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Bachelor of Arts inChild Development

The Bachelor of Arts in Child Development program consists of 42 credit hours and is offered fully online.  The Online B.A. in Child Development degree is designed for busy adult students who are interested in obtaining their degree and require the flexibility of attending class on their schedule.

Area of Study: Teacher Education

  • Next Start Date: 01/14/2016
  • Start Time: 7-7:45 p.m. CST
  • Credit Hours: 42
  • Course Length: 7 weeks

This program can be taken:

  • Online
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Child Development
Curriculum Overview


Students will learn developmentally appropriate practices, and focus on advocacy and leadership in the field of early education. Program courses address the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards for initial professional preparation. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Articulate the theories in the field of early education that support best practices.
  • Define developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Articulate the role of families as the primary teachers, caregivers and models in the lives of young children.
  • Create inclusive and effective learning environments for young children.
  • Develop a framework for making ethical decisions as an early childhood professional.
  • With this early childhood development degree, students will be able to explain major developmental theories of ECE.

To be considered for admission, program candidates need to be employed, or regularly volunteering, in the area of education with children.

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Course Name
  • Intro to ECE3
  • Writing for Educators3
  • Growth/Development Child3
  • Child Social & Emotional Grwth3
  • Human Diversity & Relations3
  • DAP in ECE3
  • Children's Play and Learning3
  • Ethics in Early Childhood3
  • Infants and Toddlers3
  • Language Development/Literacy3
  • Children's Literature3
  • Dual Language Learners3
  • Young Child with Special Needs3
  • Portfolio and Synthesis3
CHD-400 - Intro to ECE

This seminar helps students grasp the breadth, depth, and foundations of early childhood education.

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  1. Apply Online
  2. Final and official transcripts from all previous institutions attended* If you have attended a MNSCU college or university we also ask that you provide an official accompanying DARS or MnTC goal area worksheet.  Concordia accepts completed goal areas.* If you have less than 20 college credits completed, you will need to submit your official high school transcript as well as any college level courses you have taken.
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below.  Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).What has led you to pursue your undergraduate degree?What are your long term personal and professional goals?
    • What has led you to pursue your undergraduate degree?
    • What are your long term personal and professional goals?
  4. Applicants of BA-Child Development must be a practitioner in their field through work or volunteerism and should demonstrate this involvement on their resume.
  5. Submit a professional resume.

*128 credits need to be completed to earn bachelor’s degree

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling in an adult undergraduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University’s technology requirements. Contact Concordia’s Help Desk at or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Career Potential

After graduation, people who possess a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development can pursue a variety of different careers. Graduates may be attracted to working as director of a preschool or daycare, or they may choose to go into traditional public or private education settings. There is rising demand in the community child education sector, social work and child life specialist areas.

The field of child development is attractive to many students due to its interdisciplinary nature. In addition to education, the degree combines several aspects of psychology, communication and social science. Graduates of this program have a wide base of knowledge within these fields, making the degree extremely valuable. As an example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the need for preschool teachers will grow by 25 percent by the year 2020.

Salary Expectations

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers earned a median salary of $53,090 annually in 2012, with an average rate of growth/job outlook. Preschool and childcare center directors earned less in 2012 — a median annual salary of $43,950 — but people in that position can expect the field to grow 17 percent (faster than average) by the year 2022. In the same year, social workers earned a median annual salary of $44,200. Like preschool and childcare center directors, social workers can also expect to experience higher than average job growth in the coming years. (All figures according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

  • Elementary School Teacher$53,090
  • Childcare Center Director$43,950
  • Social Worker$44,200

Student Success Stories

Charley Alden - Associate's in Child Development

The relationships I have established with Concordia faculty have made me feel at home both in and out of the classroom. With these relationships I feel comfortable asking questions, speaking up in class and asking for help when needed. The Professors truly care about their student's success.

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Concordia University, St. Paul online provides an affordable educational choice for adult learners. Concordia online offers program credits at a competitive rate.

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