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 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.

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