Child Development and Family Studies


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.

Admissions Requirements

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


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. West Virginia University's Professional Education Preparation Unit is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Online Courses

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Child Development and Family Studies requires 120 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $426.

Residents and Non-Residents
Estimated Tuition Based on Credit Hours
Credit Hours Cost
1 $426
3 $1,278
6 $2,556
9 $3,834

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.

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020    Apply Now


What can you do with a Child Development and Family Studies?

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.

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).

Child, Family and School Social Worker

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Secondary School Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Special Education Teacher – Kindergarten & Elementary

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Elementary School Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9% *Bright Outlook

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