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Walden is not currently accepting new students in the online BS in Child Development program.
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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 online 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 bachelor's in child 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.

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BS in Child Development

BS in Child Development
Walden University’s bachelors in child development will allow you to Pursue a career working with children.

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

  • Study with a respected institution. Our BS in Child Development program 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.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

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

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


Beyond The Classroom

When you pursue your bachelor’s degree at Walden, you can translate your coursework into practice by participating in an optional field experience, service learning project, or study abroad program.

Accelerate into Master's (AIM) Program

The AIM program allows you to complete your master’s program with up to 50% fewer credits, since you begin the coursework while earning your bachelor’s degree.

Undergraduate Pathways

Undergraduate Pathways offers options for increasing your course load to reduce your degree completion time.
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