Child Development - Counseling and Family Services

California State University, Dominguez Hills

About this program

Child Development - Counseling and Family Services

The field of Child Development is dedicated to understanding how individuals change over time from conception through adolescence. The knowledge of developmental processes, of what changes and what stays constant, and of what influences change is essential for making sound decisions regarding children's welfare and individual success. The program in Child Development includes in-class and field experiences to prepare students to become knowledgeable and effective child and family professionals. Initially, students master the basics of development in different developmental periods. As they advance through the program, they focus on specific areas with the goal of developing a deeper understanding of issues related to development, its study, and its application.

The courses recommended for Counseling & Family Services Concentration are designed for students who may work in a variety of career settings serving families and children and/or counseling. Students will gain knowledge and skills pertaining to working with families, cultural diversity in child and family services, and common problems in families and communities. Students will further gain knowledge and skills to prepare them for entry into graduate programs such as marriage and family therapy, social work, counseling, and clinical psychology. Students interested in careers in family and child services, social work, counseling, child life, or parent education would benefit from taking courses in this area.

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Admission requirements

First-time freshman:

  • High school GPA of 2.5 (“B” average) or higher
  • High school graduation certificate or exam results
  • Proof of English proficiency

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Program content

In addition to the Child Development major requirements, modules for the Counseling and Family Services concentration include:

  • The Family
  • Sociology of Alcohol and Other Drug Use
  • Sociology of the Helping Professions
  • Behavior Modification
  • The Experience of Death and Dying: Psychological Perspectives
  • Theories Of Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Seminar in Small Groups

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information


  • Tuition Fees: $6,945 (24 units/2 semesters)
  • Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition ($396/unit): $9,504 (24 units/2 semesters)


The following student learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Child Development. Upon completion of their degree, student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate Discipline Knowledge: Describe, integrate, apply, and evaluate critically constructs, theories, and empirical findings pertaining to child development including developmental milestones and processes in the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional domains from conception through adolescence.
  • Incorporate Diversity: analyze and illustrate how culture, gender, ethnicity, social class, and contextual variables contribute to variation in development.
  • Demonstrate research knowledge and skills: explain and apply the scientific method; describe, evaluate, and apply research and observation methods used in the study of children’s development; and calculate and interpret basic statistics.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills that reflect the ability to summarize, apply, and evaluate/synthesize developmental theories and empirical findings and that are consistent with the professional and ethical standards of the child development field.
  • Develop and demonstrate professional and personal skills and qualities related to the field of child development (e.g., curriculum development/implementation, leadership and team work, professional ethics, accountability, reliability).
  • Demonstrate technological and computer literacy that permits the access, utilization, production, and dissemination of electronic information while observing ethical guidelines.

Career paths

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development can work as

  • Parent educators (professionals who conduct parenting workshops)
  • Child development consultants
  • Preschool teachers
  • Child counselors
  • Youth counselors
  • Court appointed advocates for children
  • Program planners
  • Schoolage program professionals (e.g., school counselors, after-school program coordinators)
  • Planners and coordinators of recreation programs
  • K-12 teachers

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California State University, Dominguez Hills

1000 E Victoria St.
90747 Carson California
United States of America

Phone no: +13102432140

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