Child Development professionals are instrumental in shaping the social, personal, and intellectual makeup of children and adolescents. They have a great impact on the development of attitudes, values, skills, and knowledge of young individuals that will govern their adult behavior throughout life. More specifically, they help children explore their interests, tap into their natural abilities and talents, build self-esteem, and, ultimately, realize their potential through classroom instruction, guidance, play, and creative activities.
The Child Development major is designed to provide a broad base of knowledge related to the physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of growth and development, as well as the care and guidance of children. It focuses on promoting understanding of the scientific study of children within the family, cultural, peer, school, and neighborhood contexts which influence their development.
The GCC Child Development programs (Infant/Toddler Teacher, Teacher - Preschool, Teacher - School-Age Care, Master Teacher, Site Supervisor) intend to prepare graduates for careers in various work settings, including public and private child care facilities, youth programs, preschool education, hospitals, before/after school care facilities for school age children, human service agencies, counseling, as well as early intervention and advocacy services. Child Development is an excellent undergraduate major for elementary teachers and school administrators. It can also serve as a great foundation for graduate study in social sciences and professional fields (e.g., psychology, medicine, nursing, education, public policy).
Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree should meet with an academic and/or transfer counselor to discuss transfer requirements.
Key Skills and Characteristics
- Extensive knowledge of developmental theories, teaching essentials and methods.
- Deep understanding and commitment to children’s educational and emotional needs.
- High energy, enthusiasm, kindness, patience, and creativity.
- Ability to motivate others and communicate effectively on multiple levels.
- Tendency to project confidence and inspire trust.
- Well organized, dependable, focused.
Related Career Titles
Nursery School/Day Care Director * Child Development Specialist * Preschool/Infant/Toddler Teacher * Child Behavior Education Specialist * Child Welfare Education Specialist * Child Placement Education Specialist * Family Welfare/Planning Specialist * Youth Program Administrator * Minority Groups and Race Relations Education Coordinator * Social Worker * Special Education Instructor * Child Psychologist * School/Guidance Counselor
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