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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
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Child Development and Family Studies

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  1. Explain optimal growth and development from conception through adolescence in the areas of physical motor, cognitive, intellectual, language, creative, moral, social and emotional development.
  2. Interpret the interaction of individual, biosocial, and cultural influences shaping the child’s progress toward maturity from conception through adolescence.
  3. Explain the interconnections among factors affecting the development and maintenance of stable and satisfying relationships throughout the life cycle.
  4. Design, implement, administer, and evaluate child development education programs for infants, toddlers, and preschool children.
  5. Synthesize and justify their personal philosophy of guiding children based on individual style and developmental theory and research.
  6. Practice scientifically informed and ethically responsible social policy efforts, including use of appropriate communications technology (e.g. e-mail and the World Wide Web), so as to enhance the quality of life of children and families in home and community settings.
  7. Design, implement and evaluate parent education programs.
  8. Analyze socio-cultural phenomena such as child-rearing practices, gender roles, rites of passage, mate selection, marriage preparation, marriage customs, marriage satisfaction, kinship patterns, aging, death, and dying from a life cycle perspective in cross-cultural settings.