Child Development (B.S.)

Department of Family and Child Studies

The Child Development (BS) - Family and Consumer Sciences (non-licensure) degree at Appalachian State University is designed to give you a broad base of knowledge about children and families. In this major, you will take courses in all areas of child and family studies — from conception through adulthood.

Graduates of this degree can work in non-school settings and agencies with children and adolescents. They create supportive environments for children and families that will assist professionals who work directly with families and family service agencies. They also work closely with families of children and adolescents to help parents understand what can ensure positive developmental and educational outcomes.

Students choose an area of focus including: Infant/Toddler, Preschool/Kindergarten, Programs and Services, and a Research focus (for those planning to go on to graduate school). Two required field experiences will develop your professional skills so you are ready for the workplace.

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Child/Human Development and Family Science/Studies
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
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