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Education
Degree Requirements
Child Development Major
Child Development Major, Focus Child Life
Child Development Minor
Urban Education Minor
Bachelor's to Master's 4+1 in Child Development/Early Childhood
Teacher Education 4+1
Infant Mental Health 4+1

Child Development Major
(14 semester course credits)

Required:

EDUC 114 Diversity in Children with Special Needs: Cultural and Family Systems (.5)

EDUC 133 Curriculum and Environments in Early Childhood Education Programs (1)

EDUC 134 Research Methodology for Observing Children (1)

EDUC 136 Introduction to Development and Learning in Young Children (1)

EDUC 137 Child Language Acquisition (1)

EDUC 138 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (1)

EDUC 160 History and Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture, and Education (1)

EDUC 191A/B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (1–1.5; 1–1.5)

PSYC 140 Life-Span Developmental Psychology (1)

Senior Requirement:

EDUC 192A/B Senior Seminar: Child Development (.5; .5)

And select additional courses from the following to complete the major in consultation with your advisor:

ANTH 130 Ethnicity, Race, and Child Development (1)

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (1)

EDUC 102 Teaching for Diversity (1)

EDUC 103 Public Policy: Children, Youth, and Family Issues (1)

EDUC 142 The Hospitalized Child (1)

EDUC 153 Administrating Early Childhood Programs (.5)

EDUC 155 Children with Special Needs (1)

EDUC 156 Topics in Child Health and the Exceptional Child (.5)

HIST 158 Growing Up in America (1)

PSYC 165 Infancy (1)

SOC 101 Sociology of the Family (1)

Note: Up to the equivalent of 6 Mills semester course credits of early childhood education courses taken at community colleges may be applied toward this major with the approval of the advisor.

EDUC 142 and 156 each taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist.

Flexibility to substitute a new course, or a course not on the list but offered in the department, is an option available with the approval of a departmental advisor.

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Child Development Major with Focus on Child Life in Hospitals
(14 semester course credits)

Required:

EDUC 114 Diversity in Children with Special Needs: Cultural and Family Systems (.5)

EDUC 134 Research Methodology for Observing Children (1)

EDUC 138 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (1)

EDUC 142 The Hospitalized Child (1)

EDUC 153 Administrating Early Childhood Programs (.5)

EDUC 154 Medical Information: Children in Hospitals and Clinics (.5)

EDUC 155 Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children (1)

EDUC 156 Topics in Child Health and the Exceptional Child (.5)

EDUC 160 History and Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture, and Education (1)

EDUC 173A or B Field Experience in Child Life in Hospitals (.5–2)

EDUC 191A/B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (1–1.5; 1–1.5)

PSYC 140 Life-Span Developmental Psychology (1)

PSYC 165 Infancy (1)

Senior Requirement:

EDUC 192A/B Senior Seminar: Child Development (.5; .5)

Select at least one course from the following:

ANTH 130 Ethnicity, Race, and Child Development (1)

EDUC 103 Public Policy: Children, Youth, and Family Issues (1)

EDUC 133 Curriculum and Environments in Early Childhood Education Programs (1)

EDUC 136 Introduction to Development and Learning in Young Children (1)

EDUC 137 Child Language Acquisition (1)

PSYC 080 Adolescence (1)

PSYC 109 Health Psychology (1)

PSYC 110 Stress and Disease (1)

PSYC 142 Attachment and Loss (1)

PSYC 165 Infancy (1)

SOC 142 Medical Sociology (1)

Select additional courses to complete the major in consultation with your advisor.

EDUC 142 and 156 each taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist.

Note: No more than the equivalent of 3 Mills semester course credits of early childhood education courses taken at community colleges may be applied toward this major.

To be admitted into the child development major with a focus on child life in hospitals, students must have completed 100 hours of volunteer work in a child life program before their junior year.

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Child Development Minor
(6 semester course credits)

Required:

EDUC 134 Research Methodology for Observing Children (1)

EDUC 136 Introduction to Development and Learning in Young Children (1)

PSYC 140 Life-Span Developmental Psychology (1)

Select courses from the following:

ANTH 130 Ethnicity, Race, and Child Development (1)

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (1)

EDUC 114 Diversity in Children with Special Needs: Cultural and Family Systems (.5)

EDUC 137 Child Language Acquisition (1)

EDUC 138 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (1)

EDUC 142 The Hospitalized Child (1)

EDUC 155 Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children (1)

EDUC 160 History and Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture, and Education (1) and an approved field experience with children

PSYC 165 Infancy (1)

Note: Flexibility to substitute a new course, or a course not on the list but offered in the department, is an option with the approval of a departmental advisor.

EDUC 142 taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist.

