Child Development Studies
Degrees OfferedB.A., B.S.
SchoolLiffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences
Gain the professional and personal skills you need to positively impact the lives of children and families.
What You'll Learn
In child development studies, you’ll develop an essential understanding of human and child development. You’ll work closely with an advisor to create an interdisciplinary course of study suitable for your personal and professional goals that complements our core set of early childhood and development courses. The program pairs well with majors and minors in liberal arts, business, behavioral sciences, and health-related fields.
- Learn how to collaborate effectively.
You’ll cultivate the knowledge and skills to collaborate with a variety of different agencies to support the development of a child.
- Strengthen critical thinking and communication skills.
You’ll think critically about and clearly communicate critical components of child development and child development studies.
- Grow professionally and personally.
Gain skills for both professional and personal growth in a curriculum firmly grounded in Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values.
Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.
Careers & Outcomes
Child development studies prepares students for a variety of career paths — from education and pre-school childcare to graduate study. Because the major can be tailored to your interests and professional goals, your child development studies degree is an asset for entering and advancing in a wide variety of fields.
- Childcare provider
- Nonprofit manager
- Guidance counselor
- Family services provider
Janet Bassingthwaite, MEd
Director of Early Childhood Education Program, Director of Child Development Studies Program, Assistant Professor of Education
As a former Head Start teacher, Early Head Start Coordinator, Infant Toddler Specialist, and current ECE consultant, I bring over 20 years of early care and education experience to facilitate rich learning opportunities in various professional avenues. Through collaboration with local, private, and public systems, key partnerships have been established with agencies, programs, and schools serving children from birth to age 8. These partnerships allow University of Mary students to explore a variety of professional options in the field and gain the knowledge and practice to prepare them for work with young children and their families. As an early childhood advocate, I participate on local and statewide early childhood initiative committees, which allows for the continued growth of the ECE program and keeping current with the pulse of the profession.