Child and Family Development

School of Human Ecology

Child and Family Development Program

Do you have a passion for working with children and families and a drive to help them grow throughout the different stages of life? Start training for your dream job by earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in Child and Family Development!

Georgia Southern University’s Child and Family Development degree program takes a family-oriented approach to lifespan development. Designed to provide a strong background in the social and behavioral sciences related to child development, family development and the administration of programs for children and families, the Child and Family Development major gives you the tools you need to make an immediate and profound difference in the lives of others. A minor in Child and Family Development is also available if your major is in another discipline.

Child and Family Development majors can choose between four concentrations:

Birth-Kindergarten Teacher Education Degree Concentration

Location: Armstrong Campus

The goal of the Birth-Kindergarten Teacher Education concentration is to prepare you to work professionally with children and their families in a variety of settings, including serving children with special needs. This early childhood education program takes a holistic approach to addressing the diverse needs of children and families to ensure high quality and equitable classroom experiences for each and every child. This degree concentration can lead to initial birth through kindergarten teaching certification and will be offered only on the Armstrong Campus starting in Fall 2020. Applications for the first cohort are currently being accepted. 

Students graduating with a degree in Child and Family Development with a concentration in Birth-Kindergarten Teacher Education are eligible to apply for a Georgia teaching certificate.

Practicum and Student Teaching Opportunities

  • Public prekindergarten and kindergarten
  • Head Start and Early Head Start
  • Child development centers
  • Preschool programs

Family Services Degree Concentration

Location: Statesboro Campus

Currently offered only on the Statesboro Campus, the concentration in Family Services addresses issues that individuals, families and communities face across the lifespan, with a focus on empowerment and reinforcing existing strengths. The goal of this program is to prepare you for employment in a variety of settings, such as social work, legal and public policy, case management or direct service. This program can lead to becoming a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).

Family Services Internship Opportunities

  • Social work agencies (adoption and foster care)
  • Parent educator
  • Crisis centers
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Assisted living centers

Child Development Degree Concentration

Location: Statesboro Campus

The Child Development degree concentration prepares you to work professionally in diverse settings with young children — infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners — and their families to promote child and youth development. The Child Development curriculum focuses on putting developmental theory into practice and promoting optimal development of all young children including those with special needs in inclusive settings. This concentration is currently offered only on the Statesboro Campus.

Child Development Internship Opportunities

  • Early intervention programs working with children with disabilities
  • After school/camp youth development programs
  • Child development centers
  • Childcare centers
  • Preschools
  • Head Start
  • 4H programs

Child Life Degree Concentration

Location: Statesboro Campus

The Child Life degree concentration is designed to prepare students to become certified child life specialists or work in related non-profits. In this program, you’ll take a family-centered care approach to the psychosocial needs of children (birth-22) who are hospitalized or have chronic illnesses. Classes provide a strong background in child development and family systems, as well as how to provide emotional support to families facing challenging events related to hospitals and healthcare, such as illness and death.

Child Life certification requires the completion of a specific course sequence, practicum, 600-hour internship and passing the certification exam. This concentration is currently offered only on the Statesboro Campus.

Child Life Internship Opportunities

  • Children’s hospitals
  • Ronald McDonald houses
  • Make-A-Wish

Get Hands-On Experience in Georgia Southern’s On-site Child Development Center

Georgia Southern offers you hands-on learning opportunities at the Georgia Southern University Child Development Center located on the Statesboro Campus. The center houses observation areas and laboratory facilities that offer you real world experiences working directly with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years to prepare you for your future career.

Careers in Child and Family Development

With a major in Child and Family development, you can begin a career that will allow you to make an immediate and profound difference in others’ lives.

  • Child life specialist
  • Preschool teacher
  • Adoption and foster care agencies
  • Parent educator
  • Youth development specialist

Do You Have Questions? Contact Us!

Alice Hall
Interim Director
CDC Building  219 – Office – 1003
Phone: 912-478-5809
Fax: 912-478-0276
Email: alicehall@georgiasouthern.edu

Jerri Kropp
Certified Child Life Specialist
IAB Building 265 – Office 3071
Phone: 912-478-5420
Fax: 912-478-0276
Email: jkropp@georgiasouthern.edu

Dina Walker-DeVose
Coordinator Birth-Kindergarten
IAB Building 265 – Office 3065
Phone: 912-478-7312
Fax: 912-478-0276
Email: dwalkerdevose@georgiasouthern.edu


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