Child Development and Education


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.

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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.

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Child Development and Education Faculty