Child Development and Learning Laboratory
Hometown: Monroe, Mich.
Meet Lydia, who just graduated from CMU’s undergraduate Early Childhood Development and Learning program and currently is a graduate assistant in the on-campus Child Development and Learning Laboratory. Can you tell she’s passionate about working with children and families?
Lydia is fully engaged in connecting with young children and helping them to learn and grow. She is confident these interactions are preparing her for her ultimate career goals to serve as a preschool teacher, college professor and child life specialist. “My courses have taken me on an in-depth journey into the field of childhood development and gave me tools and experiences that will benefit me in future interactions with children and families.”
New kinds of thinking. “My early childhood courses changed my entire way of thinking and my ideas about how to work with children. My eyes were opened to the fact that I need to observe and let the children’s interests determine what I help them learn.”
Learning by leading. “I was able to have a leadership role as a mentor in a lower-level course of my undergraduate major, leading discussions and fostering relationships between students. Being involved in Registered Student Organizations related to early childhood also was beneficial for my learning as well as for building relationships with other students who share the same passion.”
Successful support system. “Throughout my experience, the Child Development and Learning Lab faculty and staff members always were willing to answer questions, offer feedback, give suggestions, and lend support. I always took the feedback and really focused on improving.”
CMU knows learning is more than child's play
Highlights of CMU’s early childhood development-related programs include:
- Hands-on experience working with area children and learning from experienced professionals in the university’s Child Development and Learning Lab
- Course work and training that focus on careers in education and nonteaching-related areas such as preschool, Head Start programs and child care centers.
- Opportunities to live and learn with others who share your interests in the Education and Human Services Residential College.
Click here to learn more about CMU’s early childhood development-related programs and the College of Education and Human Services.