Child Development Specialization - B.S. in Health Studies

Put your understanding of young children to work by learning how their early development can be shaped in order to create healthy, respectful, and challenging environments that support and promote health and wellness. This concentration can help you discover how a child’s cultural, familial, and communal surroundings shape his or her development.

Explore how social, cognitive, and emotional challenges influence a child’s behavioral growth and learn to use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies. You will also have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills you need to work collaboratively with families and specialists in a variety of roles that promote and support child development, health, and wellness, including hospital child-life professional, child advocate, family crisis professional, or parent support specialist.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (55 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (45 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 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.

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Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Health Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 45 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

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