Family and Consumer Sciences - Child Development (Bachelor of Science)

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The concentration in Child Development offers the academic background and field experience necessary to understand and work with children and their families. The curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for Child Development-related careers in a variety of employment settings. This concentration does not meet requirements for teacher certification. A specific background check is required prior to registering for any course that involves working with children.

Potential Careers

  • Public or Private Child Care Facility Director
  • Teacher -- Public or Private Child Care Facility
  • Teacher Assistant -- Public Kindergarten
  • Early Intervention Programs
  • Public Social Service Agencies Serving Families and Children (e.g. DHR)
  • Non-Profit Community /Social Service Agencies Serving Youth, Families and Children
  • Parent educator
  • Family Service Coordinator
  • Family Resource and Referral Specialist
  • Recreational Programs
  • Child and Family Advocacy
  • Director of Children's Programs in Museums, Zoos, Libraries, etc
  • Public Health
  • Community Centers
  • Cooperative Extension Service
  • Child Protective Services
  • Adoption Agency
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Child Life
  • After-school Program Director
  • Great foundation for graduate studies

Median Annual Salary

Child Care Facility Director $75,084
Child Care Teacher $35,838
Family Service Coordinator $35,191 
Child Advocate $37,722
*Median annual salaries are from


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