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.

Child Development and Education (CDE) Snapshot

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
Careers After W&J
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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.

Child Development and Education (CDE) News

Symposium on Democracy Breakout Sessions Highlight W&J Student, Faculty Research

March 8, 2021

Washington & Jefferson College’s fourth annual Symposium on Democracy included breakout sessions hosted by W&J’s students and faculty members.

Freshman Taylor Weyrich named PAC rookie of the week

February 19, 2021

Taylor Weyrich of McMurray was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Women’s Swimming & Diving Rookie of the Week.

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