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Bachelor of Science
Child Development: General (B.S.)
Child development majors acquire the skills necessary to make a positive difference in the lives of children. Students will be expected to promote the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of children.
Children play with help of student monitors in morning Toddler Lab.
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The child development degree focuses on knowledge about children in their environments, such as at home, at school and in the community. The goal is to help children and their families to develop and thrive regardless of birth or environmental circumstances.

In the Child Development programs, we facilitate our student's growth in knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will lead them to nurture children, celebrate and protect childhood, and fulfill their divine purpose. Depending on the emphasis chosen, graduates will have the skills necessary to promote the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of children from conception through adolescence; provide a safe and nurturing environment; maintain facilities in compliance with appropriate standards; ensure a well-run, purposeful program that uses best practices; keep records; and work with families.

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Highlighted Career Paths

Graduates with a degree in Child Development 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 workers 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 the 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 a wide variety of 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 aid 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 Child Development, start with one of the following major-specific courses:

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