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 program’s 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 specialist at 855-646-5286.

*Click here for required general education courses by program.

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 1030 Course The Human Services Professional Practitioner: The Humanitarian in Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 2007 Course Developing the Helping Relationship Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 2050 Course Understanding Urban Culture and Community Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 3010 Course Crisis and Positive Intervention Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 3013 Course Person-Centered Planning and Case Management Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 4003 Course Measuring Effectiveness of Human Services Delivery Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 4009 Course Cultural Humility and Diversity Credits
Course Code HUMN 4010 Course Mental Health Crisis Response Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 4020 Course Advocacy in the Global Community Credits (5 cr.)

Concentration Courses

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 HUMN 3015 Course Child and Family Relationships Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 4030 Course Mental Health Crisis Response for Children and Adolescents Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 4303 Course Trends and Issues in School-Age Children Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 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 10 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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