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Child Development

Major, Minor

Program Overview

Building healthy adults starts with building healthy children. As a child development major at CMU, you'll help youth create a foundation for lifelong success. Whether you want to work with people from infancy through early adulthood, advocate for the rights of children, become a social worker or counselor, or work with youth in various family and community settings, this program is your foundation for a career lifting others toward successful futures.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 24 - 40

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

When you were growing up, do you remember an adult who showed you how to be resilient? Who gave you the confidence to be your best — and, most of all, be yourself?

With our child development major, you'll learn to be that person.

You'll examine the long-range effects of growth and development from birth through early adulthood. By the time you graduate, you'll get hands-on experiences that will prepare you for a fulfilling career. In the past, our students have completed internships at government agencies, safe houses, youth centers, and more.

Classes cover such interdisciplinary topics such as:

  • Family and parent-child relationships.
  • Infant, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescent/early adulthood development.
  • Culture and the impact of oppression.
  • Mental health.
  • Risk and resilience.

Program Highlights

As a student in the child development program, you will:

  • Observe children at CMU's Child Development and Learning Laboratory, where you'll experience a model preschool.
  • We have collaborated with over 650 community organizations across the U.S. and abroad to provide internship experiences to more than 800 child development majors.
  • Have the chance to study abroad, so you can build new perspectives on child development in different cultures.
  • Gain networking, service, and professional development opportunities through student organizations such as the Child Life Student Association, Connections that Count, and the Family Relations Council.

Careers & Outcomes

CMU's child development program will prepare you to go to work right after graduation, in child protective services or after-school programs; you could also pursue further training, which could open the door to social work, speech therapy, family/child law, advocacy, or counseling.

Career Projected Salary
Youth Counselor/Worker $30,796
Case Worker $38,544
Family/School/General Social Worker $50,357
Nanny/Babysitter $44,021
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