The child development specialization applies child development theory to the practice of working with children and families across a variety of contexts and professions. Graduates are well prepared with knowledge and skills for professional careers that involve work with children including in early childhood learning, child welfare, adoption, and family social service settings. Students will also be prepared to pursue graduate training in social work, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, family and child life, or other related fields.
Students wishing to declare a major in family and child life with a specialization in child development must be incoming freshman or have a cumulative CWU GPA of 2.8. Students who meet the gpa requirement will be admitted upon recommendation of a family and child life advisor.
Family and child life majors with a child development specialization must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher to remain in the major and must earn a C or higher in all courses used to satisfy the family and child life major.