Investigate Parenting, Literacy, and the Psychosocial Development of Children and Adolescents

Are you passionate about the well-being of children? Would you like to pursue a career in human services, child protection, advocacy, education or psychology? Are you ready to get the NSU Edge and become an advocate for children in your community?

Gaining a working knowledge of typical and atypical development from birth through adolescence will enable you to shape the future of the children and families who need it the most. A child development degree will help you understand the influence of familial, cultural and socioeconomic factors on the developmental progression of children and adolescents.

Nova Southeastern University’s Bachelor of Science in Child Development program emphasizes evidence-based practices to support child health and safety. Our goal is to promote positive developmental, educational and psychological outcomes.

Why Should You Major in Child Development at NSU?

Be Prepared to Work Directly with Children and Families

With a degree in child development, you will be ready to work directly with children and adolescents in a variety of different fields. From developmental disabilities to child protection, child advocacy to education, there are a variety of career opportunities at your fingertips. You may also choose to continue your education with graduate studies in your particular area of interest

Average Starting Salary

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers with a child development degree can earn a median salary of $54,550 annually, with a six percent job growth by 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Certified Child Life Specialists can earn a median salary of $60,380 annually, with seven percent job growth by 2026. 

Shark Destinations

NSU’s Child Development program is designed to meet the needs of students interested in working directly with children and their families in a human services or child care and education program setting once they graduate and/or would like to pursue graduate studies in fields including but not limited to, developmental disabilities, child protection, child advocacy, health care, education and counseling/psychology.

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