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Bachelor of Science
Child Development: Early Child Development (B.S.)
Students prepare to work closely with young children and their families in caring for children and educating families on how to do so. They will learn to build and keep family and community relationships.
BYU-Idaho Child Labs mission is to provide opportunities for students to promote the physical, social, and cognitive development of children, and work in partnership with families.
Gain Hands-On Experience
The child development degree focuses on knowledge about children in their environments, such as at home, school, and the community. The goal is to help children and their families to develop and thrive regardless of birth or environmental circumstances.

Students pursuing this degree have many career options, but it is primarily designed for those who desire to work with children and their families in community or government agencies.

Highlighted Career Paths

Graduates with a degree in Child Development, with an Early Child Development emphasis, have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.
Education and Childcare Administrators, Preschool and Daycare
In this career, you will plan, direct, or coordinate academic or nonacademic activities of preschools or childcare centers and programs, including before- and after-school care.
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Social works provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and academic functioning of children. They may assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy.
Social and Human Service Assistants
Service assistants help other social and human service providers in providing client services in various fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. They may assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. Service assistants might also assist social workers with programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.

Getting Started in This Degree

If you are interested in Early Child Development, start with one of the following major-specific courses:

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