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.
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
This option is best suited for students who are interested in working with older children, adolescents and/or families in youth development or family development programs in community agencies or services. Students interested in becoming a Child Life Specialist should select this option.
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.