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Urban Education Minor
(6 semester course credits)

Required:

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (1)

EDUC 120 Urban Education (1–1.25)

EDUC 125 Inquiry and Action in Urban Schools (1–1.25)

Electives:

ANTH 104 School Culture and Policy (1)

ANTH 130 Ethnicity, Race, and Child Development (1)

EDUC 102 Teaching for Diversity (1)

EDUC 103 Public Policy, Children, Youth, and Families (1)

EDUC 230 History of Education (1)

EDUC 240 (440) Hip Hop Pedagogy  (1)

ENG 122A (222A) Community Teaching: Literary Arts Education, Theory and Pedagogy I (.5)

ENG 122B (222B) Community Teaching: Literary Arts Education, Theory and Pedagogy II (.5)

ETHS 51 Introduction to Ethnic Studies (1)

ETHS 52 African American Women's History (1)

ETHS 126 Theories of Race and Ethnicity (1)

ETHS 158 Latino Immigration (1)

ETHS 159 History of Latinos in the US (1)

ICL 181 Women's Civic Leadership Seminar (1)

LET 131 (231) Aspects of Hispanic American Cultures  (1)

PPOL 015  Introduction to Policy: Identifying and Solving Public Problems (1)

PPOL 111 Introduction to Public Radio Reporting  (1)

PPOL 112 Intermediate Public Radio Reporting (1.25)

SOC 108 Urban Sociology (1)

SOC 134  Social Inequality (1)

SOC 145  Sociology of Education (1)

SOC 146  Sociology of Hip-Hop (1.0-1.25)

SOC 156  Sociology of Oakland (1)

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Bachelor's to Master's 4+1 in Child Development/Early Childhood
(14 semester course credits)

Required:

Sophomore

EDUC 114 Diversity in Children with Special Needs: Cultural and Family Systems (.5)

EDUC 133 Curriculum and Environments in Early Childhood Education Programs (1)

EDUC 136 Introduction to Development and Learning in Young Children (1)

EDUC 160 History and Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture, and Education (1)

PSYC 140 Life-Span Developmental Psychology (1) (Psych 40 could be taken in the freshman year)

Junior

EDUC 134 Research Methodology for Observing Children (1)

EDUC 137 Child Language Acquisition (1)

EDUC 138 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (1)

EDUC 191B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (1–1.5)

Senior

EDUC 191A Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (1–1.5)

EDUC 192A/B Senior Seminar: Child Development (.5; .5)

EDUC 153 Administrating Early Childhood Programs (.5)

And select additional courses from the department to total 14 credits

Teacher Education 4+1

4+1 BA, MA, and Teacher Credential Program Courses of Study

The Mills College 4+1 BA, MA, and teacher credential program allows undergraduates to complete their disciplinary major, a master of arts degree in education with an emphasis on teaching, and a teaching credential from the state of California. All requirements for the BA are completed during the first four years of the program and, during this time, students also take courses that serve as part of their preparation for earning a teaching credential and master’s degree. Student teaching and master’s course work are completed during the fifth year. Due to the fast pace of the 4+1 program, students will not be able to complete a double major as a part of their BA. The requirements of the senior and fifth years do not allow for a study abroad program during those years.

Single Subject Credential: Art, English, French, Spanish, and Social Studies

This credential authorizes recipients to teach art, English, French, Spanish, or social studies in grades 6–12. This work is completed in conjunction with a master of arts degree in education with an emphasis in teaching.

Course of Study

The course of study begins in the sophomore year, before actual enrollment in the 4+1 program. Students interested in the 4+1 program should take the sophomore and junior classes listed below and then, upon acceptance to the program, complete the remaining courses and student teaching.

Sophomore

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (1) Fall

Junior

EDUC 348 Building Structures for Equity, Excellence, and Access (.5) Fall

Senior

EDUC 301A/B Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Teachers (1; 1) Fall/Spring

EDUC 339 Development and Learning in Adolescents (1) Fall

EDUC 353 English Language Development and Content Instruction Methods—Single Subj. (1) Fall

EDUC 389 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Secondary Schools (.5) Spring

Complete subject area major.

Complete all undergraduate requirements for BA.

Fifth Year

EDUC 207A/B Inquiry into the Teaching Process: Practice into Theory (1; 1) Fall and Spring

EDUC 293B Research Seminar—MEET (1) Fall and Spring

EDUC 347A/B Introduction to the Profession of Teaching Diverse Learners (.5; .5) Fall and Spring

EDUC 385A/B Student Teaching in the Secondary School (1; 1) Fall and Spring

Elective in education (1) Fall or Spring


Single Subject Credential: Math and Science

This credential authorizes recipients to teach mathematics, life sciences, or physical sciences in grades 6–12. This work is completed in conjunction with a master of arts degree in education with an emphasis in teaching.

