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Learn more about a B.S. in Child Development
The Bachelor of Science in Child Development focuses on the important developmental milestones for children from birth through adolescence, focusing on the family, cultural, peer, school, and community contexts in which children live and grow. This program equips you with the necessary skills for a career working with children, including teaching, childcare and community and social services.
The Bachelor of Science in Child Development reflects the professional standards of the National Association for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC) as well as the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The degree is designed to provide much of the coursework required for Early Childhood and Elementary Certification in the state of Missouri.
Opportunities to study:
- Infant, child and adolescent development
- Family and community partnerships
- Observation and assessments
- Children’s health and safety
- Language acquisition & emergent literacy
- Educating young children
- Integrated curriculum for children
Prepare for a career
With a B.S. in Child Development you can create a career working with children, including potentially obtaining a birth through third grade teaching license. This program focuses on developing the skills necessary for various occupations including (but not limited to):
- Childcare or Preschool Director
- Family, School or General Social Worker
- Social or Human Services Assistant
- Youth counselor or Worker
Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.
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- Core requirements 54 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 120 credit hours
Some courses you may take
The study of youth from puberty to young adulthood. Students study maturational and environmental factors that shape the physical, cognitive, and social development of the youth. Special emphasis is focused on the transescent stage of development of the youth. Cross-listed as PSYC 392. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
The student will explore the theories, techniques and approaches to planning and implementing an integrated curriculum via a multitude of learning experiences for elementary and pre-school children. Interdisciplinary, intradisciplinary, project-based, and inquiry-based learning experiences will be addressed and practiced. Prerequisites: ENGL 133W; CDEV 290 and CDEV 291, or EDUC/PSYC 396.
The study of infants and toddlers from conception to age 2. Students study maturational and environmental factors that shape the physical, cognitive, and social development of the infant and toddler. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
Theoretical foundations of basic cell biology, including structure, function, and synthesis of the plasma membrane and subcellular organelles; cell adhesion and the extracellular matrix; cell transport, communication, division, cancer and programmed cell death. Prerequisites: BIOL/ENVS 254 with a grade of C or higher; CHEM 112 with a grade of C or higher. CHEM 310 is strongly recommended. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 345L is required.