Through our BS in Child Development program, you can gain the skills you need to pursue a career working with children—and change their world for the better.

In our bachelor’s in child development program, you’ll discover how to identify important milestones for children from birth through age 19 and create effective learning environments that promote healthy development. You’ll learn how to observe and assess children and create interventions appropriate to age and developmental level, while also examining the importance of advocacy for children of all ages and the complexities of working with families to promote children’s mental and physical well-being.

Whether you plan to work with young children or adolescents, our early childhood development degree program can prepare you to facilitate their success during a pivotal time of discovery, learning, and growth. Explore the roles and responsibilities of the preschool professional, including ways to foster and engage learning. Gain insights that help you improve attitudes toward learning, understand and manage the emotions of children and adolescents, and help adolescents develop their self-esteem.

Why earn your bachelor’s in early childhood development from Walden?

  • Study with a respected institution. Our BS in Early Childhood Studies is in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited institution. NCATE accreditation is a recognized standard of excellence in professional preK–12 education.
  • Learn from coursework developed to reflect professional guidelines set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • Engage in an innovative course series called Making Connections, designed to keep you in step with the latest research, trends, and issues that are affecting the lives of children and adolescents, their families, and your role as a child development professional.
  • Choose from the General Program or seven bachelor’s in child development concentrations to focus your learning in an area that matches your personal interests and career goals.

What graduates are saying about our early childhood development degree program:

“I have gained knowledge about the ways to effectively deal with children and, more importantly, I have gained the confidence to be a leader in their education. This has truly been a positive and rewarding experience for me.”
—Erica Watson, BS in Child Development Graduate

“Applying the skills I have learned to the children I teach allows me to see the difference in their behavior and learning.”
—Shirley M. Nesbitt, BS in Child Development Graduate

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

  • Grants and tuition reductions available.

  • NCATE Accreditation

    National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

    The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the standard of excellence in professional preK–12 education.

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  • Assess Your Prior Learning


    Walden offers you the chance to assess your prior learning experiences for credit toward your undergraduate degree.

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  • Dollar signFirst six weeks tuition free when
    you start the BS in Child Development
    program on April 13, 2015.



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