Love kids? Turn your passion into your profession. Learn to conduct research, design programs, and provide services that make a positive impact on the development of infants and young children.
About the Program
When you study child development at Mills, you’ll gain a deep understanding of growth and learning in children from birth to eight years of age. Rigorous course work will provide you with a strong foundation in theory, research methods, and issues faced by children and families from diverse backgrounds. Your professors will include experienced preschool teachers and accomplished researchers at our highly rated School of Education, where several laboratories engage both undergraduate and graduate students in conducting investigations.
If you major in child development, you’ll acquire extensive hands-on experience through a two-semester practicum at the Mills College Children’s School. You’ll put theory into practice as you develop, use, and assess early childhood curricula. To conclude your studies, you’ll carry out original research for a senior thesis. Throughout your practicum and thesis work, you’ll be closely mentored by professors dedicated to your success. View our program details for in-depth information on the child development major and minor.
When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to become a child development master teacher or receive a site supervisor permit for teaching in preschools and day care centers. You’ll also be ready for graduate school in education, social work, and related fields. With just one additional year of study at our School of Education, you can earn an accelerated master’s degree in education, early childhood, or early childhood special education.
Courses You Could Take
Introduction to Development & Learning in Young Children
Research Methodology for Observing Children
Child Language Acquisition
Social, Emotional & Moral Development & Learning
History & Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture & Education