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