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Child and Family Development

The major in Child and Family Development allows students to gain an understanding of the developmental needs and choices of individuals throughout the life span, seeking to improve their well-being through the creation and dissemination of knowledge. The major focuses on all age groups including prenatal, infancy, toddler, preschool, school age, adolescence, adults, and the elderly. The major prepares students to work in business and community services, teach preschool, and work in child, adolescent, aging and family care services. The Georgia Southern University Child Development Center houses observation areas and laboratory facilities for student hands-on learning.

General Information
College Behavioral and Social Sciences
GPA Requirement 2.0
Department Website School of Human Ecology
Degree(s) Offered Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development

  • Emphasis Areas: Child Development, Child Life, and Family Services
Possible Employment Settings
  • Cooperative Extension/4H Programs
  • Preschools
  • Rehab Organizations
  • Child Care Centers
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • YMCA/Youth Services
  • Dept. of Family & Children’s Services
  • Adoption Agencies


  • Adult Education
  • Hospitals
  • Mental Health Organizations
  • Non-Profit Agencies
  • Health & Wellness Agencies
  • Religious Organizations/Churches
  • Camps
  • Nursing Homes


Occupational Opportunities
  • Preschool or Child Care Teacher
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Community Services
  • Advocacy Organizations
  • Family Life Education
  • Social Services
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Family/Child Caseworker
  • Volunteer Service Coordinators
  • Child Care Administration


Professional and Student Organizations
Salary Information
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Last updated: 8/11/2020