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Child Development and
family studies programs

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies 

Individuals choosing a major in child development and family studies may select a professional focus from a wide variety of areas including child care specialist, early childhood teacher, developmental specialist, child life educator, parent educator, parent educator, extension specialist, and family life specialist. Field placements offer students an opportunity to apply classroom theory to actual situations.

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Online Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies with Pre-K Certification Option

West Virginia University’s Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies with Pre-K Certification option, is ideal for off-campus individuals who must obtain a degree with certification in Pre-K to maintain their employment, as well as for other off campus individuals who want to enter the field of early childhood education earning a four-year degree. Students must have graduated from high school at least four years prior to enrolling in the program.

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Child Development and Family Studies Undergraduate Minors

The purpose of our CDFS minors is to better prepare individuals to work with children in a variety of settings. Students will concentrate on courses that address topics such as the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of children as facilitated by families, educators, child care professionals, and others in each of these developmental domains. The following minors are offered:


Certificate and Credential Programs

The Child Development and Family Studies program offers the following certification and credential programs:

Academic Common Market Tuition Savings Program

The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a tuition ­savings program for college students in the 16 SREB member states who want to pursue degrees that are not offered by their in-­state institutions. Students may enroll in out­-of-­state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the institution’s in­state tuition rates. The Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) Program at WVU participates in the ACM.

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