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Child Development

Undergraduate Bachelor Programs

About the Program

The Mount’s experiential education means you’ll step out of the classroom and into real-world environments where you receive hands-on experience. This includes our state-funded child care center where students can measure their interest in working with children, as well as complete work-study and practicum requirements of the degree program.

A bachelor degree in Child Development also can serve as a foundation for an elementary or special education credential, or as preparation for graduate studies. Plus, when you take EDU 132, you will earn Meaningful Observation certificate of training and when you take EDU 134, you will earn Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) certificate of training — assessment tools widely used in the State of California for state-funded and Early Head Start/Head Start program hiring.

We also offer an associate of arts transfer program for those wishing to earn their bachelor degree in Child Development. This is a preferred pathway for pre-school teachers to further their career potential, thanks to the quality of the Mount’s program.

When you choose to earn a degree in Child Development from Mount Saint Mary’s University, you can count on small class sizes, educators with decades of experience in real-world child development settings, and a program that uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding young children as individuals and members of society. Our guiding belief is that the health of any society is reflected in the ways it cares for and treats its children.


After Graduation

Your bachelor degree in Child Development from Mount Saint Mary’s University prepares you for a wide variety of fulfilling careers. Here are a few opportunities that await you after graduation:

  • Child Social Services – join the ranks of social workers who pursue reports of abuse, investigate foster care, and work with at-risk families on a daily basis.
  • Hospital Child Life – provide solace and care for children as they face medical procedures and treatments in pediatric AIDS, oncology and emergency departments at child-focused medical facilities.
  • Child Care – become a key driver of early childhood education and oversight as a teacher, curriculum specialist, director or parent educator in the rapidly expanding child care field. From infant care to pre- and after-school programs, there are many opportunities in both private and government-based organizations.