2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    Nov 28, 2021  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Program - BS in Child Development

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This program is no longer accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.



The General Program provides students with a foundation in child development and educational theory. Coursework examines children’s key developmental milestones from birth through adolescence, exploring their physical, social-emotional, and cognitive/language development. Students learn how to create environments that promote healthy development. This concentration allows for a larger number of transferable credits than more specialized programs permit, helping students earn their degree at an accelerated pace.*

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.

Degree Requirements

  • 180 total quarter credits
  • General education courses (46 cr.)
  • Core courses (55 cr.)
  • Elective courses (72 cr.)
  • Capstone course (7 cr.)
  • ePortfolio

Concentration Curriculum

Child Development Upper-Elective Courses (10 cr.)

Choose two Child Development courses as upper-level electives (10 cr.).

Electives (72 cr.)

Choose five courses from general education, BS in Child Development, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 25 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. 

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.