Child Development

Child Development

What children learn and experience within their first five years can shape their views of themselves, the way they perceive the world and their later successes in school, work and personal lives. Our  Child Development program prepares graduates to facilitate and assess learning environments that are engaging and playful to promote social, emotional, cognitive and physical development in young children.

The Child Development program is designed as a career ladder with multiple entry and exit points. Students can earn a Child Development Certificate and in just one more year, an Associate of Applied Science in Child Development. Add two more years of study to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Child Development. Our bachelor degree can be completed entirely online, and students receive in-state tuition no matter where they live!

The Associate of Applied Science in Child Development program also accepts transfer credits from the WV Infant & Toddler (WVIT), EDGE Credit, Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS), and Child Development Associate (CDA).

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Certificate

Certificate of Applied Science in Child Development

Our Certificate of Applied Science in Child Development degree is a total of 30-credit hours. During your studies, you will organize and prepare experiences for young children including creative play, integrating experiences in early childhood programs, address legal and ethical considerations in meeting the needs of exceptional children, and more.

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Associate

Associate of Applied Science in Child Development

Our Associate of Applied Science in Child Development degree takes 60-credit hours to complete. During your studies, you will examine young childhood relationships, explore curriculum associated with early education programs, focus on the various tools and assessments for children ages birth through age 5 years, and more.

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Bachelor

Bachelor of Applied Science in Child Development

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Child Development can be completed entirely online, or students can take the initial general education courses in person and transition into the online child development courses. With this online degree, all students, no matter where they live, receive in-state tuition!

Students will plan, implement and assess developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children. They use a strong understanding of child development to promote social, emotional, physical, and cognitive learning and growth.

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Child Development is a non-licensing degree and will not lead to public school certification.

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If you already have an Associate Degree in Child Development or a related degree from an accredited college or university, your degree will be accepted and you may begin working toward the Associate of Applied Science in Child Development at WVU Parkersburg.

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What can I do with this degree?

We will provide you with the knowledge to earn credentials in the Child Development field so you may create positive learning environments in child care centers, Head Start and professional positions at the local and state level for young children to learn and grow their emotional, social and cognitive skills.

Potential Careers

Lead Teacher in Head Start or Centers

Childcare Center Director

Child Care Resource & Referral Specialists

Birth to Three Specialist

Family Support Specialist

Classroom Aides in Public Schools

Home-Based Service Provider

TUITION

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Additional course fees may apply and rates are subject to change.

WV & OH Residents

Per Credit Hour

$153 - $211

Per Semester

$1,836 - $2,532

Fall & Spring Semesters

$3,672 - $5,064

Non-Residents

Per Credit Hour

$341 - $364

Per Semester

$4,092 - $4,368

Fall & Spring Semesters

$8,184 - $8,736

High School Students

Per Credit Hour

$50

Per Semester

$600

Fall & Spring Semesters

$1,200

Christi Calvert

Child Development Instructor

Education Division

Room 1215A

304-424-8000 ext. 430

christi.calvert@wvup.edu

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