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Bachelor of Science in Child Studies

Pursue Your Child Studies Degree Online or On Campus at Post! 

Child studies is a multidisciplinary field that explores early childhood education and developmentally appropriate teaching. If helping young learners succeed is part of your plan for the future, then a Bachelor of Science in Child Studies from Post University could be right for you. Our degree in child studies blends coursework in early childhood theory and application from the foundational areas of social sciences, humanities, and behavioral sciences. It offers hands-on activities and field experiences to help you develop the knowledge and skills used in the support of effective learning experiences for young learners, from babies up to children aged 8. Plus, it is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), an organization dedicated to the pursuit of quality in early childhood education.

Coursework covers learning characteristics of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and children through third grade; their developmental stages; and strategies that support children developing typically as well as those with special education needs. Instruction emphasizes applied theory in areas such as planning, teaching, and assessing children’s learning progress. Courses also explore what it takes to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments. 


What Could I Do with a Child Studies degree?

Upon completing your bachelor’s degree program, you will have had the opportunity to explore the mechanics of curriculum development that work to balance learning goals of children as a group and as individuals. Ethical principles are highlighted to help guide your understanding of building effective relationships between children and their families in diverse communities. This is the education you could use to help young learners succeed in a variety of settings.

The Bachelor of Science in Child Studies degree offers the opportunity to prepare to make an impact on the lives of children, birth through age 8, and their families as early childhood educators. However, it is not a teacher certification preparation program for state licensure to teach in public schools in any state.

Post University assists in researching and providing information regarding licensure; however, each state has different requirements for such licensure outside of the required education. Such state requirements may include licensure exams, background checks, certain work experience, and more. It is ultimately the responsibility of each student to manage their own licensure process and to ensure that all requirements are met in order for the student to obtain licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body and does not guarantee licensure. Requirements for licensure are subject to change without notice.

Learn about teaching certification requirements through the state departments of education:


Visit the University Catalog >> for Curriculum, Course Descriptions, and Program Outcomes.


Industry-Focused Curriculum for Professional Skills

Coursework for your program is designed to help you build the foundation of insights necessary to:

  • Create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments
  • Use knowledge of home environments, culture, and community to nurture effective relationships with families and children
  • Apply appropriate assessment tools and approaches to observe and document learning
  • Construct and implement engaging curriculum — for individuals and groups of children
  • Communicate effectively and professionally in a variety of settings
  • Interact with community-based for-profit and non-profit early childhood organizations
  • And more!


Benefits of Earning a Child Studies Degree Online

From the admissions process to the day you graduate, we are with you every step of the way.

  • Receive support from a personal Post team of advisors focused on your academic success
  • Learn from industry-experienced professionals in interactive courses
  • No class times or set login times for your degree in child development
  • Online courses emphasize practical application of child studies principles


Pursue Your Bachelor of Science in Child Studies at Post!

At Post University, we are focused on your success, in and out of the classroom. A student success advisor will work with you one-on-one to answer your questions and help you address challenges throughout your degree program—on campus or online. We are here to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Have you been looking for an education-focused bachelor’s degree in child development to prepare for a future in early child learning? Pursue a program that explores what it takes to work in education settings and help facilitate learning success for children. Contact us to learn more about our Bachelor of Science in Child Studies program. 

Child Studies FAQs


What is child studies?

Child studies explores developmentally appropriate skills and teaching techniques to support children ages birth through eight years old. A child studies degree offers an understanding of the strategies, tools, and assessments used to support children developing typically as well as those with exceptional needs.

What do you study in child studies?

Child studies covers a number of practical and theoretical aspects of early childhood education, including:

  • Building relationships with families, learning professionals, and children in diverse communities
  • How to thrive in challenging environments
  • STEM education in the classroom
  • Relevant classroom activities
  • Language development
  • Family structures
  • And more!
What is NAEYC? Why is NAEYC accreditation a good thing?

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to helping young children thrive and achieve their full potentials. Programmatic accreditation is demonstrable proof of an external review that the program has met or exceeded a specific set of standards, in this case the NAEYC Higher Education Accreditation Standards.

What NAEYC accreditation means for Post students is that the BS in Child Studies has gone through an external evaluation and found to meet or exceed quality educational standards while demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.

A Word from Our Program Chair

“Love is essential in early childhood education. Every child is unique and special; you must look at each child individually. Working with children is a privilege and a high responsibility, and early childhood educators need the knowledge, skills, disposition, and competencies to serve children and families best. Our bachelor’s in child studies was one of the country’s first handful of bachelor’s programs to be NAEYC accredited.”

Marie Russell
Program Chair, Child Studies & Early Childhood Education

2023 NAEYC Program Outcomes: AS Early Childhood Education & BS Child Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Child Studies and Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education programs at Post University are accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L Street, NW, Suite 500 Washington, D.C. 20005, 202. 232.8777. The accreditation term for the Bachelor of Science in Child Studies program runs from March 2019 through March 2026. The accreditation term for the Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education program runs from March 2019 through March 2026.


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