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Child Development

Undergraduate Bachelor Programs

Program Curriculum

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The Child Development degree program at Mount Saint Mary’s University has a wide range of coursework spanning the Education, Psychology and Philosophy departments.


Course Curriculum

Program Goals and Outcomes

Mount Saint Mary’s University is proud of its culture of assessment. It’s an educational philosophy that includes: 

  • Community members sharing a common commitment to improving student learning and a common language to guide this work
  • Students knowing at the outset what their expected learning outcomes are for the course, the major or program
  • Faculty and staff continually assessing the nature and extent of student learning
  • Lessons about student learning informing curricular, pedagogical, and administrative decisions

The goal of assessment efforts at MSMU is to improve teaching and learning. The overall results of student performance are available to students, faculty, staff and other interested parties on the Mount’s website.

Goal 1 - Apply basic child development theory to situations involving children and families

  • Understand major theories of development from birth through middle childhood
  • Appreciate how context and culture impact development
  • Be familiar with experiences of parenting across various stages of child development

Goal 2 - Be skilled in observing children in naturalistic settings

  • Use multiple methods of systematic observation
  • Through observation, see relationship Between child’s behaviors and environmental factors in group settings

Goal 3 - Communicate effectively orally and in writing

  • Write developmental report in an objective manner
  • Compose theoretically-based essay
  • Orally present and defend theoretical ideas
  • Communicate effectively with children

Goal 4 - Conduct themselves as members of the child development field

  • Uphold ethical standards of the profession