The Child Development (BS) - Family and Consumer Sciences (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-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 parents understand what can ensure positive developmental and educational outcomes.
Students choose an area of focus including: Infant/Toddler, Preschool/Kindergarten, Programs and Services, and a Research focus (for those planning to go on to graduate school). 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, 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 program consists of a 38-hour child and family core, plus an 18-hour professional core, 11 hours in related fields such as foods and nutrition or personal finance, and courses in a focus area: Infant/Toddler, Preschool/Kindergarten, Middle Childhood, or Research.
Child and family core courses include:
- Adolescent Development
- Child Dev: Birth - 2 Years
- Child Development: 3 – K
- Child Development: Ages 5 – 12
- Child Study and Guidance
- Family, Child & Professional Interaction: A Focus on Young Children
- Family Development: Origins and Movement
- Families in Later Life
- Global Awareness
- Variations in Development
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.
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.
- This degree includes two field experiences: a 200-hour practicum, and a 400-hour internship. Students choose an area of focus including: Infant/Toddler, Preschool/Kindergarten, Programs and Services, and Research (for those planning to go on to graduate school).
- 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.
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Method of Delivery
- Child Care Resource and Referral
- Child Life
- Directing summer camps
- Director of child care centers
- Early Intervention Agencies
- eXtension research-based learning network
- Make a Wish Foundation
- March of Dimes
- Smart Start Partnership
- Starting your own home child care center
- Teaching in child care
- Teaching in Smart Start
- Working with teen mothers
Program Director of Child Development
Lucy Brock Child Development Laboratory Program Director