Bachelor of Science in Child Studies
Pursue a Career with a Purpose
This program is offered on Campus and Online.
You’ve seen firsthand the positive impact of education on young children, and you want to lead and help them be successful in school. As a child studies major at Post University, you will prepare for a new position or promotion in early care and early education centers, departments of social services, family resources centers, children’s museums, or recreation centers. This program will prepare you to work with children birth through age 8 in private settings.
Through hands-on activities and in-field experiences, you will acquire the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to support the development of children aged birth through 8 years old. You will gain an understanding of the characteristics of infants, toddlers, and young children; their developmental stages; and strategies that support children developing typically as well as those with special needs. During your coursework, you will:
- Apply developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging learning environments
- Apply your knowledge and understanding of family, culture and community characteristics when building effective relationships with diverse families and children
- Observe and document children’s learning using appropriate assessment tools and approaches
- Construct and implement an engaging curriculum that is meaningful, challenging and achievable to all children
- Effectively and professionally communicate verbally and in writing
Our early childhood program also requires a rigorous practicum and challenging capstone field placement, which allow you to gain experience in applied early care and education settings. You will put learned theories into practice while planning, teaching and assessing young learners and working collaboratively with peers, co-workers, and families.
Upon completion of your coursework and training, you will be able to meet the early childhood teacher preparation and education standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and adhere to the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.
At Post University, our focus is to help better prepare you for the real world. Our faculty consists of top practitioners who have extensive experience in the education field. They bring their expertise and integrity into the classroom, while our professional staff provides a personal level of support of your goals. From the moment you enroll, they will be available to answer any questions and work to help you overcome any obstacles and apply for child development careers upon graduation.
Bachelor of Science in Child Studies
Normal Time for Completion: 48 Months
This program is offered at the Main Campus and online.
Students in the Child Studies program learn appropriate skills and techniques to support the development of children from birth through eight years old. Students gain an understanding of the characteristics of infants, toddlers, and young children; their developmental stages; and strategies that support children developing typically, as well as, those with exceptional needs. In their practicum and capstone courses, students learn to work collaboratively with early childhood professionals, peers, coworkers, and families. Additionally, students put learned theories into practice while planning, teaching and assessing young learners. The Child Studies program prepares students to meet the standards for early childhood professional preparation set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Connecticut State Office of Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC), Preschool Level B. Students may seek employment in settings such as private schools, Head Start programs, early care and education centers; departments of social services, family resource centers, children’s museums and recreation centers. The Bachelor of Science in Child Studies is not a teacher-certification preparation program. Graduates may pursue teacher certification through alternative routes such as post-baccalaureate or graduate programs that prepare students for teacher licensure.
- Students will apply developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging learning environments that are reflective of the multiple influences on early development and learning.
- Students will apply their knowledge and understanding of family, culture and community characteristics when building effective relationships with families and children.
- Students will observe and document children’s learning using appropriate assessment tools and approaches while forming assessment partnerships with families and other professionals.
- Students will construct and implement an engaging curriculum that is meaningful, challenging and achievable to all children both as a group and as individuals.
- Students will demonstrate ethical guidelines (NAEYC’s Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment) and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.
- Students will demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on their work making informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources.
- Students will develop a professional commitment to children, families, colleagues and the early childhood community.
- Students will communicate effectively and professionally both orally and through writing.
|80||B.S. IN CHILD STUDIES TOTAL CREDITS||120 crs||h|
|82||GENERAL EDUCATION||54 crs||h|
|83||COMMON CORE||12 crs||s|
|84||ENG110 College Writing||3 crs|
|85||ENG130 Literature and Composition||3 crs|
|86||COM107 Introduction to Communication||3 crs|
|87||CIS112 Introduction to Computing||3 crs|
|88||LIBERAL ARTS||24 crs||s|
|89||History Elective*||3 crs|
Professionalism, Prevention of Abuse, and Safety in the Field of Early Childhood Education
Children deserve to be safe and well taken care of. Thus, one critical way to ensure this is to make sure that adults caring for and working with children have undergone a comprehensive background check and fingerprinting.
Background Checks & Fingerprinting Information
As a degree candidate in Early Childhood Education or Child Studies you will be required to complete observations, as well as practicums and capstone field experiences. A criminal background check and/or finger printing may be required for any such observations and/or placements working with children.
Please note: The requirement for criminal background checks and/or fingerprinting is at the sole discretion of your chosen site/s in accordance with local, state, and federal law. Students are responsible for understanding and meeting any such requirements prior to engaging the aforementioned observations or field experiences.
The University reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The University will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.
For full course descriptions please refer to the University Catalog for the current Academic Year.
Your future and future generations are waiting. Contact us to enroll in our Waterbury, Connecticut-based or online child studies program now.
The Bachelors in Child Studies does not lead to teacher certification/ licensure to teach in public schools. Certification/ licensure is a professional process that varies from state to state. Please consult the appropriate state agency to determine the specific requirements for licensure in your state.
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 2021.
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