Child Development and Education (CDE)

The Child Development & Education concentration weaves a cohesive understanding of child development (from birth through adolescence), family systems, and social contexts to prepare culturally competent caregivers and educators. Responsive childhood education influences the formation of the individual for life. Students choosing the Child Development & Education concentration are most likely already in or planning to enter a field in which they will work with children. Antioch believes that childhood educators are among the most important in the educational spectrum. This degree provides students with an increased array of tools to bring to the all-important task of helping children develop to their fullest potential.

This concentration is ideal for people who seek careers in child development, education or advocacy, ranging from birth through adolescence. The degree also increases the student’s marketability in a field with ever-increasing demands for trained professionals. Some students choose early childhood education as a vocation; others as a stepping stone into a K-12 credential program or Masters in Education.

The curriculum for this concentration allows students to deeply explore the principles and practices of childhood education, to consider their role in advocacy, and to think broadly about global issues and cultural contexts as they relate to child development. Students take courses in psychology plus courses specific to early childhood education, child and adolescent development, and other related disciplines within the liberal arts. A unique aspect of this concentration is that students are required to enroll in a practicum in which they observe and reflect on the delivery of different models of childhood education as they are presented to different age groups. CDE students are also required to get a TB test in order for them to participate in the required practicum.

In addition to the degree requirements, students pursuing any concentration must complete a minimum of 36 and a maximum of 45 quarter units with at least 24 upper-division units completed at AUSB.

Recommended Prerequisites

  • Child, Family and Community
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition of Young Children
  • Child Growth and Development

Required Courses for Concentration (36 units)

CDE 3030 Child Psychology (3) CDE 3100 Practicum (3)
CDE 3040 Emerging Models of Early Childhood Education (3) CDE 3200 The Parent/Child Relationship (3)
CDE 3430 Theories of Learning and Cognition (3) SOC 3510 Diversity and Cultural Awareness (3)
CDE 3070 Child Advocacy (3) Three Electives (9)
CDE 3080 Special Education: Response to Intervention (3) INT 3081 Capstone (3)



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