Any career that focuses on the education of children is significant work. It takes a special, patient and compassionate person to successfully work with young children on a daily basis. Students who consider a Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Development degree should ask themselves the following questions before enrolling:
- Do you love working with children?
- Are you compelled to teach your knowledge to others?
- Do you believe it is important to do what you can to aid in the development of young minds?
- Do you want to learn skills that will enrich the lives and education of your own children?
Students in a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development program focus on advocacy and leadership in the field of early childhood education (ECE). The program concentrates heavily on the development of children from birth to grade 3, but it is a common practice for students to narrow the focus of their coursework to a specific age group or developmental topic.
Graduates are prepared to:
- Identify and define best practices, and articulate theories in the field of early education that support those practices
- Communicate the role of families as the primary teachers, caregivers and role models in the lives of young children
- Express their creativity by building effective, inclusive and fun learning environments for young children
- Make ethical decisions as an early childhood professional
- Articulate the major developmental theories of ECE
Here are the courses a student must complete.
- Intro to ECE: seminar focusing on the foundations of ECE
- Writing for Educators: lays the groundwork of the program’s writing expectations
- Growth/Development Child: in-depth study of human growth and development from prenatal to elementary school age
- Child Social & Emotional Growth: study of the social, psychological and emotional growth of children
- Human Diversity & Relations: how gender, culture, economic situations, learning styles and language influence children
- DAP in ECE: discussion of appropriate classroom practices and topics
- Children’s Play and Learning: study of how children learn to play and how play affects the child’s development
- Ethics in Early Childhood: study of how to teach children to make ethical decisions
- Infants and Toddlers: study of the skills and developmental characteristics of very young children
- Language Development/Literacy: how to guide children through the language acquisition process
- Children’s Literature: exploration of books and review of children’s literature authors
- Dual Language Learners: helps teachers understand the natural progression of second-language learning in children
- Young Child with Special Needs: introduction to the information and techniques needed to teach young children with special needs
- Portfolio and Synthesis: time for reflection and creation of a professional portfolio