Earning your Child Development degree online from SDSU Global Campus will give you the tools you need to help children in your community grow into healthy, productive, and happy adults. Our online program is driven by research, community-based learning, and above all, a passion for children.

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Earning your Child Development degree from SDSU Global Campus will give you the tools you need to help children in your community grow into healthy, productive, and happy adults. SDSU’s degree completion program is driven by research, community-based learning, and above all, a passion for children.

This program is designed exclusively for current and former students of participating San Diego community colleges.

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About the program

The Bachelor of Science in Child Development Degree Completion Program can help you turn your passion for children and healthy childhood development into a rewarding career. Led by renowned faculty and lecturers from SDSU’s Department of Child and Family Development, this program is designed to help you understand the biological, cognitive, and social development of young humans. If you’re passionate about building stronger communities through our children, this program can help.

Estimated Cost Estimated Cost
$29,078-$31,892
Plus Fees
Completion Time Completion Time
2 Years
Course Format Course Format
Hybrid

The curriculum is based on the idea of continuous development. We examine how individuals develop throughout their lifespan, from birth through adolescence and into adulthood. We also focus on the different social contexts that children develop in, including schools and families, as well as developmental disorders, conflict and violence, and the role that public policy can play in development. You’ll develop your knowledge in virtual classrooms and hands-on learning experiences with children and childcare service providers in preselected community outreach organizations.

Whether your goal is teaching, social work, community leadership, or graduate school, our program can help you develop the skills you need to launch a successful career in child development.

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Program is Perfect For...

SDSU’s B.S. in Child Development Degree Completion Program is designed for students who are passionate about helping children grow and thrive in their communities. As an interdisciplinary program, you’ll be prepared to launch careers in many different types of fields, including:


Early care and education settings
Schools
Hospitals and clinics
Residential facilities
Counseling and mental health centers
Public welfare and family service agencies
Family planning clinics
Community programs
Business, industry, and government agencies

Many students aspire to become educators, and use the knowledge they’ve gained throughout the program to enter teacher credential programs. Others choose to enter graduate-level programs in child or family development, psychology, social science, and education.

The majority of this B.S. in Child Development Program is held online, which makes the program ideal for local community college students who are working professionals and adult learners. And best of all, you’re working towards the same degree as our on-campus students: a Bachelor of Science in Child Development from San Diego State University.

This program is designed for students who have not earned a bachelor's degree. If you already have a bachelor's degree, we will not be able accept your application for this program.

What You Can Learn

SDSU’s Child Development Program operates under the basic assumption that development takes place across the lifespan in the context of the family, community, and public policy. The program focuses on the study of social-emotional development as the underlying foundation for all other areas of childhood development, including physical, cognitive, motor, and language. Child development is an interdisciplinary field of study. We operate under the basic assumption that development takes place across the lifespan in the context of the family, community, and public policy.

As a student in the program, you’ll focus a variety of topics, including:

  1. Developmental perspectives
  2. The development (physical, psychological, emotional, social) of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children, adolescents, and adults
  3. Family violence and child maltreatment
  4. Building a developmentally-appropriate curriculum
  5. Inclusion, team-teaching, interagency community networking, cross-discipline experiences
  6. Atypical development
  7. Advocacy and public policy
  8. Dating, marriage, parenting, parent-child and peer relationships, family development, adulthood and aging
  9. Early intervention skills
  10. Community engagement and research skills

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You’ll learn about these topics in courses developed by expert faculty from SDSU’s Department of Child & Family Development. Our faculty produce cutting-edge research in the field of childhood development, and many are actively engaged in applying their scholarly research to improving the lives of children in their own communities. They bring that expertise to every lesson, turning your virtual classrooms into a forum for experience-based learning guided by a curriculum designed to tackle the issues that children are facing today.