Course of Study

The course of study begins in the sophomore year, before actual enrollment in the 4+1 program. Students interested in the 4+1 program should take the sophomore and junior classes listed below and then, upon acceptance to the program, complete the remaining courses and student teaching.

Sophomore

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (1) Fall

Junior

EDUC 348 Building Structures for Equity, Excellence, and Access (.5) Fall

Senior

EDUC 305A Instruction for Secondary Math and Science Teachers (1) Fall

EDUC 305B Teaching Methods for Integrated Secondary Science and Math Instruction (1) Spring

EDUC 339 Development and Learning in Adolescents (1) Fall

EDUC 353 English Language Development and Content Instruction Methods—Single Subj. (1) Fall

EDUC 389 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Secondary Schools (.5) Spring

Two of the following:
EDUC 393 Topics in Chemistry (.5) or
EDUC 394 Topics in Mathematics (.5) or
EDUC 395 Topics in Biology (.5) or
EDUC 396 Topics in Physics (.5)

Complete subject area major.

Complete all undergraduate requirements for BA or BS.

Fifth Year

EDUC 207A/B Inquiry into the Teaching Process: Practice into Theory (1; 1) Fall and Spring

EDUC 293B Research Seminar—MEET (1) Fall and Spring

EDUC 347A/B Introduction to the Profession of Teaching Diverse Learners (.5; .5) Fall and Spring

EDUC 385A/B Student Teaching in the Secondary School (1–3; 1–3) Fall and Spring

Elective in education (1) Fall or Spring


Elementary Multiple Subjects Credential

Although this credential authorizes recipients to teach in any self-contained K–12 classroom, it is recommended specifically for those interested in teaching grades K–6. This work is completed in conjunction with a master of arts degree in education with an emphasis in teaching.

Course of Study

The course of study begins in the sophomore year, before actual enrollment in the 4+1 program. Students interested in the 4+1 program should take the sophomore and junior classes listed below and then, upon acceptance to the program, complete the remaining courses and student teaching.

Sophomore

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (1) Fall

Junior

EDUC 348 Building Structures for Equity, Excellence, and Access (.5) Fall

Senior

EDUC 300A/B Curriculum and Instruction in the Elementary School (1; 1) Fall and Spring

EDUC 303A/B Mathematics in the Elementary School (1; 1) Fall and Spring

EDUC 352 English Language Development and Content Instructions Methods—Multiple Subj. (1) 

EDUC 379 Teaching Reading, Language Arts, and Literature in Elementary School (1) Fall 

EDUC 380 Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School (1) Spring

Complete subject area major.

Complete all undergraduate requirements for BA.

Fifth Year

EDUC 207A/B Inquiry into the Teaching Process: Practice into Theory (1; 1) Fall and Spring

EDUC 236 Development and Learning in Young Children (1) Fall

EDUC 293B Research Seminar—MEET (1) Fall and Spring

EDUC 347A/B Introduction to the Profession of Teaching Diverse Learners (.5; .5) Fall and Spring

EDUC 373A/B Student Teaching in the Elementary School (.5-3; .5-3) Fall and Spring

Elective in education (1) Fall or Spring

Multiple Subjects Credential with an Early Childhood Emphasis

This credential authorizes recipients to teach in any self-contained K–12 classroom. This work is completed in conjunction with a master of arts degree either in early childhood education or in child life. This option is available only to students who are undergraduate students majoring in child development.

Course of Study

The course of study begins in the sophomore year, before actual enrollment in the 4+1 program. Students interested in the 4+1 program should take the sophomore and junior classes listed below and then, upon acceptance to the program, complete the remaining courses and student teaching.

Sophomore

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (1) Fall

Junior

EDUC 348 Building Structures for Equity, Excellence, and Access (.5) Fall

Senior

EDUC 300A/B Curriculum and Instruction in the Elementary School (1; 1) Fall and Spring

EDUC 303A/B Mathematics in the Elementary School (1; 1) Fall and Spring

EDUC 352 English Language Development and Content Instructions Methods—Multiple Subj. (1) Fall and Spring

EDUC 379 Teaching Reading, Language Arts, and Literature in Elementary School (1) Fall and Spring

EDUC 380 Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School (1) Spring

Complete subject area major.

Complete all undergraduate requirements for BA.

Fifth Year

EDUC 236 Development and Learning in Young Children (1) Fall

EDUC 246 Working with Families and the Community (.5) Spring

EDUC 260 History and Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture, and Education (.5) Fall

EDUC 290 Advanced Seminar in Child Development (1) Fall

EDUC 294A/B Graduate Seminar: Research in Education—ECE (1; 1) Fall and Spring

EDUC 373A/B Student Teaching in the Elementary School (.5-3.0; .5-3.0) Fall and Spring

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Last Updated: 3/17/14