At Hope, this program prepares students for work in the fields of psychology, ministry or early childhood education. Christian ethics are integrated into each course, providing students with opportunities to consider the types of issues they will encounter as child development specialists, particularly in the increasingly diverse landscape of California. Graduates will be able to work in a variety of settings to apply their broad understanding of child growth, development and maturation processes. The B.A. in Social Science with a Concentration in Child Development program is 122 units.
As a student in the Child Development program, you have a number of opportunities to take your studies off campus. Each student engages in child research or completes a practicum that involves observation and discussion with an individual working in a related career. These experiences allow students to gain invaluable experience as clinicians and educators in training. In addition, we highly encourage you to take advantage of our study abroad programs, which will provide you with an opportunity to experience different world cultures.