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San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development


The CFD Department provides an ideal curriculum for undergraduates preparing to enter graduate programs in the College of Education. Individuals with a B.S. from the CFD department enter graduate school prepared to become professionals who have a comprehensive understanding of child development in the context of family and schools within a cultural and global context. CFD shares COE’s mission to prepare SDSU students to help develop, implement and evaluate services for children and families. Both value practicum and fieldwork as an essential component of developing knowledge and skills in working with children and families.

Please visit the SDSU General Catalog for more specific information and course descriptions.

CFD Undergraduate Degree (BS) and Coursework:

  • CFD 135: Principles of Family Development
  • CFD 270 Human Development across the Lifespan
  • CFD 270L: Principles of Child Development Lab
  • CFD 272: Children, Families and Communities
  • CFD 275: Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • CFD 335: Interactions in Families
  • CFD 353A: Parenting the Young Child
  • CFD 353B: Parenting the School Aged Child
  • CFD 353C: Parenting Teens and Young Adults
  • CFD 370: Research and Evaluation
  • CFD 375A: Infant/Toddler Development
  • CFD 375B: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood
  • CFD 375C: Adolescence-Adulthood
  • CFD 377: Adult Supervision in CFD Programs
  • CFD 378A: Laboratory Experiences: Infants
  • CFD 378B: Laboratory Experiences: Preschool/Kindergarten
  • CFD 378C: Laboratory Experiences: Age 6 Through Adolescence
  • CFD 378D: Laboratory Experiences with Children and Families
  • CFD 380: Early Literacy Development & School Readiness
  • CFD 437: Violence in Relationships
  • CFD 475: Promoting Behavior Support & Classroom Organization in Early Childhood Settings
  • CFD 477: Administration of Child Development Programs
  • CFD 536: Divorce & Remarriage
  • CFD 537: Child Abuse & Family Violence
  • CFD 560: Theories in Socio-Emotional Development
  • CFD 575: Public Policy & Professional Ethics
  • CFD 577: Advanced Administration of CD Programs
  • CFD 578: Conflict Resolution along the Lifespan
  • CFD 590: Children with Special Needs
  • CFD 590L: Children with Special Needs Laboratory
  • CFD 597: Field Experience in Child & Family Development Programs
  • CFD 598: Reflective Portfolio