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BS Child Development - Preschool

The B.S. in Child Development with a concentration in Preschool explores the roles and responsibilities of the preschool professional, including ways to foster and enhance the development and learning of the whole child-cognitively, linguistically, socially, emotionally, and physically. Through the Making Connections courses, you keep up-to-date with discussions and explorations of current research, trends, and issues that are impacting the lives of young children, their families, and your work as an early care and education professional.
 
The Bachelor of Science in Child Development courses are based on the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). These standards are critical indicators of quality in early care and education and their inclusion reflects the integrity of the Walden learning experience as well as its relevancy in an educational setting.

Courses in the Preschool concentration focus on:

  • Developmentally appropriate and inclusive practices in the classroom
  • Child, family, and professional advocacy
  • The critical role of play in children's learning and development
  • Understanding and fostering social and emotional development
  • Promoting literacy development
  • Effective planning and implementation of child-centered, age-appropriate, culturally responsive, and curriculum and assessment

Pursue a variety of professional roles in child development, including:

  • Child care administrator
  • Child-centric agency, hospital, or government setting
  • Day care provider (private or public, small or large)
  • Head Start professional
  • Lead or head teacher in a private infant/toddler or preschool setting
  • Preschool professional 
  • Teacher's aide or paraprofessional

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