Child & Adolescent Development BA
The mission of the Department of Child and Adolescent Development is to develop educated persons who are well informed, responsible, life-long learners and take and active interest in the world around them. We strive to prepare individuals who have a command of various theories and milestones of human development and are sensitive to the commonalities and diversities in people of all ages.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete a ChAD degree should be able to:
- demonstrate basic knowledge of child and adolescent development in four major domains (cognitive, emotional, social, and physical) and understand the interrelationships among these domains;
- understand the role of context in the growth and development of children and adolescents and their socialization by family, community, society, and culture;
- apply research, theory, and problem-solving skills to questions about social policy, education, intervention, and practical situations pertaining to children and adolescents;
- examine and evaluate information about children and adolescents from a variety of sources;
- demonstrate inquisitiveness about the development of children and adolescents by articulating reasoned questions and methods for seeking answers to those questions;
- demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills for facilitating the development of children and adolescents and meeting the challenges of working with other professionals; and
- understand ethical and advocacy responsibilities in working with and on behalf of children and adolescents.