The child development program offers training designed to deepen students’ understanding of themselves and others through the study of development in the context of family, society and culture. Through a variety of academic and applied experiences, this program prepares students to be ethical, professional and knowledgeable in theories and milestones of child and family development. Using research based, developmentally-appropriate practice, students in this major will be prepared to address the diverse needs of children and families in a variety of settings and careers.
Electives in the program are available to guide students in their career interests such as early childhood, applied behavior analysis or elementary school. Students interested in teaching elementary school students are encouraged to enroll in the child development education preparation track as described below.
- Demonstrate knowledge of children’s development.
- Utilize this knowledge in creating appropriate environments for children that fully support and facilitate their development.
- Be aware of key research findings in the field of child development.
- Demonstrate the ability to observe, evaluate and facilitate children’s development.
- Understand and demonstrate how to interact in a positive and supportive manner with children, parents, colleagues and others present in the child’s environment and the wider community through oral and written means.
- Demonstrate professional behavior under wide ranging circumstances.