Public awareness of the importance of early childhood education is growing, and there has been a call at the state and national level to increase funding for early childhood. Students who choose the Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development (BS) - Birth through Kindergarten (licensure) at Appalachian State University will receive a North Carolina Birth through Kindergarten (BK) teacher licensure. This licensure is a dual certification in both regular and special education.
The major focuses on children ages birth to five years and their families. Graduates can work in a North Carolina public school pre-K or kindergarten. Licensure professionals also can work in non-school settings and agencies with children and families, creating supportive environments for children and families that will assist professionals who work directly with families and family service agencies.
Four required field experiences develop students’ professional skills so they are ready for the workplace.
Employment: Both at the state and national level, there has been a call to increase funding for early childhood. Graduates of this program find jobs in non-school settings such as early intervention agencies, summer camps, child care center or teen pregnancy programs, or with organizations such as Child Life Council, March of Dimes, Make a Wish Foundation and eXtension research-based learning network.
Graduate School: Complementary graduate programs include:
- Speech-Language Pathology: Master of Science (MS)
- Professional School Counseling: Master of Arts (MA)
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Reading Education: Master of Arts (MA)
- Special Education: Master of Arts (MA)
The major’s 44-hour core consists of these courses:
- Child Dev: Birth - 2 Years
- Child Dev: 3 – K Years
- Child Study & Guidance
- Developmental/Educational Assessment: Birth – 5
- Emergent Literacy
- Family, Child and Professional Interactions
- Foods & Nutrition for Children
- Infant/Toddler Curriculum
- Issues in Transdisciplinary Service Delivery
- Kindergarten Curriculum
- Practicum I
- Practicum II
- Preschool Curriculum & Instruction
- Psychology: Hist, Soc, & Sci Fdns
- Student Teaching
- Variations in Development Birth - Kindergarten
A minor is not required for this degree. Two are offered:
Engagement Outside the Classroom
Child Advocacy Club – a child development advocacy organization working to educate and advocate the rights of the children in the community. Service projects include escorting children in the homecoming parade, hosting diaper drives and book drives, building a children’s library at the area homeless shelter, supporting March of Dimes and more.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
This program includes opportunities for study abroad and/or student teaching abroad. Students have studied abroad in Australia, Africa and Costa Rica and completed student teaching in places such as Ireland and Costa Rica.
Admission to Appalachian’s Teacher Education Program is required.
- This degree includes four field experiences: an infant/toddler practicum of 150 hours, a preschool practicum of 150 hours, a student teaching assignment for 10 weeks, and an agency internship for 5 weeks.
- Students also gain experience on campus at the Lucy Brock Child Development Laboratory Program (LBCDLP), a Reggio-inspired child development program with an emergent curriculum.
- The program’s innovation includes a partnership with LBCDLP and Watauga County Public Schools to open a N.C. pre-K classroom in Parkway and Blowing Rock elementary schools. This provides opportunities for supervised field placements.
Number of Students
Method of Delivery
On campus and online
Teaching in the public schools – pre-K or Kindergarten
- Child care resource and referral
- Child Life Council
- Director or owner of child care center(s)
- Early intervention agencies
- eXtension research-based learning network
- Make a Wish Foundation
- March of Dimes
- Smart Start Partnership
- Summer camp director
- Teaching in child care
- Teaching in Smart Start
- Teaching in the public schools Pre-k or Kindergarten
- Working with teen mothers
Program Director of Birth – Kindergarten
Lucy Brock Child Development Laboratory Program Director