Child Development and Education (CDE)

The Department of Education offers one major that leads to graduation with a Bachelor of Arts: Child Development & 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.

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 Carpenter
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, Ed.D.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Michael Crabtree, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Elizabeth Bennett
Elizabeth A. Bennett, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
James Longo
James M. Longo, Ed.D.
Professor Chair of Education Department

Lynn A. Wilson, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Tim Klitz
Timothy S. Klitz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

Richard F. Easton, M.A.
Professor Emeritus, Director of Conflict and Resolution Studies Concentration
Nick Cavoti
Nicholas J. Cavoti, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair of Psychology
Cathy Petchel
Cathy Petchel, M.A.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Rebecca McDonald
Rebecca L. McDonald, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

Benjamin Seltzer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology