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B.S. in Child Development

The B.S. in Child Development prepares students with a working knowledge of typical and atypical development from birth through adolescence, and an understanding of the influence of familial, cultural, socioeconomic, and other factors on developmental progression and child and adolescent well-being. Emphasis is placed on the application of evidence-based practices to support child health and safety and to promote positive developmental, educational, and psychological outcomes. This program is designed to meet the needs of students interested in working with children 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, education, and counseling/psychology.

What you'll study
Infants and young children experience life differently than older children. Learn how to assess their progress, meet special needs, and apply developmental research to enhance their lives. With a major in child development, you'll investigate parenting, literacy, and psychosocial development. An advanced senior year seminar will inspire you to research, examine, and analyze current and relevant issues that affect young children and their families.

How you'll learn more
Take advantage of one of the nation's best resources devoted to early childhood: NSU's Mailman Segal Center for Human Development. Gain insights from the latest research on autism and other challenges, and connect with NSU and community resources that support childhood health. While at NSU, consider earning the national Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition.

Where it can take you
Graduates of the child development program can pursue a variety of different careers. The 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, education, and counseling/psychology.

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GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (30 CREDITS)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT MAJOR (39 credits)

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECDP 3321 Infant and Toddler Development 3
ECDP 3334 Preschool, Primary, and Middle Childhood Development 3
EECP 3351 Adolescent Development 3
ECDP 3341 Child and Adolescent Mental Health 3
ECDP 3338 Cultural and Social Issues in Child Development 3
EECP 4330 Promoting Child Health and Safety 3
ECDP 4423 Child Abuse and Neglect 3
EDEC 2405 Supporting Children & Adolescents with Special Needs 3
ECA 0218 Child Observation & Assessment for Decision Making  3
EDEC 4320 Cultural Perspectives in Working with Children and Families 3
ECDP 3345 Parenting Theory and Practice 3
HS 3430 Special Topics in Advocacy 3
ECDP 4990  Advanced Senior Seminar 3

 

CONCENTRATIONS (15 CREDITS)

Students may choose to select one of the following concentrations or any combination of courses across the concentrations to meet the 15-credit concentration requirement:

 

LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION (15 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECA 0270 Administration of Child Care and Education Programs 3
ECA 2273 Creative Activities for Young Children 3
ECA 0241 Child Care Administration: Organizational Leadership and Management 3
ECA 0275 Child Care Administration: Financial and Legal Issues 3
ECA 0278 Curricular Programming in Early Childhood Centers 3
EDEC 3420 Families of Children with Special Needs: Challenges and Opportunities 3

*Students completing courses in the Leadership and Administration concentration are prepared to lead in a child care setting and will have satisfied the requirements for the Florida Director Credential.

 

EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT (15 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECA 0203 Foundations of Early Care and Education 3
ECA 0101 Introduction to Early Childhood: Professionalism, Safety, Health, and Learning Environment 3
ECA 0112 Introduction to Early Childhood: Physical, Cognitive, Communication, and Creative Development 3
ECA 0114 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Families, Schools and Communities 3
ECA 0267 Literacy Development in Multilingual Communities 3

*Students completing courses in the Early Child Development concentration will have met the required coursework to satisfy the training component necessary to apply for the Child Development Associate Credential.

 

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION (15 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Title Credits
EDUC 2010F Foundations of Education 3
ESOL 3340F Survey of TESOL for Teachers 3
EDUC 3360 Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 3525F Practices of Instruction 3
EDUC 3535F Educational Assessment 3

 

*Students completing courses in the Curriculum and Instruction concentration can pursue an alternative pathway to teacher certification. All Fischler Academy students are required to complete the Curriculum and Instruction concentration. * Although completion of this concentration provides a pathway to alternative certification, this degree is not designed to lead to certification or licensure. Candidates seeking teacher certification must pass all required Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE).

ELECTIVES (15 CREDITS)

Select an additional 33 credits of open electives from any courses, including those listed under the concentrations.

The field experiences provide students with an opportunity to perform the duties of a child development professional within an early childhood setting. The purpose of these experiences is to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the competencies and national guidelines for early childhood professionals. Field experiences are infused into the coursework throughout the degree program.

Coursework in the bachelor of science in early child development is available for traditional students and completely online. This distance education approach allows busy professionals the option to complete their online degree in child development without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

See the entire program at a glance. The four-year plan of study will assist you in planning your future at NSU. It presents an overall idea of the order in which courses might be taken in a four-year plan during a student's college career. 

4-Year Plan of Study
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