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

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

Graduates of the Child Development program are equipped to work in preschools, camps, daycare centers, private 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

Develop professionals who can evaluate and respond to young children’s behavior, communication, and characteristics in the context of developmentally-appropriate expectations.

  • Graduates demonstrate familiarity with the milestones of physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive development children are expected to display from birth through age 8.
  • Graduates accurately assess whether or not individual children are progressing appropriately in their growth, behavior, communication, and interactions with others.
  • Graduates use appropriate measures in response to children’s development to maximize positive outcomes for them.

Develop professionals who use constructivist philosophy in preparing materials, environments, curricula, and activities to foster and enhance young children’s growth and development.

  • Graduates define constructivist philosophy in the context of learning, and the implications of constructivism for teachers of young children.
  • Graduates design organized lesson plans that include goals, materials, procedures, and assessments appropriate for the learners.
  • Graduates are familiar with a variety of curricula, methods, and materials that can be used effectively with young children.
  • Graduates skillfully manage the setup and implementation of environments and activities for young children.
  • Graduates are proactive in managing children’s behavior and use appropriate responses when necessary.
  • Graduates practice the skills associated with being an educator of young children by engaging in preparation, implementation, management, and assessment as an intern in an appropriate environment.

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.

  • Graduates are able to describe a variety of philosophies about early child development, and apply Christian principles when relevant.
  • Graduates are familiar with the historical figures and important events that shaped the establishment of schools and the education and spiritual development of children.
  • Graduates are familiar with significant laws that govern educational requirements, the credentials and behavior of educators and those who work with young children, and the operation of schools and facilities that serve children.
  • Graduates are able to describe the current trends and issues that are prominent and credible with regard to the care and education of young children.

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.

  • Graduates demonstrate professional dispositions appropriate for leaders of young children.
  • Graduates demonstrate qualities associated with being a caring mentor to the children and families they serve, using Christ as the role model.
  • Graduates display an attitude of ministry toward the children, families, peers, and supervisors with whom they interact.
  • Graduates communicate in oral and written contexts with professionalism.
  • Graduates use reflection to effectively self-assess their strengths and needs and respond to constructive criticism.
  • Graduates are positive, productive colleagues who contribute creatively to any team.

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.

  • Graduates demonstrate the belief that all children can learn, regardless of ability.
  • Graduates are able to describe and demonstrate appropriate responses while interacting with children and families who are from cultures that have different expectations and practices than the student’s.
  • Graduates are able to describe the healthy development of gender identity, and display an awareness of the appropriate responses to boys and girls when gender is a relevant factor.
  • Graduates are well-prepared to accommodate and serve children with special needs.
  • Graduates demonstrate a Christ-like attitude of ministry toward the children and families of all backgrounds whom they serve.

**Internship.

The Child Development program culminates with a combination of two practicum experiences. Students may complete the two experiences in one setting, or they may opt to complete each experience in a different setting. Each experience totals 90 hours (15 weeks x 6 hours per week). Students will be supervised, observed, and evaluated by a Point University professor and an on-site supervisor.

**ACSI Certification.

Upon completion of the Child Development degree, students are eligible to apply for an Early Education (Birth through PreK) Teacher Certificate from the Association of Christian Schools International.

A bachelor’s degree in Child Development also meets the minimum education requirement to be a Lead Teacher in a Georgia PreK classroom.

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