BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Be an advocate for kids. With your Bachelor of Arts in Child Development degree earned online from Ashford University, you will study the stages of development from infancy through adolescence and the ways that family, culture, peers, and schools influence the growth of children.

Your online courses include a wide variety of topics, from language acquisition to behavior and the critical role of play in children's education. This unique degree demonstrates your competence and ability in working with children.

  • Utilize knowledge of child development to construct and evaluate curriculum that effectively addresses the stages of development including cognitive, language, physical and affective development of young children
  • Analyze the influence and impact of families and communities on a child’s learning and development
  • Describe how family structure and cultural backgrounds influence communication processes in a child’s environment
  • Evaluate the critical role of play in children’s learning and development
  • Apply knowledge from your child development degree studies as an advocate for children, families, childcare and education

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Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wscuc.org. WSCUC is a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions

 

An online degree from Ashford University does not lead to immediate teacher licensure in any state. If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state's policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.