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Columbia College Bachelor of Science in Child Development

Develop fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for a career working with children with a Bachelor’s in Child Development from Columbia College.

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

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