Outcomes

Labor Analysis
B.S. in Child Development — Nationwide

Job Postings
Job Postings
Last 12 months
70,912

Projected Growth
Projected Growth
Over 10 years
+15.11%

Salary Range
Salary Range
Average
$37,000-$66,000


Source: BLS & Burning Glass Technologies, 2020

Job Postings

Social Work

36,897

Human Services

25,582

Childcare Teachers and Directors

7,124

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Projected Growth

Social Work

14.2%

Human Services

16.4%

Childcare Teachers and Directors

10.8%

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When you earn your Bachelor in Child Development from SDSU, you can look forward to a bright future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were around 70,000 jobs looking for individuals holding the same skills as you’d earn in a B.S. in Child Development Program, with nearly 10% of those job postings located in California. Most graduates of undergraduate child development programs find employment in social work, human services, and education.

Nationwide, the job market for those holding a B.S. in Child Development is expected to grow by 15% over the next decade. For those individuals, yearly salaries currently range from $37,000–$64,000, compared to an average yearly salary of $29,000 for those holding an Associate’s degree or less.

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Why Should You Choose Us?

Hands-On Experience

This program goes beyond theory. You’ll have the opportunity to apply the knowledge you’ve learned outside the virtual classroom through in-person learning experiences with childcare providers. You’ll be able to get involved in your community while gaining invaluable hands-on experience that you can use as a foundation for your future career in child development. Some of the organizations we work with include local community agencies and children's programs, the SDSU Children's Center, and school districts across San Diego.

Accessibility

The majority of the program takes place in a virtual format. Other than the hands-on community learning opportunities, you don’t have to take time out of your busy schedule to come to campus, and you won’t have to put your professional life on hold in order to earn your degree. And because your courses are designed and delivered by renowned faculty and lecturers from SDSU’s Department of Child & Family Development, you can be sure that you’re getting a degree that’s going to carry weight in the professional world.

Opportunity

This program is designed to help current and former students at participating San Diego community colleges earn a valuable degree from San Diego State University as quickly and efficiently as possible. By accepting lower division coursework as prerequisites for admission, you can join the Aztec community, receive support based out of your community college campus, and work towards your degree in as little as two years.

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In order to earn a Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts and Sciences with a Major in Child Development, you must complete the following:

  • A minimum of 50 Upper Division Units, including:
    • 35 Units of Required Upper Division Courses
    • A Reflective Learning Portfolio
    • 14 Units of Specialization Courses
  • 3 Units of a Community-Based Learning Opportunity
  • 3-6 Writing Proficiency Units (if applicable)
  • 9 General Education Exploration Units
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Required Upper Division Courses (35 units)

Complete all of the following:
CFD 335: Interactions in Culturally Diverse Families (3 units)
CFD 353A: Parenting the Young Child (1 unit)
CFD 353B: Parenting the School-Age Child (1 unit)
CFD 353C: Parenting the Teen and Young Adult (1 unit)
CFD 370: Research, Assessment, and Evaluation of Children and Families (3 unit)
CFD 375A: Human Development and Learning: Infant/Toddler (2 units)
CFD 375B: Human Development and Learning: Early/Middle Childhood (2 units)
CFD 375C: Human Development and Learning: Adolescence/Adulthood (2 units)
CFD 475: Promoting Behavior Support and Classroom Organization in Early Childhood Settings (3 units)
CFD 537: Child Abuse and Family Violence (3 units)
CFD 560: Theories in Socio-Emotional Development (3 units)
CFD 575: Public Policy and Professional Ethics in Child and Family Development (3 units)
CFD 578: Conflict Resolution Across the Life Span (4 units)
CFD 590: Children with Special Needs (4 units)

Reflective Learning Portfolio (1 unit)

CFD 598: Reflective Learning Portfolio (1 unit) Cr/NC

Child Development Specialist Courses (14 Units)

