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Child/Adolescent Development

Gain an understanding of changes across childhood and adolescence with a minor in child/adolescent development.

Why Study Child/Adolescent Development?

Through the child/adolescent development minor at USD, you'll gain in-depth knowledge of the developmental process in childhood and adolescence, then examine that development within the lifespan. The curriculum is based on Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory, which looks at a child’s development as a function of interactions with their environments (immediate, social, cultural and global). You'll have the opportunity to explore your own development and the development of others through engaging coursework taught by expert faculty. You'll also choose elective coursework that relates to your interests and career goals, giving you the chance to explore additional contextual factors that affect child and adolescent development. The knowledge you gain in this program will serve you well in a variety of careers, including those in education, human service organizations, pediatric nursing, juvenile justice, speech language pathology, social work and more.

Expand your understanding of the developmental process in childhood and adolescence at USD.             

Degrees & Offerings

Child/Adolescent Development

  Vermillion Main Campus

A minor in child/adolescent development requires 18 credit hours. This comprises a required core of 12 credit hours and six hours of electives across a range of disciplines. Your options for courses include Lifespan Development, Ecology of Child and Adolescent Development, Psychology of Adolescence and more.

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Teacher Residency & Education

The Division of Teacher Residency & Education is focused on preparing effective, responsive teachers who can meet the needs of all students in today's schools. Through unique features such as a robust yearlong residency, an emphasis on technology and curriculum that recognizes a variety of learners, our division offers an enriching education for the next generation of educators.

Faculty & staff

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Division of Teacher Residency & Education. Our faculty's K-12 experience informs their teaching; they know what it's like to manage a classroom, plan curriculum and teach a wide variety of learners, so they have the expertise necessary to prepare you for your future classroom.
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Amy Schweinle

Dean, School of Ed
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Nicki Carr

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Kristen DeMuth

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Jolinda Gray

Program Assistant II
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Branden Hoefert

Academic Advisor
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Chelle Kirkpatrick

Program Assistant I
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April Lee

SOE Recruiter
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Daniel Mourlam

Associate Professor
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Jill Paulson

Academic Advisor
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Penny Reifenrath

Acctng Asst/Dean's Office Sup
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Kali Sloup

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Lisa Utech

Senior Secretary
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Jing Williams

Associate Professor
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Robin Wiebers

Assoc Dean, School of Educ

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