Child Development and Education (CDE)

Child Development and Education is an inter-departmental major that offers a holistic approach to how children learn, focusing on development from birth through childhood. The major combines coursework in education and psychology to provide students with a firm grounding in developmental psychology and the principles of elementary instruction and assessment.

Students majoring in Child Development and Education have the option to seek certification (Admission & Certification Requirements for Level I Professional Certification) in the State of Pennsylvania for Early Childhood Certification in grades PreK-4 and/or Grades 4-8 for Language Arts or Mathematics or Science or Social Studies.

Special Education PreK-8 is an available option for PreK-4 and Grades 4-8 certification candidates majoring in Child Development and Education.

See the special requirements for admission to teacher certification programs.

Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.

Research and Internships

  • Students research and connect theory and best practice through educational internships at urban, suburban, and rural schools locally and abroad in all core education classes.
  • Education students have received a record number of international Fulbright teaching awards

Child Development and Education (CDE) Faculty

John Zimmerman, Ph.D. portrait

Education Department Chair

John E. Zimmerman, Ph.D.

John E. Zimmerman, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at Washington & Jefferson College.


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