The child development option is designed for the student who wants to work with children of various ages in a variety of settings. Coursework for this option covers a full range of classes and includes: Infant and Child Development, Adolescence, Family Studies, Fostering Learning in Early Childhood, and Family, School, and Community Collaborations. Required internship experience helps students to build bridges between theory and practice.

Career Opportunities

Early childhood teacher, child care coordinator, Head Start Education Coordinator, home visitor, family services coordinator, classroom assistant for child with special developmental and/or typical needs. This option may also prepare a student interested in applying to the Master of Arts in Teaching program at OSU-Cascades which provides graduates with licensure to teach early childhood/elementary in Oregon schools.