Bachelor of Arts in Child Development
Whether you are in a classroom or a childcare setting, it is important to create positive environments where children from diverse developmental, cultural, linguistic, and educational backgrounds can thrive.
You can learn to facilitate and advance the learning, discovery, and growth of young learners, from birth to age 8, with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development. Advance your knowledge and understanding of child growth and development as you learn to design culturally responsive and inclusive learning environments and explore practices and strategies that promote positive learning experiences for all young children.
In this program, you will:
- Gain a foundation in child development skills that integrates current research and evidence-based learning.
- Develop learning strategies that are culturally and linguistically relevant and responsive to individual children and their families.
- Evaluate current advocacy and policy issues in child development and the impact of these issues on the lives of children and families.
- Interpret and implement child-centered assessment strategies to positively impact development and learning.
The Bachelor of Arts in Child Development program takes into consideration the standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). These standards are critical indicators of program quality, and their inclusion reflects The National Hispanic University’s (NHU) commitment to advancing the educational goals of our students.
Choose from three concentrations that are designed to prepare you with the insight, knowledge, and critical thinking skills necessary to create positive educational and developmental experiences for young learners.
Early Biliteracy Development Concentration
It is estimated that today, one in five school-age children live in households in which languages other than English are spoken.* Also, it is predicted that by 2050 the population of Latino children under the age of five will increase 146%.† Given the demographics of today and tomorrow’s young learners, the need for diverse, multicultural and bi-literal learning programs is more essential than ever.
Prepare to help satisfy the growing need for culturally and linguistically responsive teachers and care-givers with the Early Biliteracy Development concentration. This concentration focuses exclusively on language development in early childhood, preparing you to cultivate and facilitate engaging, learning experiences for children whose home language is different than that spoken in the classroom.
Early Intervention Concentration
Early intervention can be paramount to the healthy development of young children at risk. It is not only important in helping young learners discover how to build upon their strengths to reach their full potential, it is also essential in helping to develop a positive, healthy self-esteem.
Explore methods and strategies for supporting and nurturing the development of children with atypical learning development with the Early Intervention concentration. With a curriculum that focuses on the unique needs of children in multicultural environments, this concentration explores the roles that family, society, and culture can play in helping or hindering a child’s success. You will also learn to screen, identify, and assess young children’s development.
The Bachelor of Arts in Child Development program is offered both on campus and completely online.
To learn more about The National Hispanic University’s BA in Child Development programs, simply complete the form on this page or call 888.520.9718 to speak with an enrollment advisor today.
*NAEYC.org, “Responding to Linguistic and Cultural Diversity Recommendations for Effective Early Childhood Education,” on the Internet at www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/PSDIV98.PDF (viewed online Feb. 27, 2012). +Lopez, M., PhD, Center for Latino Child and Family Research. PowerPoint presentation to NCLR Latino Birth-to-Three Agenda Advisory Committee Meeting, April 22, 2005, on U.S. Census Bureau data.
*This scholarship can be combined with the Early Registration Waiver but not with any other tuition reduction, scholarship, or grant. Students are only eligible to receive one tuition reduction for their entire program and must be full time at NHU. This scholarship will be applied to the student's account in increments of up to $500 per term for 6 consecutive terms and will see first reduction on their bill three to four weeks after the start date.