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.
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
Great Start Readiness
Elementary and Pre-Schools
Child Development Centers
Hospitals and health care agencies
Alumni work as:
Applied Behavior Analyst
Behavior Treatment Specialist
Family Support Worker
Youth Care Worker
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