What is Child Development and Family Studies at WVU like?
The BS in Child Development and Family Studies offers two curriculum pathways: Birth through Pre-Kindergarten and Family and Youth.
In the Birth through Pre-Kindergarten option, you will study the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of young children in the family and preschool contexts. You'll learn to construct early childhood environments where the young children can develop skills for lifelong learning. The program provides extensive field experiences with various ages of young children.
The Family and Youth option covers human growth and development, adolescent development, human sexuality, family issues and interaction, youth concerns and issues and related topics. You'll learn to work with adolescents and families in various social service and community-based contexts and get applied experience at community agencies.
Child Development and Family Studies program highlights:
At a Glance
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Areas of Emphasis
Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:
Child Development (Non-Certification)
Prepares students for varied job opportunities that do not require certification.
Family and Youth Studies
Designed for students seeking careers working with children, adolescents and families in youth or family service agencies or in medical settings. This option also provides a solid foundation for pursuing graduate studies in child or human development, family studies, education, developmental psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work or related fields.
Preschool Education, Birth-Age 4
Prepares students for certification in Pre-K.
Preschool Special Needs, PreK-K
Prepares students for certification in Pre-K and Pre-K with Special Needs.