Child Development

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.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will 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 855-646-5286.

*Click here for required general education courses by program.

First Term Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HMNT 1001 Course Living and Learning in a Technological World Credits (6 cr.)

Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 1000 Course Concepts of Health Promotion Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 1005 Course Context of Healthcare Delivery Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 4200 Course Principles of Epidemiology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 4205 Course Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 2110 Course Behavioral and Cultural Issues in Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 2115 Course Aging Across the Lifespan Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 2120 Course Health Informatics Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 3100 Course Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 3105 Course Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 3110 Course Current Issues in Healthcare Policy and Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 3115 Course Public and Global Health Credits (5 cr.)

Concentration Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 1004 Course Child Development Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDUC 1005 Course Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDUC 1006 Course Child, Family, and Community Relationships Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDUC 4004 Course Children With Special Needs Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDUC 4005 Course Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDUC 3203 Course Infant/Toddler Mental Health Credits (5 cr.)

Capstone Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 4900 Course Capstone Credits (5 cr.)

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, BS 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 six-course minor.

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