Available as major (B.S. degree)Our children are our future. When you work closely with young children, you enrich not only their lives, but also the lives of those who love them.
This major provides a holistic approach to child studies for those who want to work with children outside of the classroom. Learn how children’s bodies, emotions, social skills and intelligence develop. Plan and design activities for young children, including small-group and one-on-one activities that are age-appropriate and fun. Help them develop the skills they need to do well in their future education. Learn ways to keep children healthy with nutritious meals and snacks; good eating habits; personal hygiene; and times for rest. Help with early identification of emotional or developmental problems. Prepare to work closely with young children in many settings, including schools, businesses, private households, day care centers, camps, hospitals or adoption agencies.Develop effective ways to work with families by learning about parent-child relationships and parenting methods.At Olivet, you can:
If you are looking for a broader career emphasis, consider advocating for children and families in state, local and national arenas. Help develop public policy issues relating to children. Putting knowledge to workTeamwork is an important part of your education at Olivet. Team projects have included:
Our students have completed internships with a variety of local and national organizations, including: March of Dimes, Waolani Judd Nazarene School, Provena Child Care, Partners in Parenting, The Goddard School.CareersIf you enjoy working with and serving young children by:
then a child development degree may be just what you’re looking for! This degree prepares you to see employment in a variety of areas. Right now, employment in this field is growing. Possible careers include: Child life specialist, child care worker, case worker, developmental therapist, day care center directorChild Development is part of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences within the School of Professional Studies.
Prepare for a career mentoring children in any number of settings, including schools, businesses, private households, day care centers, camps, hospitals or adoption agencies.