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Bachelor of Arts in Child Development

Be an advocate for children while having an impact on their future development. When earning your child development degree you will have the opportunity to focus on the biological and psychological progression of children, from their infancy stages through their adolescent years. With an increasing focus on the factors that impact the development of children, the study of child development continues to be an area of focus for many organizations. With your Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from Ashford University, you will study the stages of development from infancy through adolescence and the ways that family, culture, peers, and schools influence the growth of children.

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What you will learn

The Bachelor of Arts in Child Development demonstrates your competence and ability in working with children. You will discover how family structure and culture influence communication in a child's environment. And you will learn to apply your knowledge as an advocate for children and their families. Upon completion of your child development degree, you will be able to:

  • Utilize knowledge of child development to construct and evaluate curriculum that effectively addresses the stages of development including cognitive, language, physical and affective development of young children
  • Analyze the influence and impact of families and communities on a child’s learning and development
  • Describe how family structure and cultural backgrounds influence communication processes in a child’s environment
  • Evaluate the critical role of play in children’s learning and development
  • Apply knowledge from your child development degree studies as an advocate for children, families, childcare and education

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Your Courses in Child Development

Understand children and families with your bachelor’s in child development. Your online child development degree college courses include a wide variety of topics, from language acquisition to behavior and the critical role of play in children's development and education.

Introductory Courses
To help students acclimate to the online classroom, you may be required to complete Introductory Course requirements. Learn more about Introductory Courses.

Major Course Requirements (39 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)

Careers in Child Development

Professionals with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development could start careers in a variety of fields. Because of its interdisciplinary nature, the field of child development can be an attractive option for you due to the wide variety of job opportunities it can provide.

Human Services: A career in human services can give you the opportunity to meet the needs of others, while focusing on prevention and solutions for current societal problems. Improve the overall quality of those around you, by advocating for positive social change.

Childcare Services: Play a role in the development of a child’s overall education and development by working in a childcare services profession. Engage and interact with children by providing new and challenging hands-on learning activities.

Special Education: Adapt content and different teaching methodologies in order to meet the specific needs of a child. You may have the opportunity to design instructional materials that will meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.

If you are interested in exploring more specific job opportunities, then take a look at some other potential child development career options below.

Child Development Careers

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This program requires you to be a current licensed registered nurse. Please check out other programs to reach your education goals such as the BA in Health and Wellness.