With Walden’s B.S. 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.

Discover how to identify important milestones for children from birth through age 19 and create effective learning environments that promote children’s healthy development. Gain child development training as you learn to observe and assess children and create interventions appropriate to age and developmental level.

You’ll also explore 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, this online child development degree program offers you a wide range of concentrations to help tailor your curriculum to your specific career goals. Learn how to foster the success of young children during their pivotal time of discovery, learning, and growth. Explore the roles and responsibilities of the preschool professional, including ways to foster and engage learning. Gain the skills you need to improve attitudes toward learning, understand and manage the emotions of children and adolescents, and help adolescents develop their self-esteem.

The B.S. in Child Development courses are designed to reflect professional standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). These standards are critical indicators of program quality, and their inclusion reflects the integrity of the Walden learning experience.

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Walden’s B.S. in Child Development program offers a variety of concentrations to help you meet your personal and professional goals.


Making Connections

All concentrations feature a unique series of courses titled Making Connections. These courses will keep you up-to-date with discussions and explorations of current research, trends, and issues that are impacting the lives of children and adolescents, their families, and your work as a child-development professional. The courses, which offer perspectives and insights from fields related to child development—such as psychology, public health, and medicine—will broaden your awareness, expand your knowledge, and sharpen your communication skills.

You also have the option to pursue an undergraduate minor. Your minor must be in a discipline outside your bachelor’s degree program area. Adding a minor to your program of study allows you to gain multidisciplinary skills that can help you advance toward your professional goals.

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General Program

Through the General concentration, you can gain a strong foundation in child development while tailoring your studies to specific professional goals. Core courses will help you develop a solid foundation in educational theory and the stages of child development. If you’ve already taken bachelor’s-level courses, this program allows for a larger number of transferable credits than more specialized programs permit, making it possible for you to earn your degree at an accelerated pace.

The Bachelor of Science in Child Development program takes into consideration the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). These standards are critical indicators of quality in early childhood care and education, and their inclusion reflects the integrity of the Walden learning experience as well as its relevance in an educational setting.

Courses in the General concentration focus on:

  • Identifying key developmental milestones from birth through adolescence.
  • Creating environments that promote healthy development and learning for all children.
  • Respecting and promoting cultural responsiveness with regard to all children and families.
  • Understanding the vital role of advocacy for children of all ages.

Completion Requirements

  • 180 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (55 cr.)
    • Electives (72 cr.)
    • Capstone (7 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Child Development Upper-Elective Courses (10 cr.)

Choose two Child Development courses as upper-level electives.

Elective Courses (72 cr.)

Choose five courses from general education, B.S. in Child Development, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs such as a B.S. in Psychology, B.S. in Administration or B.S. in Health Studies. At least 20 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level.

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.

Capstone Course

Administration and Management

Gain the skills you need to start or manage a child care center or program. Earning your B.S. in Child Development with a concentration in Administration and Management can give you the knowledge and skills you need to create child-centered programs that promote positive learning experiences for all children. You can learn the fundamentals of business, management, and human resources and apply them to effectively managing a child-centered program.

This concentration is one of the few of its kind available online. You will have access to current national education experts in child development via streaming media. Through the capstone course, you can demonstrate your understanding of the current research, issues, and trends in the field.

Courses in the Administration and Management concentration prepare you to:

  • Lead a curriculum that encourages learning for all children in your program.
  • Communicate with parents, family, and the larger community about the center and its programs.
  • Recruit, select, hire, and evaluate staff members.
  • Manage finances and operational budgets.
  • Ensure the center’s compliance with health, safety, and other state codes.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (45 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (36 cr.)
    • Electives (47 cr.)
    • Capstone (7 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Electives

Choose courses from general education, B.S. in Child Development, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 5 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level.

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.

Captsone Course

Child and Adolescent Studies

This concentration in Child and Adolescent Studies is designed for individuals interested in working with young people from ages 6–19. 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 socioemotional development in school-age children and adolescents.

The Making Connections courses help you gain an understanding of effective practices in the field of school-age and adolescent development, examine the most effective learning environments, and make connections between key topics and trends and your own professional aspirations.

The Bachelor of Science in Child Development courses take into consideration the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). These standards are critical indicators of program quality, and their inclusion reflects the integrity of the Walden learning experience.

Courses in the Child and Adolescent Studies concentration focus on:

  • Foundational knowledge, current research, and career perspectives in the areas of development, education, and human ecology.
  • How school-age children and adolescents develop and learn.
  • Typical and atypical cognitive, physical, and socioemotional 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.
  • Effective strategies needed for working with this age group in classroom and group settings.
  • Techniques needed to facilitate positive relationships between and among homes, schools, and communities.
  • Issues and trends related to school-age and adolescent students.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (45 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (36 cr.)
    • Electives (47 cr.)
    • Capstone (7 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Electives

Choose courses from general education, B.S. in Child Development, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs.

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.

Capstone Course

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

Dual Concentration (Preschool and Infant/Toddler)

With the Dual Concentration (Preschool and Infant/Toddler), you examine the foundations of development and the importance of relationships to the social and emotional well-being of infants and toddlers. You also explore the roles and responsibilities of the preschool professional and the development of language and vocabulary, social skills, and scientific and mathematical concepts in preschool children.

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 childhood 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 Dual Concentration (Preschool and Infant/Toddler) center 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 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 appropriate.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (45 cr.)
    • Infant/Toddler concentration courses (30 cr.)
    • Preschool concentration courses (25 cr.)
    • Electives (28 cr.)
    • Capstone (7 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Infant/Toddler Concentration Courses

Preschool Concentration Courses

Elective Courses (28 cr.)

