Through the multidisciplinary child development major you will be prepared for careers in early childhood settings and non-profit agencies serving young children and their families, as well as the pursuit of graduate and professional studies.
Students may choose to combine the child development major with the licensure requirements for either Birth through Kindergarten or K-6 to be eligible to teach in the public school setting. As a child development major, you can also pursue career options including early education and child care programs, child life, early intervention, government agencies, and other agencies offering children’s programs.
All students have the right to an equitable and inclusive learning environment, including fair treatment, acknowledged as individuals, while being encouraged to participate fully in their educational experiences. Thus, the Child Development program will create an environment of respect, tolerance, and understanding of others as unique individuals, through safe spaces within classrooms for discussion, listening, thinking, and learning about these differences. The Child Development program acknowledges that there are many different people, identities, experiences, and perspectives, and as a program, we will address biases and challenge policies and mindset that reinforce dominance or invisibility of others inside and outside of the classroom to help students reach their full potential as students, members of Meredith College community, and society.
Assistant Professor of Child Development Fain Barker brings her passion for early childhood education and a varied professional background to her work at Meredith College. As a faculty member and Birth to Kindergarten Coordinator, she helps Meredith students turn their love for children into careers. When teaching, she bases her classes on research and best practice, supported by examples from her work in early childhood intervention and from her personal experience as a parent.
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Meghan Brooks used her experience in the undergraduate research program to help land a job as a child life specialist.
Turning her challenges into incentives for action and change, Madison Burton, ’18, has adapted to difficulties in her life in order to discover her calling.
The Ellen Brewer House is a five star, on-campus childcare program serving children whose ages range from 6 weeks to 2 years. It has been cited statewide as an exemplary program and offers child development students the opportunity for hands-on learning.
Meredith Advocates for Young Children (MAYC) is an organization devoted to helping shape the future, development, and education of young children. MAYC gives students the opportunity to become involved in the community and develop a professional network.