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Child Development
If you love working with young children, Madonna University offers both a major and minor in the study of Child Development. This program focuses on the growth and development of children from the prenatal stage through age five.

This is the program for you if you would like to pursue a career as a preschool teacher, an infant-toddler caregiver, owner of a child care program, director of a childcare program or preschool, be a home visitor, a child life specialist, or take on another position in the field of early care and education.
Why Madonna?
You are about to make an important decision about your future. When making the decision which university to attend in order to earn your early childhood degree, there are multiple reasons why Madonna should be at the top of your list:

  • Our small class sizes ensure that you receive personal attention.
  • You can develop personal relationships with faculty who care deeply about your success.
  • Because of the depth of our program and our reputation, Madonna’s graduates are highly thought of by area schools.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to participate in multiple clubs with others who share your interest in education.
    1. Madonna Early Childhood Club, an affiliate of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
    2. Society for Future Teachers (SFT), where you’ll meet others who have a strong interest in teaching
    3. Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an honor society for educators
  • Course times vary to accommodate a variety of schedules.
  • You’ll be attending an accredited Early Childhood program.

What you learn
In the Child Development program, you will learn different theories of child development, explore current research on how young children learn, and create learning environments and experiences that are respectful, supportive and challenging for all children. You’ll gain knowledge of how to support and partner with diverse families.

You’ll also learn to plan and individualize learning experiences, assess young children, use technology effectively, and create experiences that support the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical growth and development of both typically and atypically developing children. You’ll have classroom experience in multiple age levels and in diverse settings.

You can learn more about the classes you’ll take for the Child Development program from the Plan of Study. Major | Minor
What you can earn
This program of study will prepare you to work with children from birth through age five. Upon successful completion of your coursework, practicum, and directed teaching experience, you will earn a Bachelors of Science degree in Child Development.

For more information, contact
Dr. Mary Tomczyk
Director, Early Childhood and Child Development

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