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Child Development


Child development programs teach people how children grow and learn.

Child development programs include topics such as:

Child development programs prepare students for a wide range of work in elementary schools, day care centers, and agencies that research child and family issues.


Many community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in child development. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years to complete.

Many colleges and universities offer a bachelor's degree in child development. A bachelor's degree usually takes four years of full-time study.

A few universities offer master's degrees in child development. A master's degree typically takes two years beyond the bachelor's degree to complete. At the graduate level, child development might be offered as a concentration in a developmental psychology program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Some programs also offer practicums or internships as part of their curriculum. Because this program of study is broad, participating in a practicum gives you hands-on experience in the aspect of child development that most interests you.

If you want to teach children, you might be able to assist an elementary school teacher. If you want to conduct research, you might be able to do so at an organization for children's welfare. You also get the benefit of working under the supervision and guidance of an experienced child development professional.

Things to Know

The broad nature of this program of study invites you to combine your studies with other interests, such as teaching, public policy, or community service. Many programs offer ways to combine a degree program in child development with, for example, earning a teacher's credential.


East Side Area

Big Bend Community College

Central Washington University

Walla Walla Community College

Washington State University - Pullman

Wenatchee Valley College

Wenatchee Valley College (Omak Campus)

King-Snohomish Area

Edmonds Community College

Everett Community College

Green River College

Highline College

Northwest University

Renton Technical College

Seattle Central College

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Spokane Falls Community College

Statewide and Distance Learning

Washington State University - Global Campus

Tacoma Area

Bates Technical College (South Campus)

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Pierce College Puyallup

Vancouver Area

Clark College

West Side Area

Bellingham Technical College

Lower Columbia College

Peninsula College

Skagit Valley College

South Puget Sound Community College

Whatcom Community College

Yakima Area

Heritage University