Child Development

Child Development Department

The program in Child Development focuses on the study of the individual from conception through the end of adolescence in a plurality of contexts. Students are provided with fundamental knowledge of theoretical and methodological advances, developmental processes and current issues in the field. The curriculum includes both in-class and field experiences to prepare knowledgeable and effective child and family professionals. A unique feature of the curriculum is the inclusion of courses that are of special relevance to students from Southern California.

We believe that child development professionals play an important role in society with a significant impact on children. To ensure that our students graduate as well prepared professionals, our program rests on three fundamental elements: 

Knowledge: providing a solid foundation in the scientific understanding of children’s development through academic rigor

Skills: providing opportunities to develop skills in observing and working with children through field experiences

Integrity: emphasizing the development of professional and personal qualities of reliability, accountability, ethics, preparation, collegiality, and compassion

Department Office

1000 E Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747

(310) 243-2029

The faculty and staff have been asked to work remotely due to the COVID-19 crisis (Summer and Fall 2020). For more information about CSUDH's response to COVID-19, please visit CSUDH Alert.

The department office is available via email, and our administrative support assistant Cassandra Fritzel via phone, Monday - Friday 8 AM to 5 PM. If we miss your call, please leave a clear message with your name and phone number and we will return your call as soon as we can. Currently email is the best way to contact us!


Please visit our Advisement webpage for any of your advising needs.


Free Software: Did you know that there is a suite of free software available to you as a student?  Login to MyCSUDH and find the “software Launchpad” for the full suite.  It can all be downloaded remotely.

Laptop checkout: Students can checkout laptops for FREE.

The Writing Center: The CSUDH Writing Center supports students at all levels as they prepare, draft, and revise their writing for various courses, departments, and programs. Visit: to schedule an appointment. 


The Child Development Association is here to help create a supportive network for upcoming professionals interested in working with infants, children, and families. We are bursting with ideas to help grow our networks within CSUDH and our community. We want to build a meaningful network within CSUDH and also form supportive relationships with our community.

Benefits of joining our organizations are:

  • Networking opportunities to meet other students and professionals
  • Building a support system
  • Volunteer opportunities that make a difference in the community and build your resume
  • Informational workshops for future career options and graduate schools
  • Workshops to learn about special topics in Child Development 
  • Job opportunities 
  • Sharpening your people skills
  • Development of team work skills
  • Development of time-management skills
  • And much much more! 

Anyone is welcomed to join! Our association values a diverse and inclusive environment in order to gain more knowledge from different perspectives. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to email us at and we will answer in a timely manner. For furthermore information, you can visit our page on Torolink, where you can see images and videos of members in previous events. 

*Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 all association meetings and events will be held virtually during Fall 2020 until further notice.*