Bachelor of Science Child & Adolescent Development

A Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Union Institute & University’s Child & Adolescent Development major prepares you for licensure and gives you the skills to provide high-quality care and education across various settings for children, from birth through adolescence. You may advance your career in the early childhood education profession, become an administrator, or even operate an early childhood education program of your own. With the demand for jobs in the early childhood education profession always growing, this degree will empower you to achieve your dream career.

Fall Term Tuition Rate: $350/credit hour

120 Total credits
$350 Cost per credit hour
Jun 28 Next Start Date

A Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Union Institute & University’s Child & Adolescent Development major prepares you for licensure and gives you the skills to provide high-quality care and education across various settings for children, from birth through adolescence. You may advance your career in the early childhood education profession, become an administrator, or even operate an early childhood education program of your own. With the demand for jobs in the early childhood education profession always growing, this degree will empower you to achieve your dream career.

  • 120 Credit Hours Program (minimum)
  • Full-time & part-time options
  • Classes start every 8 weeks!
  • Up to 90 semester hours in transfer credits
  • CHD 305- The Integration of Developmental Domains, Theory, and Practice
  • CHD 306- Transforming Learning Standards into Achievement
  • CHD 307- Constructing Reciprocal Relationships with Families and the Community
  • CHD 405- The Art and Science of Assessing Children and Families
  • CHD 406- Professional Practices
 
  • CHD 100/200/300/400- Independent Studies
  • CHD 190/290/390/490- Special Topics
  • CHD 225 Introduction to Technology Skills for Early Childhood Educators- Promoting Social and Emotional Growth
  • CHD 303- Multicultural Issues in Child Development
  • CHD 304- The Exceptional Child
  • CHD 308- Development of the Adolescent
  • CHD 404- Learning Through Play
  • CHD 407- Cognitive Development of the Child and Adolescent
  • CHD 412- Language Development of the Child
  • CHD 414- Working with Young Dual Language Learners
  • CHD 415 Sensory Development- Challenges & Opportunities in the Classroom
     
     
 

Applying Your Degree to Real World Experience

Union’s Child & Adolescent Development graduates excel in a variety of early childhood education careers. With Union’s degree, you’ll be ready to guide the educational and developmental needs of children, from infancy, early childhood, middle childhood to adolescence.

  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Early Childhood Education Program Owners
  • Early Childhood Education Program Administrators
  • Home-Visitors

Stay Ahead of State & Federal Mandates

We understand that the changes to state and federally-funded early childhood education programs may seem overwhelming. Union Institute & University is here to help you to stay up-to-date with government mandates and regulations. Earning a degree while working full-time and caring for your family is a balancing act. Our online degree program is flexible, making it possible for you to live your life and learn at the same time.

Skills & Benefits Union Students Gain

  • Emphasize the importance of integrating diversity and multiculturalism in developing curricula and managing child development programs.
  • Analyze and evaluate the theoretical perspectives of developmental psychology in various stages and phases of human development: infancy, early childhood, middle-childhood, and adolescence.
  • Analyze current issues as related to programs for children and compare/contrast and critique the most recent classroom assessment methods.
  • Create reciprocal, culturally, responsive relationships with families and communities.
  • Establish and maintain a safe, caring, inclusive, and healthy environment that meets the developmental needs of the children.
  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences that promote the social-emotional development, physical development, health, cognitive development, and general learning competencies of each child served.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with state-mandated health and safety requirements and processes.
  • Identify issues and needs for advocacy to support children and their families.

“I wanted teaching experience and a degree where I can work with children and adults or families. I got the job that I wanted because of my degree. I always wanted to be a teacher and now I am in the profession that I love. I am also a first-generation college graduate.”

JENNIFER OCHOA
Graduate and Head Start Teacher

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Licensure Disclosure

Please see the Disclosure statement in CATALOG, p. 207. For additional information, including a breakdown by state, click here.