The child development concentration prepares you to work with infants, toddlers, young children, and their families. You'll graduate equipped to work as a teacher, administrator, home visitor, departmental therapist, or coach in early care settings, education programs, child care centers, Head Start locations, or family child care homes.
- Understand the major theories in child development and appropriately apply to practice.
- Understand and critically evaluate the research process and key content knowledge in child development and translate research findings and content knowledge into practice.
- Understand and demonstrate professional and ethical behavior.
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills for child development, including the use of technology when appropriate.
- Understand the influence of the broader social, cultural, and historical context on children, families, and relationships and apply to practice.
- Successfully complete coursework aligned with the 6 core NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation:
- promoting child development and learning
- building family and community relationships
- observing, documenting, and assessing to support young children and families
- using developmentally effective approaches to connect with children and families
- using content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
- becoming a professional
For a complete list of all the classes you will take and their descriptions, consult our Course Catalog.