UNIVERSITY CATALOG: 2016-2017

About the Department

Located within one of the nation’s largest single-campus universities and one of the most diverse regions in the nation, the Department of Child and Adolescent Development provides rich opportunities for students to combine academic pursuits with hands-on experience.

The program prides itself on its commitment to developing effective leaders, professionals and scholars committed to solving complex social problemsparticularly those impacting youth and families. A major focal point of the program includes training students to be reflective practitioners and to use the scientific method, including evidence-based knowledge, in making personal and professional decisions related to the education, healthy development and well-being of humans throughout the lifespan. The program provides a strong academic foundation for the next generation of clinicians, teachers, policymakers and researchers dedicated to serving infants, children, teenagers and young adults in a global society.

Whether one’s interests lie in the developmental period of infancy, early adulthood or somewhere in between, the academic programs offered allow students to gain high-level academic and professional skills while receiving a high level of attention from faculty who are dedicated and committed to the long-term success of their students.

Academic Advisement

The Department of Child and Adolescent Development is committed to students achieving their personal and professional goals and graduating in a timely manner. Electronic versions of forms, worksheets and advisement materials can be found on the department’s website. Students are strongly encouraged to use the department’s advising resources, such as the Degree Progress Report/Planner to plan coursework for the major. The department encourages students to meet with faculty outside of class (i.e., during posted office hours and by appointment) to discuss their academic progress and post-graduation career plans. Six courses in the department (i.e., CADV 250, CADV 394, CADV 470CADV 494CADV 495A and CADV 495B) provide students with intensive semester-long opportunities to develop personalized plans for actualizing a career and/or graduate-level degrees in child and adolescent development and related fields.

The Option in Applied Developmental Science provides students a strong foundation across theories, research, concepts and applications of child and adolescent development, spanning conception through early adulthood.

The department also offers the Option in Early Childhood Development, which provides focused opportunities for students to develop depth of study in theories and concepts during the developmental periods of prenatal, infancy and early childhood. This option is popular among students transferring from a California community college as it provides continued educational opportunities.

Students are encouraged to use the list of degree requirements in this Catalog to plan and select coursework for the degree. To select the best courses, students should carefully read the Catalog descriptions of each available option to ensure the best match between their interests and the coursework description.

Advisement workshops, open to current and prospective students, are offered on a regular basis. One-on-one advising appointments are available for current and prospective students. To make an individualized appointment, visit the department’s SetMore online appointment scheduling website.

Careers

The major will be of interest to those who are considering direct-service careers with children and families (e.g., preschool/early childhood education, K-12 education, counseling, school psychology, occupational therapy, clinical social work, nursing, child life, early intervention, behavior therapist, family law, etc.), as well as indirect-service professions (e.g., educational researchers, college professors, policy analysts, lobbyists, consultants, school administrators, nonprofit program directors, politicians).

Given the broad interdisciplinary focus of coursework leading to the degree, students can tailor their coursework to prepare for a host of professional programs and career pathways.

Most professional careers in the field of child and adolescent development require advanced degrees and/or credentials and/or licenses as well as relevant work experience. After completing the Bachelor of Arts degree, many students are well-situated to pursue advanced degrees and credentials leading to careers, including but not limited to early childhood education teachers/directors, elementary and secondary school teachers, special education teachers, school counselors, school psychologists, school administrators, school board members, educational researchers, child and family attorneys, child psychologists and therapists, licensed clinical social workers, pediatricians and obstetricians, registered nurses, child life specialists, genetic counselors, occupational therapists, college/university professors, career counselors, community/youth agency administrators, educational consultants, policy and legislative analysts, and politicians.

