The study of child development focuses on how children learn, grow and change from adolescence to maturity. Fostering healthy social, emotional, cognitive and physical development sets the stage for children, families, and communities to thrive.
Dedicated to improving the lives of children and families, the Child Development Department offers courses that incorporate hands-on training at its two early childhood education centers. Concentrations are grouped under two main programs: Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Courses focus on nutrition, literacy, skills strategies, child and adolescent development, family and community, teaching techniques, and health and safety regulations. The department offers associate degrees for those continuing their education and certificates for those launching or advancing their careers. Students prepare to work as aides, teachers, supervisors or program directors in group settings or assisting children with special needs.