The Child Development (BS) - Family and Child Studies (non-licensure) degree at Appalachian State University is designed to give you a broad base of knowledge about children and families. In this major, you will take courses in all areas of child and family studies – from conception through adulthood.
Graduates of this degree can work in non-public school settings and agencies with children and adolescents. They create supportive environments for children and families that will assist professionals who work directly with families and family service agencies. They also work closely with families of children and adolescents to help families understand how they can support positive developmental and educational outcomes.
Students choose an area of focus including: Early Childhood, Early Intervention, Child and Family Support and Services, or Programs and Services for Middle Childhood and Adolescence. Two required field experiences will develop your professional skills so you 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, Smart Start Partnerships, directing summer camps, early care and education centers, teen pregnancy programs, or with organizations such as Child Life Council, March of Dimes, Make a Wish Foundation and Cooperative Extension.
Graduate School: Complementary graduate programs include:
- Birth through Kindergarten
- Early Intervention
- Professional School Counseling: Master of Arts (MA)
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Reading Education: Master of Arts (MA)
- Special Education: Master of Arts (MA)
- Child Life
- Human Development and Family Studies
A minor is not required for this degree.
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.
Early Childhood Care and Education Leaders Club (ECCEL) – a club promoting the field of early childhood education, developing student leadership and advocacy skills, and connecting current students with mentors and alumni while raising awareness of the need for highly trained professionals in early education.
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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. Students have studied in Australia, Africa and Costa Rica.
There are no admission requirements beyond admission to Appalachian State University.
- The Child Development (non-licensure) degree is designed to give students a broad base of knowledge about children and families.
- 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.
- Appalachian has been training quality educators for more than 100 years and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Boone and Hickory*
*The Hickory Campus location is pending accreditation from SACSCOC for this program. Accreditation is expected in summer 2023.
- Child Care Resource and Referral
- Child Life
- Directing summer camps
- Director of early care and education centers
- Early Intervention Agencies
- Cooperative Extension
- Non Profit (e.g., March of Dimes, Make A Wish Foundation)
- Smart Start Partnership
- Starting your own home early care and education center
- Teaching in early care and education
- Teaching in Smart Start
- Working with teen mothers
- Directing after school programs in the public schools
Department of Family and Child Studies
Program Director of Child Development
Lucy Brock Child Development Laboratory Program Director