Child And Adolescent Development

The period from childhood to adolescence is a complex time of transformational physical changes as well as important mental and social development. There are many social influences that can affect the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of children and adolescents. In the online BS in Human Services Child and Adolescent Development concentration, you will study the key theories related to the biological and behavioral maturation processes of this age group. You will examine the trends and issues that affect children and adolescents today—including Internet use, social media, substance abuse, (cyber) bullying, eating disorders, depression, suicide, and teenage pregnancy.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (45 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (55 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

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First Term Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HMNT 1001 Course Living and Learning in a Technological World Credits (6 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HUMN 1020 Course The Humanitarian Professional in a Changing World Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDUC 1006 Course Child, Family, and Community Relationships Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code IDST 2050 Course Interdisciplinary Experience: Sustaining Quality of Life in the City Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 3010 Course Crisis and Intervention Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 4008 Course Intergroup Conflict and Peace Building Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 4402 Course Planning and Budgeting Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 4001 Course Case Management for Persons in Need Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 4002 Course Effective Human Services Interviewing Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 4003 Course Measuring Effectiveness of Human Services Delivery Credits (5 cr.)

Concentration Courses

Choose six courses from those listed below:

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code PSYC 2002 Course Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 2005 Course Social Influences on Behavior Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 2008 Course Learning Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDUC 3203 Course Infant/Toddler Mental Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDUC 3204 Course Family Cultures of Infants and Toddlers Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDUC 3301 Course School-Age and Adolescent Development Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDUC 3303 Course Motivating and Guiding School-Age Children and Adolescents Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDUC 4205 Course Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Infant Settings Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDUC 4206 Course Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Toddler Settings Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDUC 4301 Course School-Age Children and Adolescence in a Multicultural Society Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDUC 4303 Course Trends and Issues in School-Age Children Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDUC 4304 Course Trends and Issues in Adolescence Credits (5 cr.)

Capstone Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HUMN 4920 Course Capstone Credits (5 cr.)

Elective Courses

Choose 11 courses from either general education or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 20 elective credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 55 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.

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