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BS in Child Development - Child & Adolescent Studies

Students enrolled in Walden University's B.S. in Child Development program with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Studies have the opportunity to learn about educational psychology, child development, children with special needs, and effective learning environments for children. Learn more about this program here.

Official Program Name:

B.S. in Child Development with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Studies

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:


Program Description:

Walden University's B.S. in Child Development program with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Studies is one of the few non-licensure degree programs that offers a focus in child and adolescent studies. This program is geared toward students who wish to work with children from ages 6 to 19. Students in this program learn how to guide children's learning to encourage healthy physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. The program covers topics such as how school-age children learn, common stages of development during late childhood and adolescence, culturally diverse attitudes and values, and strategies for working with this age group in a classroom environment. Students may also learn how to develop lesson plans and facilitate positive relationships among children and adolescents.


Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,

Learning Format:


Estimated Program Length:

Four years: Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Personalized estimates of time to completion can be discussed with Walden University enrollment advisors.

Total Credits Required:

181 quarter credit hours

Financial Aid Available:

Walden University offers a number of financial aid opportunities including scholarships, fellowships, and employer tuition reimbursement for those who qualify. Enrollment advisors can also assist with federal aid, private loans, veteran benefits, and other opportunities.

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Courses for a B.S. in Child Development with a Concentration in Child and Adolescent Studies :

Degree program curriculum and credits are subject to change. Contact Walden University for the most current information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses

Course Title Credits
Communication Skills for Career Development 1
Introduction to Education 5
Pioneers and Philosophies of Education 5
Making Connections: The Early Childhood Field 2
Educational Psychology 5
Child Development 5
Making Connections: The Developing Child 2
Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition 5
Child, Family, and Community Relationships 5
Making Connections: The Well-Being of Children 2
Language Development 5
Children's Literature 5
Making Connections: The Foundations of Literacy 2
Observation and Assessment of the Young Child 5
Children With Special Needs 5
Making Connections: The Individuality of Children 2
Cultural and Linguistic Diversity 5
Making Connections: Living in a Diverse World 2

Concentration Courses

Course Title Credits
School-Age and Adolescent Development 5
School-Age Children and Adolescence in a Multicultural Society 5
Making Connections: Professions in the Field of School-Age and Adolescent Development 2
Motivating and Guiding School-Age Children and Adolescents 5
Home, School, and Community 5
Making Connections: Effective Learning Environments for School-Age Children and Adolescents 2
Trends and Issues in School-Age Children 5
Trends and Issues in Adolescence 5
Making Connections: The Role of the Professional 2

Capstone Course

Course Title Credits
Capstone 7


Course Title Credits
Choose five courses from general education or bachelor's degree programs 25

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education

Graduates of Walden University's BS in Child Development - Child & Adolescent Studies program may continue their education in a graduate degree program. Graduate degree programs can help students develop additional knowledge and skills and make them more competitive in the employment market.

Graduate degree programs that may interest students include (but are not limited to):

  • M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.)
  • M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology
  • M.S. in Education with a specialization in Special Education

Career Paths:

Students completing the BS in Child Development - Child & Adolescent Studies program can help students develop a variety of employment skills. Graduates may be able to develop lesson plans, foster communication and relationships with students, and assist school-age children with their cognitive and social development.

Careers that program graduates may seek include:

  • After-School Program Coordinator
  • Paraprofessional
  • Teacher's Aide
  • Teaching Assistant