Child Development and Education (CDE)

Child Development and Education (CDE) is an interdepartmental major that offers a complete approach to how children learn, focusing on development from birth through childhood.

The major combines coursework from the Department of Education and the Department of Psychology. This curriculum is designed to prepare students with an understanding of the developmental needs and cognitive abilities of students across a broad range of situations and academic disciplines.

Students interested in teaching in the upper elementary grades, 4-8, can receive certification in PreK-4 and 4-8 concurrently, by majoring in child development and education and taking courses in specific specialized content areas for a minor in one of the following areas: Language Arts (English), Mathematics, Science (Biology or Environmental Studies) or Social Studies. Students majoring in Child Development and Education have the option to seek certification in the State of Pennsylvania for Early Childhood (Pre-K to 4) or Middle Level (4-8).

The Child Development and Education major is associated with the Department of Education. The major requires a minimum of 13 courses in psychology and education, plus a capstone experience. Additional information is available in the W&J College Catalog.


David Ryan Bunting, M.A.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Rosalie T. Carpenter, Ed.D.
Professor & Founder/Director of Elementary Education

Patricia H. Easton, B.A.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Mary Jo Podgurski, Ed.D.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Timothy Wagner, M.A.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Michael Crabtree
Professor of Psychology

Elizabeth A. Bennett, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

James M. Longo, Ph.D.
Professor of Education

Lynn A. Wilson, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Timothy S. Klitz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

Richard F. Easton, M.A.
Professor of English

Nicholas J. Cavoti, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair of Psychology

Cathy Petchel, M.A.
Adjunct Professor of Psychology

Rebecca L. McDonald, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

Benjamin Seltzer
Assistant Professor, Psychology