Human Environmental Studies - Child Development
Child development students at Southeast study new ways of thinking about children. Research suggests that an essential factor in determining positive outcomes for a young child is the education of the person who cares for or teaches that child.
A background in child development prepares you for helping children reach their highest potential. Studying how children grow contributes to an understanding of how intellectual, language, social, emotional and motor behaviors change over time. Child development study examines individual differences among children, as well as familial, social and cultural developmental contexts. With all of these understandings, you can observe children, then thoughtfully describe, interpret, and take action based on what you have seen and what you know. And because you have a deeper understanding of children and their families, you can be a stronger professional, whatever your field.
You will receive “real world” experience through Southeast’s nationally accredited Center for Child Studies and the University Child Enrichment Center. Both centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Both provide education services to families and children between the ages of six weeks and six years. In addition, they provide you with observation and other research opportunities for your academic program.