Feb 25, 2024
The child development specialization applies child development theory to the practice of working with children and families across a variety of contexts and professions. Graduates are well prepared with knowledge and skills for professional careers that involve work with children including in early childhood learning, child welfare, adoption, and family social service settings. Students will also be prepared to pursue graduate training in social work, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, family and child life, or other related fields.
Students wishing to declare a major in family and child life with a specialization in child development must be incoming freshman or have a cumulative CWU GPA of 2.8. Students who meet the gpa requirement will be admitted upon recommendation of a family and child life advisor.
Family and child life majors with a child development specialization 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.
Family and Child Life Core
The bachelor of science family and child life major is an interdisciplinary study of interpersonal and family relationships and their impact on child development. Family and child life majors are actively engaged in community involvement and practical application of knowledge.
Family and child life majors in both specializations must complete a practicum experience that includes 360 total hours (12 academic credits) of field related service within the community. Students are encouraged to apply for the major early in their academic careers to allow for proper planning and placement in the family and child life practicum.
Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate strong critical thinking skills.
- Use excellent relationship and interpersonal skills and demonstrate collaboration in work with peers and faculty.
- Demonstrate strong written communication skills.
- Use effective oral communication and presentation skills.
- Demonstrate insight into their own biases and privilege and will demonstrate respect for diverse ways of being and thinking.
- Apply knowledge of the scientific process to critique existing research and conduct research projects.
- Summarize family systems and developmental theories and apply theories in practice with children and families.
Total Core Requirement Credits: 48
Child Development Specialization
Required Courses Credits: 31
Department-Approved Electives Credits: 11
Total Specialization Credits: 42