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Bachelor of Science in 
Child Development & Family Studies

Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies

The BS degree in Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) prepares students to work with children and families in a variety of settings. Students can select from several curriculum pathways to best suit their career goals and interests. Broadly, students may choose to focus their studies in the area of early childhood development or youth and families.

All CDFS graduates are prepared through both course work and field experiences; thus, while completing their degree, students are able to gain hands-on experience in their profession. 

Students who focus on the early childhood will acquire:

Students who focus on youth and family will acquire:


Early Childhood Development teacher and student

The early childhood development curriculum pathway encompass the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of young children in the family and early childhood contexts. The West Virginia University Child Development Laboratory (Nursery School) provides students with valuable learning experiences as they plan and implement preschool programming. 

This pathway offers the following options of study:
  • Pre-K Certification
  • Pre-K Certification with Preschool Special Needs Pre-K-K Endorsement
  • Child Development (Non-Certification) Option
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Family and Youth family study session

The Family and Youth Studies curriculum pathway is designed for students with interests in working with children, adolescents, and/or families. Students in this option may be seeking careers working with these segments of the population in such settings as youth or family service agencies or as Child Live Specialists in medical settings. This option is also appropriate for students who will pursue graduate studies in child or human development, family studies, education, developmental psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work, and related fields. 

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Current Students: 

CDFS Online Class Registration Form

To register for online CDFS classes, please complete the Online Class Registration Form.

Submit TB Test and Background Check Results

Submit proof of your negative TB test and receipt/proof of a fingerprint background check using the online submission form.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Amy Root ( Amy.Kennedy@mail.wvu.edu).