Child Development

Child Development

Students will gain practical experience working with children by first observing, then planning activities and finally culminating with a semester of student teaching in the MSU Child Development Laboratories (CDL's) which are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Child Development Laboratories are a multi-cultural experience for students and children and families represent over 20 countries. The Child Development Elementary Education degree program allows students to earn an Elementary Education teaching certificate through the number one ranked College of Education Teacher Preparation program or to complete the State of Michigan approved Preschool Teaching concentration.



Uncommon Pursuits.

Graduates in child development are recognized as having expertise working with young children who are typically developing or gaining the knowledge and skills for teaching infants and children with special needs.

Alumni work at:

  • Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Head Start
  • Great Start Readiness
  • Elementary and Pre-Schools
  • Child Development Centers
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Hospitals and health care agencies

Alumni work as:

  • Applied Behavior Analyst
  • Behavior Treatment Specialist
  • College Advisor
  • Family Support Worker
  • Research Assistant
  • Resident Advocate
  • Youth Care Worker

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