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BA in Child Development

Students enrolled in Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Child Development program have the opportunity to learn about children and their development from infancy to adolescence. Learn more about Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Child Development program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Child Development

School Offering Program:

Ashford University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students who are interested in applying to Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Child Development program should hold a high school diploma, have strong interpersonal skills, and be comfortable working with children. Applicants to Ashford University's programs should have graduated high school before 2008 and should be at least 22 years old.

Program Description:

Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Child Development program is designed to teach students about the various influences that impact a child's development from infancy to adolescence. Some of these influences cover cultural, school, peer, and neighborhood contexts. Other topics addressed in the curriculum include cultural backgrounds of children, language and physical development of children, and family structures. Students also have an opportunity to learn how important the role of play is to a child's healthy development.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid:

Ashford University offers students several payment options, including cash plans, employer tuition reimbursement, direct employer billing, and military tuition assistance. Qualifying students may be eligible for financial aid.

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit:

http://ashforddisclosures.com/

Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study.

*The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Please visit ashford.edu for terms and conditions and additional disclosure information related to each education degree program. Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington residents: please see specific state disclosure information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Ashford University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program:

Required Core Courses

  • PSY 104: Child & Adolescent Development (3 credits)
  • ECE 205: Introduction to Child Development (3 credits)
  • SOC 312: Child, Family & Society (3 credits)
  • ECE 315: Language Development in Young Children (3 credits)
  • ESE 315: Survey of Exceptional Students (3 credits)
  • ECE 332: Child Development (3 credits)
  • ECE 353: Cognitive Development of Infants & Young Children (3 credits)
  • ECE 354: Assessment & Intervention During Early Childhood (3 credits)
  • ECE 355: Understanding Behavior & Family Dynamics (3 credits)
  • ECE 311: Early Childhood Curriculum & Methods (3 credits)
  • ECE 351: Play & Learning for the Young Child (3 credits)
  • ECE 497: Child Development Capstone (3 credits)

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit:

http://ashforddisclosures.com/

Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study.

*The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Please visit ashford.edu for terms and conditions and additional disclosure information related to each education degree program. Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington residents: please see specific state disclosure information.

Post Gradation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who have completed Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Child Development program could continue their education by pursuing a master's degree in the field. Master's degree programs in child development can vary in length with some taking as long as three years to complete. A clinical practice component is typically required and gives students a chance to gain some hands-on experience while being supervised. Some possible topics covered in the curriculum may include social welfare programs and polices, ethnocultural issues, and personality development.

Master's degree options include:

  • Master of Arts in Child Development
  • Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Development
  • Master of Science in Family Science
  • Master of Science in Human Development

Career Paths:

Students who have completed Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Child Development program could pursue entry-level careers in childcare, education, social services, and community services. Potential employers may include hospitals, nonprofit organizations, religious organizations, and programs that serve children with special needs. A prospective employer may require job candidates to obtain certification in CPR and first aid for children before offering employment.

Some potential job titles could include:

  • Daycare worker
  • Elementary school teacher assistant
  • Community childcare worker
  • Daycare owner
  • Child development researcher

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit:

http://ashforddisclosures.com/

Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study.

*The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Please visit ashford.edu for terms and conditions and additional disclosure information related to each education degree program. Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington residents: please see specific state disclosure information.

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