The Developing Child Summer Minor and Certificate

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. All students must be available during the 12-week summer session dates (May 28 - August 16).

When can I enroll in The Developing Child Summer Minor or Certificate courses, pending application?

Interested students are required to apply to The Developing Child Summer Minor or Certificate and Intent to Declare Minor and to be admitted before enrolling for courses. Due to the cohort being limited to 30 students, please apply early.  Students will be notified prior to course enrollment:
February 4: UC Berkeley Students
February 19: 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. 

How long does it take to complete The Developing Child Summer Minor or Certificate?

The Minor and Certificate must be completed in one summer.

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 and Certificate will enrich your area of study and give you hands-on skills to work with or on behalf of young children. It will help you develop an interdisciplinary approach to understanding child development in a variety of contexts. You will integrate interdisciplinary research and practice and be able to apply your new found knowledge.

What distinguishes The Developing Child Summer Minor or Certificate program?

The Developing Child is distinguished by its:

  • Specific focus on the prenatal period to 8 years
  • Interdisciplinary breadth across education, psychology, social welfare, public health, and public policy
  • Completion in one 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 and Certificate, students will:

  • Understand the theoretical bases and empirical science of early development and learning, from prenatal 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 #119653
  • 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 #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 Context 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. Class #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

When are The Developing Child classes offered?

The Developing Child classes are offered over a 12 week Summer Session. Students must be available to attend and complete the coursework in one summer as a cohort.

Click here to see the 2019 class schedule

     Session: May 28 – August 16, 2019 (12-week session)

  •  Psych 149 (MW 9-11AM)
  •  Psych 142 (MW 11-1PM)
  • *Psych 149A (MW 1-3PM) with a 5-Hour/Week Practicum TTh mornings, after 3pm M-Th, or Fridays
  •  Psych 149B (TTh 11-1PM)
  •  Psych 149D (TTH 1-3PM)

Should I apply to additional courses this summer? 

No. The Developing Child Summer Minor/Certificate is a rigorous and time consuming program. Taking additional courses is NOT recommended.

How do I apply to The Developing Child Summer Minor or Certificate?

To apply and submit your Intent to Declare for The Developing Child Minor or Certificate:

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, Research Coordinator.

What are the requirements to enroll in The Developing Child Practicum Course (Psych 149A)?

To enroll in Psych 149A, students must:

  • Be accepted to the minor/certificate program
  • Sign up for a 5-hour/week campus practicum placement (This is in addition to the Psych 149A course lecture)
  • Provide copies of records verifying:
    • Tuberculosis (TB) clearance
    • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Immunization (MMR)
    • Pertussis/Whooping Cough Immunization (Tdap, Dtap)
    • Influenza (Flu) Vaccination (dated on or after 8/1/17) or a signed opt-out statement
    • Health Statement

For questions regarding admission or immunization requirements, please contact Luvy Vanegas-Grimaud, Research Coordinator.