Choose courses from general education, B.S. in Child Development, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs.

Capstone Course

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    • Course Title
    • Credits

Family Health and Wellness

A child’s health plays an important role in fostering positive social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Through Walden’s B.S. in Child Development with a concentration in Family Health and Wellness, you’ll learn how to collaborate with children and families to encourage healthy habits that last a lifetime. Take a comprehensive approach to wellness with a concentration that addresses nutrition, exercise science, stress management, and other critical issues impacting our communities today.

The Bachelor of Science in Child Development program takes into consideration the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). These standards are critical indicators of quality in early childhood care and education, and their inclusion reflects the integrity of the Walden learning experience as well as its relevance in an educational setting.

Courses in the Family Health and Wellness concentration focus on:

  • Key indicators of healthy habits and lifestyles.
  • Cultural and socioeconomic factors that influence people’s perceptions of their health and health behaviors.
  • Health and risk assessment-including your own health and health behavior—using a health risk appraisal.
  • Knowledge of health and wellness that can be incorporated into your lessons, instruction, and interactions with children and families.
  • Strategies for communicating to families and the broader community the impact of health and wellness.

Completion Requirements

  • 180 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (45 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
    • Electives (52 cr.)
    • Capstone (7 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Electives

Choose courses from general education, B.S. in Child Development, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs.

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.

Captsone Course

Infant/Toddler

The B.S. in Child Development with a concentration in Infant/Toddler examines the foundations of development and the importance of relationships to the social and emotional well-being of infants and toddlers as well as quality relationships and environments that foster growth in all developmental domains—social and emotional, cognitive/linguistic, and physical. 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 childhood 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 Infant/Toddler concentration center on:

  • 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 appropriate.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (45 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
    • Electives (53 cr.)
    • Capstone (7 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Electives

Choose courses from general education, B.S. in Child Development, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs.

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.

Capstone Course

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

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.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (45 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
    • Electives (53 cr.)
    • Capstone (7 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Electives

Choose courses from general education, B.S. in Child Development, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs.

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.

Capstone Course

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

Psychology

From infancy to adolescence, children are shaped by emotional, physical, social, and environmental factors. Walden’s B.S. in Child Development with a concentration in Psychology can help you expand your understanding of the development, behavior, and motivations of children of all ages and build the knowledge base you need to work with children and their families in a variety of public, private, and nonprofit organizations.

Our B.S. in Child Development program is one of the only non-licensure degree programs in the nation to offer this concentration, which is designed for individuals who want to increase their knowledge of human psychology and behavior as they relate to development from infancy through adolescence.

Courses in this program were developed in consideration of the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC 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 B.S. in Child Development program with a concentration in Psychology focus on:

  • Major theories and topics in psychology, including methods of analysis, learning, memory, cognitive principles, and brain functioning.
  • Biological and physiological processes and their effect on behavior.
  • Concepts and theories related to motivation and emotion, including happiness, hormonal influences, and mood.
  • Applications of social psychology, including topics such as attitudes, beliefs, behavior, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.
  • The connection between brain function and how children react and adapt to their environments.

Completion Requirements

  • 180 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (45 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (60 cr.)
    • Electives (22 cr.)
    • Capstone (7 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Electives

Choose courses from general education, B.S. in Child Development, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs.

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.

Capstone Course

B.S. in Child Development – Preschool or Infant/Toddler Concentration

 

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost
Fundamentals Courses (MATH 0099) Based on individual student requirements $50 per credit hour
Courses 181 total quarter credit hours $310 per quarter credit hour
Technology Fee per quarter $120

B.S. in Child Development – Dual Concentration (Preschool and Infant/Toddler Concentration)

 

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost
Fundamentals Courses (MATH 0099) Based on individual student requirements $50 per credit hour
Courses 192 total quarter credit hours  $310 per quarter credit hour
Technology Fee per quarter $120

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Call 1-866-492-5336 for information about a full range of options for:

Accelerate Your Degree Completion

With a B.S. in Child Development, you could pursue a variety of professional roles, including:

  • Child care administrator
  • Program administrator for early childhood programs
  • 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

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

As a Walden student, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.

Find out more about what defines Walden’s B.S. in Child Development program:

Transfer of Credits

The B.S. in Child Development offers several opportunities for you to apply credits toward your coursework:

  • If you have earned your CDA (Child Development Associate) credential, you may transfer up to 25 credits into the program.
  • If you hold an associate degree or have accumulated credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may be eligible to transfer credits.

Walden enrollment advisors are available to answer your questions and provide specific details about our transfer of credit policy and financial aid options. Call 1-866-492-5336 to speak immediately to an enrollment advisor or request information.

“Walden laid the foundation I have used during my professional career as an assistant center director. 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. I loved the program so much that I am currently continuing my educational journey at Walden University in the M.S. in Early Childhood Studies program.”

Erica Watson
B.S. in Child Development Graduate
M.S. in Early Childhood Studies Student

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Identify developmentally appropriate practices related to creating environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children.
  2. Identify the individual characteristics of children and use this knowledge to make informed decisions regarding their emotional, social, physical, and intellectual well-being.
  3. Explain the vital role that healthy, respectful, and reciprocal family and community relationships play in supporting the growth and well-being of the whole child.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity and the vital role it plays in children’s healthy development and learning.
  5. Use professional resources, including collegial sharing for continued professional development, to promote advocacy and social change.

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the B.S. in Child Development relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

For assistance in deciding which concentration fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.