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

For  information about CSUDH's response to COVID-19, please visit CSUDH Alert.

The department office can be reached via email Monday - Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. Our Administrative Support Coordinator will respond to your emails within 1-2 business days. We have 1200 CDV majors and are receiving many emails each day. We appreciate your patience.


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


Currently the Child Development Department has open part-time faculty positions. For position requirements and access to the application click here


Currently all signatures can be obtained over email.

Change of Program, Add/Drop

Petition for Exception

Change of Graduation Date Form

Change of Undergrad Major/Minor Form 

Petition for Repetition of Courses Form 

For any substitution requests, please complete this fillable form and submit the required documents to Child Development Course Substitution Form [PDF].

Before filing a petition, please follow these instructions.

For all Financial Aid forms, please visit the Financial Aid website.


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.

Technology Checkout Program Information: 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 the Writing Center's website 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.*