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Child Development and Family Studies B.S.

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College of Education and Human Services

Degree Awarded: Child Development and Family Studies

Make a Difference in the Life of a Child

The Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies, with a Pre-K certification option, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, is ideal for you if you want to enter the field of early childhood education prepared to work with children and families. Helping a child to develop and grow is very rewarding. You will learn developmentally appropriate practices and focus on early education advocacy and leadership. You have the option to obtain the degree with Pre-K certification in the state of West Virginia. This online program also allows you to complete field experiences and internships close to your home.

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Online Asynchronous

Start Date

January 10, 2022
August 17, 2022

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Program Details

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Working with preschool children as they develop their academic, social, and cognitive skills is a rewarding career and one that has increasing job opportunities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of preschool teachers is projected to grow 10 percent through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The College of Education and Human Services is offering an online bachelor’s degree which prepares students for a career with young children and meets the West Virginia Department of Education requirements for Pre-K Certification.

Students will learn best practices for early childhood and focus on advocacy and leadership in the field of early education. The program incorporates the West Virginia Core Knowledge and Core Competencies and the West Virginia Early Standards Framework in order to include the most recent requirements set forth by West Virginia agencies. The curriculum follows the standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

All of the courses are offered online except for CPR/First Aid and field experience which can be completed in the students’ home location under the supervision of experienced educators.

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Admission Requirements

Contact Damia Dobbs to discuss eligibility.


Admissions Process

Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Application Requirements

  • Apply with the online Undergraduate Application
  • Pay undergraduate application fee
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU), or high school transcripts if fewer than 20 college credits and send to:
    WVU Office of Admissions
    PO Box 6009
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6009

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Child Development and Family Studies B.S. requires 120 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $427.

Total Degree Cost

$51,240 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $427
3 $1,281
6 $2,562
9 $3,843

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Child Development and Family Studies B.S. degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Child, Family and School Social Worker
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Special Education Teacher - Preschool
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Kindergarten Teacher
Projected Growth: 4-6%

Secondary School Teacher
Projected Growth: 4-6%

Elementary School Teacher
Projected Growth: 2-3% *Bright Outlook

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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