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Beyond the Classroom

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom at Mills. Take a look at some of the opportunities you can have while studying child development.

Mills College Children’s School
The oldest laboratory school on the West Coast, the Mills College Children’s School provides high-quality educational programs for children from infancy through fifth grade. Here, every child development major gets on-the-job training for two semesters under the mentorship of professional staff. Students apply theories they’ve learned in class to their work, and many students also conduct research at the school under faculty supervision. In addition, the Children’s School offers work-study opportunities during the academic year and summer.

Laboratory Research

Child development students participate in interdisciplinary research in several laboratories supervised by Mills professors in the School of Education and the Psychology Department. Students coordinate subjects, conduct behavioral experiments, collect and analyze data, and present findings at educational institutions and national conferences. They may also perform research off campus and coauthor articles with faculty. The labs and their areas of investigation are:

  • Center for Play Research—Play across the lifespan, issues of equity and social justice related to play, and cross-cultural and global perspectives on play
  • Language Development Lab—Social and linguistic influences contributing to children's communicative development from six months through six years of age
  • Early Childhood and Family Research Lab—Development in children and families during the formative years of pregnancy through age five

Early Childhood Development Research Club
This diverse and lively group of students meets to discuss research, hear guest speakers, and explore careers relating to child development and developmental psychology. In addition, the club organizes toy drives, game nights, dinners, and other community events. Many club participants are members of the Language Development Lab or are preparing to join the lab.
What Can I Do with a Child Development Degree from Mills?

A degree in child development from Mills signifies that you have the knowledge, skills, experience, and cultural sensitivity to play a leading role in day care centers, preschools, and nonprofits serving young children and families in need. It also prepares you for advanced study in developmental psychology, education, human development, social work, and sociology. In recent years, graduates have used their Mills education to succeed in such positions as:  

Special Education Teacher
Castro Valley Unified School District

Assistant Director
Children's Creative Learning Centers

Executive Director
Dolores Huerta Foundation


Bilingual Teacher
San Leandro Unified School District

Coordinator of Early Childhood Programs
Stanislaus County Office of Education

Regional Recruiter
ChildCare Careers

Preschool Teacher
Crescent Park Child Development Center

Pediatric Occupational Therapist/Infant Developmental Specialist
Easter Seals Bay Area

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
Moraga School District

English Teacher
Shenzhen Education Department

Head Teacher
Temple Sinai Preschool