Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Child and Family Development
The undergraduate degree in Child and Family Development prepares students to be outstanding professionals in a variety of careers focused on families and young children. The B.A. degree in Child and Family Development prepares graduates to work in educational and related settings that serve infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners with and without disabilities, and their families. The program qualifies graduates for the Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License in birth-kindergarten (B-K) education. Admission to the Child and Family Development major requires an overall GPA of at least 2.5 in at least 45 credit hours of coursework.
To see a program planning sheet, refer to the link on the left-hand side of this page. For more information, please contact the Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL) at 704-687-8725 or Ms. Jamie Brown (Child and Family Development Undergraduate Program Director) at 704-687-5920 or email@example.com.
Admission Requirements for B.A. in Child and Family Development
- Completion of at least 45 credit hours of coursework
- Overall GPA of at least 2.5
- A grade of “C” or above in SPED 2100 and either EDUC 1100 or EDUC 2100
- Passing scores on all three parts of the Praxis Core (Reading, Writing and Mathematics) or acceptable alternatives (SAT or ACT scores)
- Admission application and criteria through the TEAL office
The goal of the Child and Family Development program is to assure the development of competent professionals who support the potential of every family and child (prenatally through early childhood). Using a developmental framework, graduates are prepared to apply their understanding of the various stages of growth and development of young children in the context of evolving cultural, community, and societal systems. Candidates have specific coursework and clinical experiences in a variety of settings in order to learn and apply evidence-based knowledge and practices in the field of early childhood development and education. Candidates will learn to effectively utilize screening and assessment procedures for young children as well as design, adapt, implement, and evaluate individually appropriate learning environments for young children from birth through kindergarten. In addition, graduates will be able to collaborate effectively with families and professionals to provide support for children who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse. Graduates of the program are prepared to meet the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and the ten Interstate New Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) Standards for new teachers in Content Pedagogy, Student Development, Diverse Learners, Multiple Instructional Strategies, Motivation and Management, Communication and Technology, Planning, Assessment, Reflective Practice, and School and Community Involvement.
Students who intend to major in Child and Family Development and to earn B-K licensure are classified as Pre-Education students in Child and Family Development. These students are assigned an advisor in the Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL), who help students select appropriate General Education and elective courses, and who will help them meet the requirements for admission to teacher education.
To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program in Child and Family Development, students must have completed an admission application through the TEAL office, attained a grade of “C” or above in SPED 2100 and either EDUC 1100 or EDUC 2100, attained passing scores on all three parts of the Praxis Core or acceptable alternatives (SAT or ACT scores), and attained an overall GPA of at least 2.5 in at least 45 credit hours of coursework. Applications for admission to the Teacher Education Program in Child and Family Development are available from and are to be returned to the TEAL office after a student has earned at least 45 credit hours of coursework. Students are then assigned a major/minor advisor in child and family development who assists planning the remainder of the program of study. Course selections for each subsequent semester must be approved by the student’s advisor in child and family development. Assignment of the student’s major/minor advisor is the responsibility of the Child and Family Development Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Special Education and Child Development (SPCD).
All education students are tracked through their program with a Program Planning Sheet. The original planning sheet is uploaded to the advising system and lists all courses taken, transfer hours, General Education and minor requirements met, and courses remaining in the program. Note that the University requires that the minimum number of credits in a degree program is 120 credit hours.
Some courses in the professional program include a clinical requirement where students complete specific activities or designated hours in an appropriate setting. Clinicals are designed to expose students to diverse school demographics, locations, and programs.
All students with an education major must maintain a 2.5 GPA overall and a 2.75 GPA in their professional courses. All professional courses must be passed with a grade of C or above, and students may repeat a professional course once. Students may be dropped from a course if they register out of sequence.
For details about the Honors Program in Education, see the beginning of the Cato College of Education section in the undergraduate catalog.
Teacher education candidates participate in the yearlong internship during their final year of the program. During the first semester, students spend a minimum of one day per week in an assigned classroom while completing coursework on campus. During the second semester of the internship, students complete full-time student teaching in the same classroom. Applications for this yearlong internship are due two semesters prior to student teaching; part two of the application is due one semester prior to student teaching.
For the suggested course sequence toward completing the major, please see the link on the left-hand side of this page. Consultation with an advisor is required.