A Growing Need for Child and Family Studies Graduates
Early childhood development and early childhood education are challenging and rewarding fields. The Bachelors of Science in Child and Family Studies with a concentration in child development prepares graduates to teach or administer in private early childhood programs. With an increase in both dual income families and single parent households, there will be a greater need for care of children under the age of six. The demand for professionals with these backgrounds has grown steadily in recent years, and is expected to continue to increase through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics*.
As the profession grows, qualifications for employees are also increasing. Currently employed professionals with early childhood credential or associate degrees are required to complete a bachelor’s degree – especially those in Head Start programs. A bachelor’s degree is also required by state licensing and regulation entities for those looking to move into administrative roles within early childhood education. Salary increases may also be possible for those with additional education.
One option for those interested in child development careers is to begin by earning the Child Development Associate certification (CDA) and continue with a bachelor’s degree. Individuals interested in CDA classes should consider taking them with an accredited university where they will count as CDA certification hours, as well as college credit hours.
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