About Child Development

At its core, our Child Development minor prepares students to appropriately educate and directly care for children. With coursework exploring psychological processes, cultural diversity, the arts, child guidance, and atypical development, this interdisciplinary minor is an excellent supplement to a wide variety of majors.


Interested students can construct an interdisciplinary Child Development major.

Reading to Dogs

Psychology professors led student research into the advantages for children with developmental issues reading to trained dogs.


Those going into Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, or Physical Therapy often combine a Child Development minor with a major in Kinesiology or Psychology in order to prepare for their professional career.

Program Requirements

24 hours for interdisciplinary minor; self-designed area major available on request

The minor requires 9-15 hours in psychology, with the remaining hours selected from sociology, education, history, communication, kinesiology, art, music, and theatre.

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Potential Careers

"The knowledge I gained in my Child Development courses at GC provided me with a strong foundation that I have continued to build on in my pursuit of a career in Speech and Language Pathology."

 - Katy Ward

"My GC child development courses allowed me to have a base of knowledge in my occupational therapy and autism program courses for my future career with pediatric patients"

 - Lindsay Pelfrey, Class of 2016

Child Development Contact

Want to know more about this academic program? Contact the department chair for more information.

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