Child Development and Family Studies

Bachelor's Degree Program

Advance your professional knowledge and open new career opportunities in the early childhood field. The child development and family studies degree at UAF is a flexible bachelor’s program designed to meet the educational needs of both rural and urban Alaskans. As part of the child development major, you’ll pursue specialized study in administration within the early childhood field, curriculum and teaching or family support. The child development and family studies program meets professional preparation standards developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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Why Study Child Development and Family Studies at UAF?

  • Earn your bachelor’s degree in child development and family studies from anywhere in Alaska through our flexible distance education program.

  • Transfer 21 credits from your associate degree in early childhood education (from a regionally accredited college or university) toward your child development major at UAF.

  • Take part in field experiences designed to help you develop professional skills working with different age groups and in diverse early childhood education settings.

  • Specialize your child development and family studies degree in administration, curriculum or family support.

Experiential learning in the child development and family studies program

The child development major includes interesting hands-on projects that will help you develop practical career skills. One example is developing curriculum plans that align with the interests and cultural values of children, families and communities in your region. As part of our action research course, you’ll also have the opportunity to develop an action plan to address a real-world need where you live and work.


Child Development Jobs

Our bachelor’s degree graduates work in early care and education programs, preschools, Head Start programs, social work agencies, family day care programs, and other early childhood settings. Many also go on to pursue graduate degrees in fields such as education, special needs, social work and school administration.




Get Started on Your Child Development and Family Studies Degree

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