Child Development and Family Science, BS—Child Development Specialization

About the Child Development Specialization

Our Child Development Specialization is built upon a strong foundation in the study of children's growth and development from infancy through adolescence. We emphasize the importance of understanding what influences child development, including social, cultural, and environmental factors. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of child development theories, research methods, and practical skills needed for working with children and families.

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Why Study Child Development at CWU?

We prioritize opportunities for you to gain hands-on experience in our courses and through internships, research projects, and practicum placements.

The practical experience gained through the Child Development program enhances your understanding of child development. In addition, the courses taken throughout the program will help you develop therapeutic skills to prepare for working with children and families in many settings. 

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How much does this program cost?  

Explore information on Cost, Aid, and Value to make an informed decision about investing in your education at CWU. 

Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information. 

All Child Development students complete a Multi-term Practicum Experience in an agency suited to their professional goals.

Careers and Opportunities  

Graduates of our program pursue a variety of careers in fields related to child development, education, and social services.  

  • Early Childhood Educator: Want to be a teacher? Graduates can teach in preschools and childcare centers. You could design and implement a curriculum and provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for young children. 
  • Child Life Specialist: Consider a career in hospitals, providing emotional support and therapeutic interventions to children and families undergoing medical procedures and treatments. 
  • Case Worker: You can work in various social service agencies, such as child welfare agencies, family service organizations, and community centers, where they provide, advocacy, and support to individuals, families, and communities. 


Join the Child Development and Family Consumer Science Club 

Expand your community at Central Washington University by participating in clubs and activities. Meet your fellow Wildcats and gain knowledge outside of the classroom by joining the Child Development and Family Science Club. 

Our Students Stand Out in the Community 

Our Child Development and Family Science (CDFS) Department prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed to stand out in community, government, and graduate settings. See CDFS Student Research and Program News featured in Pearson Education articles, Pulse articles, the Yakima Herald, and more.

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