Bachelor of Arts in Child Development Online
For 30 years, The National Hispanic University has provided Hispanic students and others with access to quality higher education.
The National Hispanic University's B.A. in Child Development online program offers a flexible, interactive, collaborative learning environment for working professionals.
As early childhood programs and schools become more culturally and linguistically diverse, there is a growing need for confident, responsive professionals who can inspire and engage young learners. The Bachelor of Arts in Child Development online program can help you foster positive, welcoming environments that encourage children of diverse cultural backgrounds to thrive.
This bachelor’s degree program has been designed to reflect the competencies and guidelines established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It is also structured to meet the California Child Development Permit Matrix requirements for employment in preschools, child development centers, and after-school sites, while also providing a strong basis for graduate school preparation.
As a student in this program, you will:
- Gain a foundation in child development 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
Choose one of the following concentrations that are designed to prepare you with the insight, knowledge, and critical thinking 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 5 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.
You will complete 125 units of undergraduate credits in the B.A. in Child Development program, including 49 units of general education courses and 76 units of child development courses.
To learn more about which program is right for you, call 855-707-6687 to speak with an enrollment advisor today, or complete the form on this page.
*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.