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Child Development and Family Studies

administrative contact

Judy Martin
Learning Services and Human Development
phone: 304-293-6875
fax: 304-293-9424

program contact

Amy Root
Learning Sciences and Human Development
phone: 304-293-0380

Program Details

Program Description

The Child Development and Family Studies program provides students with a choice between two options of study—Preschool Education and Family and Youth Studies.

Career Profile

Individuals choosing a major in Child Development and Family Studies may select a professional focus from a wide variety of areas including child care specialist, early childhood teacher, developmental specialist, child life educator, parent educator, parent educator, extension specialist, and family life specialist. Field placements offer students an opportunity to apply classroom theory to actual situations.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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WVU is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.