Child Development - FAQ's

What skills do I need to succeed?

Students interested in child development should be detail-oriented, calm, business-minded, organized, flexible, dependable, creative, diplomatic, patient, responsible, energetic, enthusiastic, fair, firm, mature, pleasant, sensitive, strong, and stable.


What will I learn?

Students will learn to view the child as a whole (social, emotional, motor) as well as working with the family. They will also learn the professional use of language, how to professionally respond to situations and feedback; collaboration by keeping groups on task, maximizing individuals’ talents, distributing responsibilities evenly, and honoring the work of others in a group; thoughtful and responsive listening; lifelong learning; and active reflection.


What opportunities are there for internships or other hands-on learning experiences?

Each child development major interested in classroom work will participate in a hands-on capstone experience in a preschool classroom.

Student-designed internships to match career goals are also an option.


What are some possible entry-level careers with a degree in this field?

Early Intervention Paraprofessional, Childcare Provider, Family Advocate, Developmental Child Care Program Coordinator, Head Start Teacher, Family Service Worker, Juvenile Justice Worker, Parent Educator, Nanny, Specialized Assistant Teacher, Substitute Teacher, Teacher Assistant/Aide, Family Literacy Worker, Recreation Leader, Residential Care Staff


Want more information? Check out the Major Resources provided by the Career Development Center.


What are some CMU graduates with this degree doing?

One recent graduate is working in Kansas City at a bilingual preschool; another is working at KinderCare with infants; another is entering the juvenile justice field, and other recent graduates are preparing to enter graduate school in occupational or speech therapy.