About ChAD

A degree in Child & Adolescent Development provides students with a comprehensive understanding of children and adolescents. The degree is the perfect background for students who are interested in a teaching credential or interested in working with children in a variety of different career paths.

ChAD Program Learning Outcomes
The department has defined seven critical program learning outcomes (PLOs) that student should expect to achieve by the completion of their baccalaureate (BA) or masters (MA) degree.  Note that the core PLOs are identical for both BA and MA students but the level of achievement differs for the two degree programs.  The PLOs are:

Demonstrate knowledge of child and adolescent development in four major domains (cognitive, emotional, social, and physical) and understand the interrelationships among these domains.

    • BA: Define and understand basic elements of the four domains of development and draw on multiple perspectives to understand the interrelationships among these domains.
    • MA: Articulate an advanced understanding of the complexity of the four domains of development and characterize the impact of the interrelations among domains on child and adolescent development.

Understand the role of context in the growth and development of children and adolescents and their socialization by family, community, society, and culture.

    • BA: Describe and evaluate different contextual perspectives that affect the growth and socialization experiences of children and adolescents.
    • MA: Analyze the significance of context on child and adolescent growth and evaluate how different contextual perspectives contribute to both dominant assumptions and alternative viewpoints in our field.

Apply research, theory, and problem-solving skills to social policy, education, intervention, and practical situations pertaining to children and adolescents.

    • BA: Identify and describe recognized ways to apply research, theory and problem-solving skills to address social policy, education, intervention, and practical situations.
    • MA: Apply research, theory and problem-solving skills to evaluate best practices in social policy, education, intervention, and practical situations relevant to child and adolescent development.

Examine and evaluate information about children and adolescents from a variety of sources.

    • BA: Differentiate between sources of information (research, professional, and popular) and evaluate the credibility and validity of each type of information source.
    • MA: Categorize, investigate, and critically analyze different sources of information with respect to credibility and validity and determine the appropriate contexts to use each type of source.

Demonstrate inquisitiveness about the development of children and adolescents by articulating appropriate and logical questions and methods for seeking answers to those questions.

    • BA: Identify and describe key developmental questions in our field and define methods to investigate these questions.
    • MA: Analyze existing questions as well as formulate new questions that are relevant to our field and describe and apply the appropriate methodologies for seeking answers to these questions.

Demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills for facilitating the development of children and adolescents and meeting the challenges of working with other professionals. 

    • BA: Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills in fieldwork settings that exemplifies professional behavior designed to best facilitate the development of children and adolescents. 
    • MA: Evaluate different styles of, and engage in, audience-appropriate forms of communication that lead to a shared understanding of developmental issues through negotiation and translation across multiple modes of communication.

 Understand ethical and advocacy responsibilities in working with and on behalf of children and adolescents.

    • BA: Demonstrate understanding of effective advocacy and describe ethical issues present in our field and how these issues inform advocates’ decision-making.
    • MA: Delineate different methods of advocacy, elaborate on key ethical issues, and articulate how differing ethical perspectives influence their decision-making as advocates in our field.

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