Child Development

HDFS undergraduate option

Help children reach their full potential

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Work directly with children and their families

Support young children’s development in early childhood settings, and the family and caregiver programs that look after their well-being.

With the child development option, within the human development and family sciences major at Oregon State, you’ll help children reach their full potential.  

With the child development option, you’ll ...

  • Learn research-based strategies for supporting young children’s development in early childhood settings, as well as programs that support families and youth.
  • Learn about different stages of development, from infancy to adulthood.
  • Develop a strong foundation for a career in early childhood programs or classrooms.
  • Be prepared for graduate work in education, special education, human development and family sciences, psychology and other areas related to child development.

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Child development internship

All child development students complete an internship at the Oregon State University Child Development Center while earning college credit. Learn more

What will you do with the child development major option?

Careers related to child development are concerned with a child’s ability to grow up where their social, emotional and educational needs are met.

Once you graduate, you will be prepared to pursue careers in early childhood programs or classrooms. Or, you may opt for graduate work in education, special education, human development and family sciences, psychology and other areas related to child development.

 

Start with the child development option and become:

*These roles may require post-baccalaureate/graduate/professional education to qualify.

  • Preschool teacher
  • Child care coordinator
  • Home visitor
  • Family support worker
  • Head Start teacher
  • Elementary teacher—early grades*
  • Early interventionist*
  • Special educator*
  • Curriculum writer
  • Early childhood policy advocate

How to become a teacher

With a double degree in HDFS and Education, you can earn dual licensure at the pre-kindergarten and elementary school levels. You can choose one of these paths:  

  • Prekindergarten options
  • Licensure options, including Pre-K/Elementary, in Oregon
  • Early Childhood Special Education/Elementary Special Education Options

Be sure to meet with your advisor to discuss these options. 

Explore other human development and family sciences major options

Select an option that matches your interests and career goals, whether it’s working with children, the elderly or providing services for families and communities.