Bachelor’s in Child Development and Family Studies – West Virginia University

 The Bachelor’s in Child Development and Family Studies degree program provides two curriculum options to prospective students.

Birth through Pre-Kindergarten

The birth through pre-kindergarten 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.

Family and Youth

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.

Admission Requirements:

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose.


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