Majors in Child Development

  • A student holds a baby near a crib at the campus daycare

    RAPID DEVELOPMENTAL CHANGES MARK THE BABY YEARS  — You’ll learn about the fascinating changes that occur as babies grow from infants to toddlers.

    Shape the Future of Children, Adolescents and Parents

    By learning to serve others, you will engage your community in ways that will shape young lives for years to come. Because your opportunities in this field are numerous, your comprehensive coursework is delivered many ways: lecture halls by professors, large and small group discussions, videos, solo and group projects, and field trips. You will enjoy hands-on experience helping infants and preschoolers.  

    You will also work toward eligibility for certificates that allow you to work in private pre-schools or kindergartens, as well as Head Start and childcare programs.

    BS in Child Development and Family Relations 

    • Embrace all aspects of childhood development so that your professional choices are broad and fulfilling.
    • Develop teaching skills 
    • Grasp the keys to administering child and family advocacy programs.
    • Build a foundation that allows you to pursue graduate studies.
    • Take advantage of internships in over 50 agencies/programs.
    • Obtain your Private School Nursery-Kindergarten certification if interested.
    • Take your degree and apply to graduate schools in counseling, adult education, social work, child development, family studies, marriage and family therapy, juvenile justice, early childhood education, and related fields.

    Minor in Child Development and Family Relations 

    • Enrich your coursework in another discipline by broadening your understanding and support of child development and family relationship issues.
    • Complement your major in sociology, psychology, nursing, deaf education, family and consumer sciences, and criminology, among others.

    Special Scholarships

    The child development and family relations program offers 10 endowed scholarships of $500 to $1,000 each. Here’s more information about endowed scholarships.