Capstone Options

Capstone courses provide students with an opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their child development coursework and apply it in a culminating experience. All capstone courses are writing intensive, but each course provides a unique experience that can enhance students' preparation for their educational and career pursuits. Therefore, students should consider their educational and career interests and goals when choosing their capstone course. Students may choose one course from the following four options:

The following two options are the most commonly chosen capstone options:

  • CDV 496 - Directed Field Experience (4)
  • CDV 490 - Senior Seminar (3)

The following options are for students who are interested in research:

  • CDV 498 - Directed Research (3)
  • CDV 492 - Seminar in Child Development Research (4)

Registration in Capstone Courses

All capstone courses require the Capstone Enrollment Form, and some may require additional forms (see below). Prior to submitting any capstone enrollment forms, please verify that you are eligible to enroll in capstone coursework. 

To be eligible to enroll in the capstone courses, students must have:

  • completed all introductory and foundational child development coursework with a "C" or better.
  • completed at least four* of the six specialized courses with a "C" or better before the capstone semester.

* Students who enroll in spring intersession or summer capstone courses will need to have completed ALL specialized courses with a "C" or better.

Students may be enrolled in the specialized courses during the semester they submit their application. Any remaining specialized coursework (up to six units) must be taken concurrently with the capstone course (i.e., in the same semester). 

Permission numbers will be emailed to students after the application due date. Section assignments and permission numbers for the capstone courses will be administered according to student's registration date.

Please review the capstone course options in the drop-down menu on the left and submit the necessary capstone enrollment form(s) online by the dates shown below: 

Semester in which the student will enroll in Capstone CourseDate by which the Enrollment Form must be submitted online
FallMarch 15* by 5:00pm
Spring/SummerSeptember 15* by 5:00pm

*If the due date falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be due on the next business day.

Enrollment Forms

All capstone courses require the Capstone Enrollment Form.

If you are interested in Directed Fieldwork (CDV 496), you will need to also submit the Fieldwork Enrollment Form. Please view the course description page in the menu on the left for additional paperwork and clearances needed to enroll.

If you are interested in the Directed Research course (CDV 498), you must coordinate with an instructor one semester ahead of your intended capstone semester. You will send the instructor the Directed Research Enrollment Form (pdf) with your information section completed. They will need to prepare a summary of your shared research plan and submit it with the completed form to the department.

If you would like to participate in the Seminar in Child Development research course (CDV 492), please note that the course is only available to a cohort of 12 or more students coordinated by a faculty member. You may not be able to enroll.