Bachelor of Arts inChild Development

Program Details:

  • Credit Hours: 42
  • Course Length: 7 weeks

This program can be taken:

  • Online

Child Development

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

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.

Students will be required to complete fieldwork in a licensed child care or early childhood learning center.  Fieldwork may consist of observing children and staff, interviewing teachers and program administrators, and other activities related to topics of study.  Students are not required to be employed in a licensed child care or early childhood learning center. Your Enrollment Counselor can provide more details.

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CHD-400 - Intro to ECE

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

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Elective Courses


  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 based on a 4.0 system.
    • 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 an essay and your official high school transcript as well as any college level courses you have taken.

*120 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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Proven Results

Concordia’s online and on-campus programs deliver relevant skill sets and real-world career outcomes for professionals in a variety of fields and industries.

95% 95% of CSP grads receive job offers within one year of graduation.

*First Destinations survey administered by Concordia University, St. Paul

$57,736 Highest average salary among MN private school grads (bachelor’s) four years after graduation.

*salary data source:

44% CSP graduates earn 44% more than the national average.

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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. 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

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.)

  • Childcare Center Director$43,950
  • Social Worker$44,200

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Tuition and Financial Aid Information

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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