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Child Development & Family Studies

Child Development & Family Studies

The mission of Child Development and Family Studies is to improve the lives of children and families. We provide hands-on experience to students through involvement in community and professional activities.

Specific CDFS courses meet the education requirements for the Child Development permit from the State of California. 
Please see an academic advisor for more information. 

Students may obtain a B.A. degree in Family & Consumer Sciences: Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) with an emphasis in Family Life Education or CDFS. The field of CDFS strives to improve the lives of children and families. As an integrative and interdisciplinary specialization, CDFS incorporates information from a variety of disciplines and focuses on utilizing the prevention approach to assist individuals and families.

Minor in Child Development and Family Studies

The Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) minor offers the opportunity to take a concentration of courses focusing on children and families. By providing students with an aggreate of CDFS courses students will be better prepared to assume the duties within a variety of careers relating to children and families in an array of settings.

This minor is not available to Child Development and Family Studies Majors.


Students seeking a minor in CDFS must meet all prerequisite course requirements. In addition, students must maintain a "C" or better in all courses required for the minor.

The minor requires 21 total units.

You must take these 3 courses (9 units)

  • CDFS 111 Preschool Child
  • CDFS 312I Family and Personal Development
  • CDFS 319I Family Stress and Coping

Choose 4 classes (12 units)

  • CDFS 211 Guiding Young Children
  • CDFS 214 Environments for Preschool Children
  • CDFS 311 Prenatal Development and Infancy
  • CDFS 314 The Older Child
  • CDFS 409 Language, Learning and the Developing Child
  • CDFS 410 International Families
  • CDFS 411 Individual Child Study and Guidance
  • CDFS 412 Family Interaction
  • CDFS 413 Child and Family in the Community
  • CDFS 414 Field Work with Preschool Children
  • CDFS 415 Feildwork with Infants/Toddlers
  • CDFS 418 Parent Education  

Choose an advising sheet according to the year you declared Child Development and Family Studies as your minor:

2019-2020 (PDF)
2018-2019 (PDF)
2017-2018 (PDF)
2016-2017 (PDF)


Letter of Your Last Name Advisor/Mentor
Child Development and Family Studies  
A-D Dayne. N
E-H Brown, T
I-M Jung, Y.
N-Q Taylor, M.
R-U Taylor, S.
V-Z Jaurequi, M.
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Career Paths

Career options for professionals in the field of Child Development and Family Studies are wide-ranging; many of our graduates pursue the following opportunities:

  • Child Care Administrator
  • Family Life Educator
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Social Worker**
  • Infant and Toddler Care
  • Preschool Teaching
  • Child Development Consultant
  • Corporate Human Services Consultant

**Requires a graduate degree

Professional Paths

  • Community Resource & Referral Professional
  • Toy Research and Development Professional
  • Parent Educator
  • Child Care Educator
  • Infant and Toddler Care
  • Preschool Teaching
  • School-Age Program

Student Organization

Child and Family Associated Students (CAFAS) is a student organization sponsored by CSULB Associated Students, Inc. Each year CAFAS sponsors a variety of events such as guest speakers, community services projects, CPR/First Aid Courses, and a career fair. Students who become involved in CAFAS have the opportunity to network with other students as well as apply for various scholarships.