Child Development

Child Development Degree Emphasis

Child Development Undergraduate Degree Emphasis

The Early Childhood Development program prepares individuals to work with children ages birth through eight and their in a variety of programs within the community.


Core courses such as Lifespan Human Development, Interacting with Children, Developmental Planning:  Preschool and Kindergarten, Early Childhood Program Organization and Management, and Development of the Child:  Birth-8 help provide a solid foundation of knowledge for early childhood professionals. 

Students are able to tailor their program to fit their needs by selecting electives that helps to customize their program to match their professional goals.  All early childhood development students will select a minor that that meets their interests and career goals.  Suggested minors include but are not limited to:  EC Special Education, Sociology, Psychology, Recreation, Spanish, and Business Administration. 

Why Pitt State?

Students majoring in ECD will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities with young children through our NAEYC accredited Little Gorillas Preschool and other high quality early childhood programs in the community.

The Little Gorillas Preschool provides an onsite opportunity for observation of and interaction with preschool age children. Students participate with children as they implement curriculum and practice using communication and guidance skills learned in courses. Instructors in the labs provide supervision and feedback to the students as they work with the children.

Career Options

Graduates of the Pittsburg State ECD program will be equipped to secure a variety positions serving young children and their families.  A few examples include:

  • Teacher (infant/toddler, preschool, Head Start, Early Head Start)
  • Child Care Provider (in-home, center-based)
  • Parent Educator
  • Program Director 
  • Family & Provider Resources (advocate, extension agent, resource/referral, regulator)
  • Recreation Programs

Internship and research opportunities for Child Development majors

In addition to a student teaching experience, students have the possibility to complete an internship to further develop their area of expertise related to their specific professional goals. When appropriate, ECD majors complete an internship in place of a student teaching experience. This must be approved by the student's advisor to serve as a substitution.

Learn more about the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers baccalaureate degree programs. Emphases within the department include: Early Childhood Development, Fashion and Merchandising, FACS Education, and Community and Family Services.


Students take a selection of classes to complete Child Development emphasis.

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Students take a selection of classes to complete Child Development minor.

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