In the field of Child Development, aspiring educators and child care providers specialize in the overall growth areas of children from birth to adolescence.  Students within the program have an opportunity to delve into contemporary issues that affect child development, including nutrition and health, children with special needs, and culturally diverse children and families as well as give students an opportunity to look at the overall growth and issues related to infants and toddlers. Lastly, the program will prepare students to develop a deep understanding of the policies, ethics, and advocacy work needed to support the overall development of the children.

Develop the Robust Skill Set Needed for Your Career

Within the Liberal Studies with a concentration in Child Development you will be able to explore a variety of areas within the child development discipline, which will allow you to  develop transferable skills that are valued by employers serving young children and adolescents. The program will strengthen your overall communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, which will allow you to work effectively with children and families. The combination of a well-rounded curriculum along with hands-on learning ensures that students with this degree are ready to hit the ground running upon graduation.

Why You Should Choose Manor

From the moment you start your first class at Manor College, you’ll notice our student-centered approach. The courses you take here will be small, personalized and nurturing. This will make you grow, not only as a student, but as a person as well. Our faculty and staff will get to know you individually and guide you each and every step of the way. You will find out just why you belong here!

What to Expect from the Curriculum

Students will begin by learning about the fundamentals of communication skills, scientific reasoning, adolescent development and psychology, before moving into more advanced coursework on contemporary issues in child development, policy analysis and advocacy, religion, policy analysis, and more. Students will complete a Liberal Studies Capstone project during their senior year. The Liberal Studies with a concentration in Child Development program is 120/121 credits in total.

Suggested Curriculum Sequence

Students with a Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Child Development degree have job opportunities in the following areas:

  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Youth Services
  • Early Learning Programs
  • Nonprofit Programs

What career can you have with a Liberal Studies with a concentration in Child Development  degree? Child psychologist, classroom paraprofessional, camp director, caseworker, and school administrator are all examples of job titles that rely on a background in child development.   

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