Complete all of the following:
CFD 377: Leadership and Adult Supervision in Child and Family Development Programs (3 units)
CFD 378A: Laboratory Experiences: Infants/Toddlers (1 Unit)
CFD 378B: Laboratory Experiences: Preschool/Kindergarten (1 unit)
CFD 380: Early Language and Literacy Development in a Linguistically Diverse Society (3 units)
CFD 477: Administration of Child Development Programs (3 units)
CFD 577: Professionalism and Advanced Administration of Child Development Programs (3 units)

Study Area Requirements (3 units)

Community Based Learning — You’ll work directly with children and service providers in community outreach programs/agencies to further your career and professional development. You must register in Child and Family Development 597 and work under supervision of faculty as well as service providers. (3 units) Cr/NC

Writing Proficiency Requirements (3-6 Units)

RWS 305W: Writing in Various Settings (3 units)
RWS 280: Academic Reading & Writing (3 units)

RWS 280 — Academic Reading & Writing will be waived for the Fall 2020 cohort due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can take your WPA Test in the spring, but if you don’t score a 10 on your exam, you’d have to take both RWS 280 and RWS 305W. If you decide not to take the test, you’ll only be required to take RWS 305W. If you take the WPA Test and pass, you won’t be required to take any additional Writing Proficiency courses.

General Education Explorations Courses (9 Units)

Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning (3 Units)
Social and Behavior Sciences (3 Units)
Humanities (3 Units)

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Admission Requirements

This program is designed for students who have not earned a bachelor's degree. If you already have a bachelor's degree, we will not be able accept your application for this program.

To be fully qualified for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Child Development Degree Completion Program, you must be a current or former student at a participating San Diego community college. You must also:

  • Have a minimum of 60 transferable semester (or 90 quarter) units by the end of the fall term prior to spring transfer and the end of the spring term prior to fall transfer, including:
    • 27-28 Lower Division Preparation Course Units:
      • Child and Family Development 135
      • Child and Family Development 270, 270L
      • Child and Family Development 272
      • Child and Family Development 275
      • Child and Family Development 278
      • Biology 100
      • Psychology 101
      • Sociology 101
      • Psychology 280 or Sociology 201, or a three unit elementary statistics course
        These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC)
    • Complete a minimum of 30 Units of General Education Courses
    • Complete the Golden Four Requirement, which includes:
      • Oral Communication — complete a basic public speaking course or other communication course with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
      • Written Communication — complete a freshman composition course that emphasizes essay writing or reading and writing concurrently with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
      • Critical Thinking — complete a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
      • Mathematics — complete a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
  • Complete the American Institutions requirement
    • The American Institutions requirement is designed to demonstrate that students have an understanding of American history, the United States Constitution, and California state and local government.
  • Satisfy the CSU mathematics and writing requirements
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.4+
  • Pass the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10, or completed an approved upper division writing course with a grade of C (2.0) or better (to be completed in your first semester once admitted to the program)
  • Background Clearance — you must successfully pass a background check in order to be placed in educational and community settings. Red flag issues which prevent placement may impede progression and successful completion of degree requirements.
  • Tuberculin Clearance — you must provide evidence of a negative tuberculosis test for community-based classes. Clearance statements may be secured from SDSU Health Services, private physicians or HMOs, or public health agencies.

Application Instructions

Please note that this program is only available to current or former students of participating San Diego community colleges.

If you meet the admissions requirements and wish to apply, please complete an application through Cal State Apply.

A $70 nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants at the time of application.

Admission decisions are initially based on self-reported information provided via Cal State Apply. You must provide complete and accurate information on your application. Any misreporting will jeopardize an admission offer.

Please do not send your official transcripts unless you are offered admission.

For more detailed admission requirements and other application information, please consult our Transfer Admissions Information.

Financial Aid

This program is approved for financial aid. To begin the financial aid process, visit SDSU’s Financial Aid webpage. There, you'll be able to access to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If you have any questions regarding the financial aid process, please call the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships on weekdays from 10 am–3 pm at (619) 594-6323.

Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible.

Cost

$469/Unit
Total Units: 62-68
Total Cost to Complete Program: $29,078-$31,892 (Plus Fees)

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