The Developing Child Summer Minor and Certificate

The Developing Child Summer Minor and Certificate

The Developing Child is an interdisciplinary, developmental science Summer Minor and Certificate, focused on children from the prenatal period to age 8. Integrating research, practice, and policy with problem-solving and implementation skills for the real world, the innovative coursework and practicum will enrich your approach to working with or on behalf of young children.

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  • Psych 149 Early Development & Learning Science Core Seminar (3 units). This seminar will survey early childhood from the perspectives of education, neuroscience, psychology, public health, public policy, and social welfare, with a series of visiting lectures. The instructor will facilitate the integration and application of theories and ideas across disciplines to develop a common language for ED&LS. Course#119653
  • Psych 142 Applied Early Developmental Psychology (3 units). This course explores the development of children from the prenatal period to age 8, in a wide range of areas including biological, cognitive, linguistic, social, and personality development. It examines and applies research findings about the effects of genes, experience, and social context on young children's development. Course#119641
  • Psych 149A The Developing Child Practicum: Linking Research and Practice (3 units). The ED&LS Practicum applies early child development and learning knowledge with coaching to foster students’ hands-on learning in an on-campus early childhood education program. Course#119654
  • Psych 149B Contexts of Early Development (3 units). This seminar will examine the developmental context of young children—from the prenatal period to age 8. The course is designed to introduce research on how individual, family, pre-/school, community, and digital media contexts influence children’s development and learning. We will discuss how this understanding may be different, depending on whether one has studied psychology, neuroscience, education, social welfare, public health, or public policy, and how each contributes to our deeper understanding of children’s healthy development. Course#TBD
  • Psych 149D Early Childhood Policy (3 units). This seminar examines how the diverse policy contexts in which children are born and raised have dramatic implications for their life trajectories. We will explore how, when and why government intervenes in children’s lives, through family, pre-/school, community, and digital media contexts, aiming to improve their developmental trajectories. From this basis, we investigate the effects of policies on children locally, nationally, and internationally. Drawing from a variety of case studies and empirical research, students will gain a deep understanding of policy goals, development, implementation, and implications. After gaining familiarity with early childhood policies, students will develop their own early childhood policy. Course#TBD

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Additional Details

The Developing Child Minor and Certificate will enrich your area of study and give you hands-on skills for working with or on behalf of young children. The Developing Child cohort will be limited to 30 students. The Minor is available to matriculated UC Berkeley students; the Certificate is available to visiting students. All coursework is taught in English and requires complex discussion and problem-solving in English. By applying to the program, prospective students are also submitting their "Intent to Declare the ED&LS Minor" and will be approved to enroll in all 5 of the required courses to complete the minor or certificate pending admittance to the program.  Students will be admitted on a rolling basis. Please email our Minor Advisor, René Erdem, with any questions.

Summer 2019 Dates

February 4: Enrollment opens for UC Berkeley Students

February 19: Enrollment opens for visitors and International Students

Minor and Certificate Program Dates

12-week Session: May 28 – August 16

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