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Development

The child development major equips students to work with very young children (birth through 3rd grade) in a variety of settings, preparing activities and environments that foster children’s development physically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and cognitively.

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Child Development Associate Degree

The associate degree in child development provides students with foundational coursework in early child development, education, and sociocultural contexts. Career possibilities include supervising infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children in day care centers, community-based programs such as the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club, private Christian schools, and nonprofit early childhood education programs such as church preschools.

Program  Goals

Our child development classes prepare teachers to provide age-appropriate, Christ-centered care and nurturing to young children. Upon completion, students are eligible to apply for an Early Education Teacher Certificate from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

The child development associate degree builds on the mission and goals of Point University in order to attain Point’s general education competencies and accomplish the following program goals and student learning objectives:

Develop capable mentors of young children who are skilled observers of their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development.
Develop Christ-centered workers who serve young children and their families with competence and sensitivity.
Equip students to apply basic content, principles, and methodologies of the primary areas of knowledge, including the Humanities, Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics.
Equip students with a foundation in biblical theology and worldview issues.
Equip students with essential habits and skills for lifelong learning and success.

Courses Offered

Listed below are some of the courses offered through our child development associate degree program:
●      Introduction to Humanities
●      Child Development
●      The Family
●      Principles & Methods of Teaching

Potential Career Paths

Earning an associate degree in child development can open numerous doors for you after graduation with careers such as:
●      Day Care Employee
●      Community Worker
●      Preschool Worker
●      Child Advocacy

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Child Development Bachelor’s Degree

Graduates of the child development program are equipped to work in preschools, camps, daycare centers, private Christian schools, churches, nonprofit organizations, community organizations, and other settings that serve children and their families. Upon completion, students are eligible to apply for an Early Education Teacher Certificate (Birth through PreK) from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). A bachelor’s degree in child development meets the minimum education requirement to be a Lead Teacher in a PreK classroom.

Program Goals

The child development major builds on the mission and goals of Point University and the General Education Core in order to attain Point’s general education competencies and accomplish the following program goals and student learning objectives:

Develop professionals who can evaluate and respond to young children’s behavior, communication, and characteristics in the context of developmentally-appropriate expectations.
Develop professionals who use constructivist philosophy in preparing materials, environments, curricula, and activities to foster and enhance young children’s growth and development.
Develop professionals who are familiar with and able to apply knowledge about the key elements of history, philosophical models, laws, trends, and issues related to young children’s development and education.
Develop professionals who act as mentors and role models as they minister to children and their families, demonstrating a Christ-centered, service-focused attitude of collegiality, professionalism, reflection, and ethical behavior.
Develop professionals who are prepared to respond appropriately, lovingly, and non-judgmentally to the diverse needs, abilities, individual characteristics, and cultural practices of the young children and families they serve.

Courses Offered

Listed below are some of the courses offered through our child development major:

Professional Component (15 credits)

  • Educational Foundations
  • The Family
  • Child Development
  • Principles & Methods of Teaching
  • Educational Psychology

Potential Career Paths

Here are some of the potential careers that you can pursue with a degree in child development:

  • Child Advocate
  • Preschool Employee
  • Children’s Ministry Director
  • Georgia PreK Lead Teacher

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Online Learning

Point University offers the applied ministry program in fully-online format.  Online students engage in asynchronous learning through a course website that facilitates interaction with their instructor and classmates.

At Point University you’ll develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, all while learning to be an effective leader. Learning more about our online programs is easy, simply fill out the form above to request free information. Discover your place in the Point family today!