The Child Studies bachelor's degree program engages students in the study of youth populations within multiple related contexts, including family, community, culture, society and psychological development.
Lesley University’s undergraduate Child Studies major integrates multicultural perspectives throughout the course of study as students learn about the influence of class, race and ethnicity, gender, and culture on human development and family patterns. The Child Studies major provides a deep foundation in theoretical and practical Sociology and Psychology. Classes integrate supervised experiential learning with knowledge acquired in the classroom.
Lesley’s Child Studies major offers students a choice of three areas of concentration: Youth Studies, Early Intervention, and Teaching Infants and Toddlers.
The program provides you with a strong foundation in family and developmental studies that will prepare you for graduate studies and work in a broad range of professions.
This course focuses on human growth and development from conception through early adolescence. Emphasized are the characteristic stages of physical, language, cognitive, and social-emotional development considered from various theoretical perspectives. Also considered are the broad range of children's abilities and needs; the influence of family structures on personality and behavior; and common health problems, including substance abuse, as these impact development. Students must fulfill the certification-related competencies assigned to the course in order to receive a passing grade.
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