  • PSYC 214 Statistics or other approved statistics course (3-4 credits)

One of the following

  • ANTH 311 Field Research: Crossing Cultural Boundaries (3-4 credits)
  • PSYC 212 Experimental Psychology (4 credits)
  • Approaches to Social Research (3 credits)
  • At least one additional course (3 to 4 credits) related to the major as approved by the advisor.​

Guidelines for a Minor in Child Development

A minimum of 21 credits. A minor must be planned in consultation with a Child Development advisor.

Core Requirements

  • CHDV 105 Introduction to Child Development (3 credits)
  • CHDV 220 Field Methods: Child Study through Observation and Interaction (3 credits)
  • CHDV 315 Infancy through Early Childhood (3 credits)
  • CHDV 330 Middle Childhood and Adolescence (3 credits)

Additional Requirements, Two of the following

  • One additional CHDV elective, (3-4 credits)
  • ANTH 374 Cultural Contexts of Childhood (3 credits) or EDUC 300 Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives on Education (3 credits) or approved child development course in Denmark.
  • PSYC 214 Statistics or other approved statistics course (3-4 credits)

One of the following

  • ANTH 311 Field Research: Crossing Cultural Boundaries (3-4 credits)
  • PSYC 212 Experimental Psychology (4 credits)
  • SOC 310 Approaches to Social Research (3 credits)​​

Guidelines for the Child Development Permit

A minimum of 15 credits (at least 3 in supervised fieldwork). At the completion of credits, students must apply at The State of California, Commission on Teacher Credentialing to receive a Child Development Permit. This involves: completing Application 41-4, obtaining fingerprint clearance, obtaining transcripts, and paying a modest fee.

Requirements

  • CHDV 105 Introduction to Child Development (3 units)
  • CHDV 315 Infancy through Early Childhood (3 units)
  • CHDV 210  Early Childhood Education (4 units)
  • CHDV 211 Child, Family and Community (3 units)
  • CHDV 477 Integrating Theory and Practice in Early Childhood Education (supervised fieldwork) (4 units)