Child Development

Discover what you can learn and where a child development major can take you.

Child Development is a diversified, multidisciplinary field. The main focus is on the changes in physical-motor, cognitive, language and social-emotional development of the child from birth to adolescence. Child development encompasses both the study of scientific principles of development and the application of these principles to children’s education and welfare.

Student working with children in Child Development Center


  • Working with children
  • Early and middle childhood development
  • Curriculum planning
  • Social services
  • Owning and administering an early childhood center

icon Learn

  • Developmental theories and domains
  • Contemporary issues
  • Research methods
  • Legal/ethical issues
  • Developmentally appropriate practices
  • Focus on early childhood, middle childhood or social services


  • Infant/toddler and preschool teachers and administrators
  • Curriculum specialists
  • After-school program coordinators
  • Early intervention specialists
  • Foster care and adoption caseworkers

iconCareer Opportunities

  • Infant, toddler, or preschool centers
  • Elementary schools
  • School districts
  • County offices of education
  • Social service agencies
  • Child and family community programs
  • Hospitals

icon Degrees and Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Child Development
  • Bachelor of Arts in Child Development–Fast Track for students with AA or AS in Child Development
  • Those majoring in Liberal Studies can complete their concentration in Child Development
  • Minor in Child Development
  • Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Child Development
  • Child Development Graduate Certificate

Child Development Student


"True inspiration is experiencing a child’s enthusiasm after an accomplishment and realizing you helped make the difference."

Lesli Fragoso
Child Development Student