Child Development and Family Studies B.S.

Starts May 17, 2021

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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.

  • Online Courses
Degree Awarded
  • Child Development and Family Studies
Next Start Date
  • May 17, 2021

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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