Working with preschool children as they develop their academic, social, and cognitive skills is a rewarding career with increasing job opportunities.
Students will learn best practices for early childhood development 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 the courses are offered online except for field experience which can be completed in the student's home location under the supervision of experienced educators.
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 Applied Human Sciences is offering an online bachelor’s degree which prepares students for a career with young children.
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Learn more about student experiences in the Child Development and Family Studies B.S. program.
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.
The Child Development and Family Studies B.S. requires 120 credit hours to
complete. Cost per credit hour is $451.
$54,120 – Residents and Non-Residents
Tuition and fees are usually not the only educational expenses you may have while pursuing a degree. You may have other costs such as books, supplies and living expenses. Please see the Estimate Costs and Aid webpage for how to estimate and plan for other potential expenses.
General Education Foundations (GEF) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 (31-37 Credits)
Outstanding GEF Requirements 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8
A minimum grade of C- is required in all Child Development and Family Studies Major Coursework.
General Electives: 23-49
|Families Across the Life Span (GEF 4)
|Introduction to Marriage and Family (GEF 8)
|Introduction to Parenting
|Development in Early and Middle Childhood
|Research Methods (fulfills Writing and Communication Skills requirement)
|Stress in Families
|Special Education in Contemporary Society (GEF 8)
Area of Emphasis: 24-49
Child Development Requirements
|Child Development Practicum
|Infant Toddler Language and Literacy
|Early Socio-Emotional Development
|Professional Field Experience
|Professional Field Experience
|Early Childhood Education 1
|Early Childhood Education 2
|First Aid and Emergency Care
|Literacy and the Young Child
or ECSE 312
or ECSE 317
|Developmental Assessment for Young Children with Special Needs
or Differentiated Instruction for Young Children with Special Needs
or Technology for Young Children with/without Special Needs
|Best Practices in Pre-K Movement
Choose one of the following courses:
|Materials and Procedures
|Creative Experiences in Early Childhood
|Music in the Elementary School
The Business of Child Care and Education
Choose two of the following courses:
|Principles of Marketing
|Principles of Management
|Leadership in Early Childhood
|Child Care Center Administration
|The Business of Child Care Management and Financial Strategies
|External Funding: Early Childhood Programs
Total credit hours: 120
The online Birth through 5/Pre-K non-certification option focuses on development from birth through age eight, with an emphasis on preparing students to work with young children and families.
Students will also complete field experiences and internships in early childhood settings, including Pre-K classrooms, hospitals, afterschool programs, and childcare centers. The CDFS degree is best suited for students interested working with young children and their families, including careers as a developmental specialist, parent educator, and early childhood resiliency specialist.
Students in the Birth through 5/Pre-Kindergarten option of Child Development and Family Studies will acquire:
A career in the area of child development and family studies provides opportunities to support children, families, and communities to meet their greatest potential. This type of career allows for individuals to work with people to build better communities. Also see more examples of why social science careers are impactful here: whysocialscience.com.
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
Child Care Director
Projected Growth: (11%) Faster than average
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).
The BS degree in Child Development and Family Studies prepares students for working with children, adolescents and families in various settings, while encouraging children to become competent, independent learners.
Yes, and our program is 100% online.
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.
Yes. There is a growing demand for Child Development majors. Healthy children have a better chance of developing into healthy adults. Child Development professionals work to assist children in staying on track as they progress through their formative years.
There are several things you can do with your degree besides teach. Some additional occupations/areas to consider would be: School Administration, Educational Consultant, Curriculum Designer, After School Program Director or a position in Education Policy and Research.
Some of the highest paying jobs in early childhood education are: early childhood special education teacher, pre-school childcare directors, early childhood instructional specialists and early childhood education professors.