Students studying child development take courses that focus on the physical, social, emotional, linguistic and intellectual development of children from birth through age 8. Most classes have opportunities for students to observe and work with young children, as well as an on-site infant toddler program where students observe and may be hired as work-study students. All students complete an advanced practicum or student teaching internship prior to graduation.
Major in Child Development
Students earning a major in child development must complete 31-40 credit hours of core course requirements and up to 10 credit hours of approved electives for a total of 31-50 semester hours. Additional coursework is required to obtain N.C. teacher licensure.
Minor in Child Development
Students earning a minor in child development must complete 18 credit hours of child development courses.
Child Development Major Required Courses 31-50 hours
Students must complete the courses in the core curriculum (31-40) plus three courses chosen from the list of electives (0-10) for a total of 31-50 semester hours. Core courses are as follows:
* K-6 Licensure candidates meet the BK 445 requirement by completing EDU 358 and EDU 359
** Licensure candidates meet the CD 450 requirement by completing EDU 490* K-6 Licensure candidates meet the BK 445 requirement by completing EDU 358 and EDU 359
Electives chosen from the following (0-10 credits)***
*** K-6 Licensure candidates can also meet the electives requirement by completing 9 credit hours of Professional Education Courses at or above the 400 level
Approved CD courses from study abroad (Danish Institute or Meredith’s program in Italy)