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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:


Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Educational Psychology:
Emphasis in Child Development and Family Studies

Students can pursue graduate study in Child Development and Family Studies by enrolling in the Master of Arts in Educational Psychology program and choosing the emphasis in Child Development and Family Studies. This program provides students with opportunities for conducting research and working with families and children in both educational and applied settings. Courses in child development, family studies, parenting strategies, and interpersonal communication skills are supplemented with field experiences in a variety of settings. Students are also prepared for doctoral study in child development and family studies, sociology, special education, psychology, and counseling. 

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Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Education:
Emphasis in Human Development and Family Studies

The Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education Program provides a rigorous course of study along with mentored research and teaching experiences to enable students to achieve core educational objectives as scholars in human development and family studies.

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Certification 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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