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This concentration in Child and Adolescent Studies is designed for individuals interested in working with young people from ages 6 to 19. Walden's B.S. in Child Development is one of the only non-licensure degree programs to offer this concentration, which explores how to guide learning and enhance healthy cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development in school-age children and adolescents.

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  • Typical and atypical cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development as well as the relationship among these developmental domains
  • How culturally diverse values and social attitudes are transmitted to school-age children and adolescents
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