BS Child Development - Preschool and Infant/Toddler

With the Dual Concentration (Preschool and Infant/Toddler), you get familiar with the foundations of development and the importance of relationships to the social and emotional well-being of infants and toddlers. You also get familiar with the roles and responsibilities of the preschool professional and the creation of language and vocabulary, social skills, and scientific and mathematical ideas in preschool children. Through the Making Connections courses, you keep up-to-date with discussions and explorations of recent research, trends, and problems 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 vital indicators of the quality in early childhood care and education and their inclusion reflects the integrity of the Walden learning experience including its relevancy in an educational setting.

Courses in the Dual Concentration (Preschool and Infant/Toddler) center on

  • Developmentally applicable and inclusive practices in the classroom
  • Child, family, and professional advocacy
  • The vital role of play in children's learning and development
  • Understanding and fostering social and emotional development
  • Promoting literacy development
  • effective and useful planning and implementation of child-centered, age-appropriate, culturally responsive curriculum and assessment
  • Professionalism and advocacy in early care and education
  • The foundations of infant/toddler development and the integral role of the infant/toddler caregiver and family in children's growth
  • Promoting healthy infant/toddler growth
  • Forming respectful partnerships with families across a range of cultures
  • Developing high quality programs and environments that are child-centered, family friendly, culturally responsive, and developmentally applicable

Seek quite a few different 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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