Atypical Child Studies

The minor in Atypical Child Studies provides a solid foundation in both normative and atypical early childhood development. Such a foundation would be particularly appropriate for students preparing to work with families with children with special needs--students who plan to pursue careers in a number of branches of the social and life sciences, education, medicine, and other human services professions, focusing on atypical infants/children and their families. It will complement the preparation they receive in their major departments and better prepare them for the demands of the increasingly specialized graduate training programs in those fields.

The aggregate of courses provides training for people to recognize handicapping conditions in the 0- to 5-year-old population, to become acquainted with assessment and intervention strategies appropriate for these children and their families, and to compare and contrast normative and atypical development in relation to one another.

Course Requirements:

15 units (12 units of this or any other minor must be distinct from your major requirements).

Required Courses (9 units):

  • ChAD 60*+ Child Development (3 units)
  • EDSE 104+ Atypical Infant Development (3 units)
  • EDSE 108+ Assessment of Atypical Infants (3 units)

Elective Courses (select 6 units from the following courses):

  • ChAD 161+ Preschool Programs and Methods
  • ChAD 164+ Contemporary Parenting
  • ChAD 168+ Childhood Coping and Adaptation
  • EDSE 102 Speech and Language for the Normal and Exceptional Individual

* Fulfills General Education
+ Fulfills requirements toward a Child Development permit