The Developing Child Summer Minor and Certificate
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to pursue The Developing Child Summer Minor and Certificate?
The Minor is available to matriculated UC Berkeley students. The Certificate is available to visiting students.
When can I enroll in The Developing Child Summer Minor or Certificate courses, pending application?
Interested students can apply to The Developing Child Summer Minor or Certificate today. If your application is accepted, course enrollment opens:
February 1: UC Berkeley Students
February 15: Visitors and International Students
Are there any prerequisites for The Developing Child?
No. There are no prerequisites.
How big is The Developing Child Summer Minor or Certificate cohort?
The Developing Child cohort and core classes will be limited to 30 students. The Minor and Certificate cohort will be filled on a rolling basis, once applications are approved. For an application, please contact Luvy Vanegas-Grimaud, ED&LS Coordinator.
How long does it take to complete The Developing Child Summer Minor or Certificate?
The Minor and Certificate may be completed in one summer or more.
Does The Developing Child Summer Minor or Certificate qualify for the Summer Sessions scholarship?
Yes. UC Berkeley students who complete all minor requirements with a grade of C- or better will recieve the $2K Summer Sessions Scholarship at the time of completion. Students enrolled in the certificate are not eligible for the scholarship. For more information contact Summer Sessions.
Why pursue The Developing Child Summer Minor or Certificate?
The Minor or Certificate can enrich your area of study and give you hands-on skills to work with or on behalf of young children.
What distinguishes The Developing Child Summer Minor or Certificate program?
The Developing Child is distinguished by its:
- Specific focus on young children aged birth to 8 years
- Interdisciplinary breadth across education, psychology, social welfare, public health, and public policy
- Flexible model to pursue it in one or more summer
- Innovative curriculum that incorporates design thinking and a practicum
- Small cohort model (limited to 30 students)
- Nexus between theory and practice
What are the learning goals for The Developing Child Summer Minor or Certificate?
Upon completion of The Developing Child Summer Minor or Certificate, students will:
- Understand the theoretical bases and empirical science of early development and learning, from birth to age 8.
- Emphasis is on the interaction of biological, psychological, and socio-cultural mechanisms that shape young children’s health, development, and learning;
- Develop an interdisciplinary and scholarly approach to research, practice, and policy issues across early development and learning science domains;
- Become reflective and critical thinkers who are familiar with the range of research methods and design used in ED&LS studies, and who have the knowledge, skills, and experience to address crucial issues; and
- Understand how to establish and foster effective partnerships with families, schools, organizations, and communities, at local, state, national, and international levels to create more responsive systems to serve diverse young children and their families.
What coursework is required for The Developing Child Summer Minor or Certificate?
Students must complete all 5 of the following courses:
- 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 #14984
- Psych 142 Applied Early Developmental Psychology (3 units). This course explores the development of children from birth 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 #14983
- Psych 149A Early Development & Learning Science Practicum (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 #15009
- Psych 132 Applied Early Developmental Psychopathology (3 units). This course examines young children’s normal development and mental disorders in context. For children’s disorders, we will examine how and why rates of prevalence, identification, and treatment vary greatly around the nation and the world, and across socioeconomic strata and racial/ethnic groups. Course #15004
- Psych 149C Design Thinking in Early Development & Learning Science (3 units). This seminar will bring together students using design thinking to address pressing issues related to The Developing Child, such as: How do we get socioeconomically disadvantaged young children school-ready? The approach will integrate and actively apply content from psychology, public health and policy, social welfare, and education. Course #15006
When are The Developing Child classes offered?
The Developing Child classes are offered in Summer Sessions A and D. Students may complete the coursework in one or more summer.
Session A: May 21 – June 29, 2018 (first 6-week session)
- Psych 142 (MWF 3-5:30 PM)
- Psych 149 (TTH 9-1 PM)
- *Psych 149A (TH 4-8 PM) with a 5-Hour/Week Practicum
Session D: July 2 – August 10, 2018 (second 6-week session)
- Psych 132 (MWF 3-5:30 PM)
- Psych 149C (TTH 9-1 PM)
- *Psych 149A (TH 4-8 PM) with a 5-Hour/Week Practicum
* Psych 149A: Early Development and Learning Science Practicum, begins in Session A and runs through Session D (for a duration of 12 weeks).
How do I apply to The Developing Child Summer Minor or Certificate?
To apply for The Developing Child Minor or Certificate:
- Complete The Developing Child application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, limited to 30 students. To request it, email: Luvy Vanegas-Grimaud, ED&LS Coordinator or visit The Developing Child website and click on the Apply link.
- Once approved, submit required immunization records to Luvy Vanegas-Grimaud.
- Register for The Developing Child Coursework via Summer Sessions. Enrollment opens February 1st for UC Berkeley students and February 15th for visiting and international students.
The Developing Child coursework is rigorous, and requires complex discussion and problem-solving in English, so written and spoken proficiency in English is required. If you have questions about the language requirements, please contact Luvy Vanegas-Grimaud, ED&LS Coordinator.
What are the requirements to enroll in The Developing Child Practicum Course (Psych 149A)?
To enroll in Psych 149A, students must:
- Sign up for a 5-hour/week campus practicum placement
- Provide copies of records verifying:
- Tuberculosis (TB) clearance
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Immunization (MMR)
- Pertussis/Whooping Cough Immunization
- Influenza (Flu) Vaccination (dated on or after 8/1/17) or a signed opt-out statement
For questions regarding immunization requirements, please contact Luvy Vanegas-Grimaud, ED&LS Coordinator.
Please contact Luvy Vanegas-Grimaud, ED&LS Coordinator.