Honors

Honors Program Director: Nancy Miodrag
nancy.miodrag@csun.edu
Sequoia Hall (SQ) 280-D
(818) 677-4349

The purpose of the department Honors Program is to recognize and support the development of exceptional Child and Adolescent Development undergraduate students. The department Honors Program allows students the opportunity to engage in advanced level coursework to better prepare for graduate coursework and/or careers in the field of Child and Adolescent Development. Interested students should consult with the Honors Program Director and complete an application available at the department office before the stated deadline (typically in November). Admission to the department Honors Program is granted by approval of the department Honors Committee.

Clubs and Societies

Peer Academic Leaders (PALs)

The Peer Academic Leaders Program (PALs) is a department-sponsored peer-mentoring and peer-advising program open to students in good academic standing, who are interested in assisting current and prospective students on successfully navigating the university degree requirements and planning for life after graduation. For more information on becoming a Peer Academic Leader, visit the department office or contact the PAL faculty advisor.

Child and Adolescent Development Association (CADA)

The Child and Adolescent Development Association (CADA) is a student organization affiliated with the Department of Child and Adolescent Development. CADA strives to enrich the lives of its members by providing career, academic and professional development activities. The association also provides opportunities for students to develop social and professional networks within the field of child and adolescent development, education and child psychology. All students on campus regardless of major are welcome to join. For more information, visit the Child and Adolescent Development Association website or send an email to cada@my.csun.edu.

Alumni Association Chapter (CADAC)

Alumni of the Child and Adolescent Development department contribute both locally and globally to the field of child and adolescent development in various professional and advocacy roles in a wide range of settings. The Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter (CADAC) holds professional development and networking events open to current students. The Chapter offers a number of scholarships annually to students majoring in Child and Adolescent Development. Visit the Alumni Association Chapter website to learn more about upcoming events, programming and current scholarship opportunities, or send an email to cadv.alumni@csun.edu.

Professional and Scholarly Organizations

Students are encouraged to explore regional, national and international organizations in and related to the field of child and adolescent development. Many professional and scholarly organizations allow undergraduate students to join as student members. Becoming a member of a professional organization can increase networks necessary for future employment and future graduate schooling. In addition many organizations provide specialized training opportunities and/or scholarships for undergraduate students. Department faculty members are actively involved in many of the following professional organizations, including but not limited to:

 

Department-Sponsored Internship

Internship Program Director: April Z. Taylor
ataylor@csun.edu
Sequoia Hall (SQ) 289-C
(818) 677-7211

Students may choose to complete a year-long academic internship at an approved local community agency contracted with the department. The community agencies represent a broad spectrum of settings and career opportunities in the field of child and adolescent development. Participating in the internship program requires that students submit an application, and then they are selected on a competitive basis for a limited number of intern slots at an approved site in the community. Students who choose to complete the internship must successfully complete two courses taken over two consecutive semesters. The assignments and activities in internship courses support students’ experiential learning through self-reflection and the application of developmental theories and concepts. In these courses, students earn a grade of Credit/No Credit.

In addition to the on-campus seminars and online learning activities, students complete approximately 180 hours of service over two semesters in a community-based setting serving children and adolescents (approximately 6-7 hours per week). The department sponsors the CADV Internship and Career Fair each Spring semester, which provides students opportunities to learn more about the Department-Sponsored Internship Program. Additional information can be found on the Department-Sponsored Internship Program webpage and by contacting the internship director.

Contact

Chair: W. David Wakefield
Sequoia Hall (SQ) 285
(818) 677-3385
www.csun.edu/cadv

Advisement Services Director: April Z. Taylor
Sequoia Hall (SQ) 285
(818) 677-7211

Research Lab Coordinator: Virginia W. Huynh
Sequoia Hall (SQ) 280-F
(818) 677-2510

Internship Program Director: April Z. Taylor
Sequoia Hall (SQ) 289-C
(818) 677-7211

Honors Program Director: Nancy Miodrag
Sequoia Hall (SQ) 280-D
(818) 677-4349

Jumpstart Program Director: Emily E. Russell
Project Manager: Danielle Watson
Sequoia Hall (SQ) 280-A
(818) 677-7727

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