Child Development Program

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Our Child Development program can be completed entirely online, or students can take the initial gen ed courses in person and transition into the online child development courses.

Why Child Development?

Early childhood teachers educate and care for children between the ages of birth and 5. The teachers integrate goals for learning into play and exploration. They prepare learning environments that are engaging and encourage play that will lead to social- emotional, cognitive, and physical development. They plan for and assess children’s learning. They build relationships with children’s families and act as advocates for young children.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career “preschool teaching” has a projected job growth of 25% nationally by the year 2020. West Virginia offers universal preschool to 4 year olds in the state with increasing educational requirements for teachers in collaborative and Head Start sites.

Why Child Development at WVU Parkersburg?

The child development program is available online.

It is designed as a career ladder with multiple entry and exit points. Students can earn a certificate degree and add to it to earn an associate’s degree without losing any credits. Likewise, they can add additional coursework to the associate degree to earn a bachelor degree without losing credits.

The child development program was designed to include courses required by the WV Department of Education for publicly funded collaborative and Head Start programs.

The program accepts transfer credits from the ACDS (Apprenticeship in Child Development Specialist) program, the WV Infant Toddler credential, and EDGE.


Programs Offered

Child Development – CAS pdf
Child Development – AAS pdf
Child Development – BAS pdf

Download the application for admission to the BAS in CDEV here: Application for Admission CDEV - BAS pdf

Online Program Physical Presence Requirements

This online program has the following face-to-face requirements (required for AAS and BAS levels only):

  • Proctored Major Field Test
  • Practicum
  • Field Experience

WVU at Parkersburg is authorized to offer this online program to students residing in the following states.  If your home state is not listed, please contact ude.puvwnull@enilno to inquire about enrolling:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming.

Need Help With Online Learning?

Research has shown a strong interest among students to learn more about early childhood education degree and career options. In turn, the Center for Online Education has published a Guide to an Online Degree in Early Childhood Education to help students connect to opportunities in this industry.

This guide answers the important questions for students considering degrees in this field:

  • What level of degree do I need to be a successful teacher?
  • What jobs are available with an early childhood education degree?
  • How do I find the best program for my budget and time?


Potential careers in child development include assistant or lead teacher in child care, child care center director or owner, Head Start teacher, resource and referral, and extension educator.

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