Bachelor of Child Development

 

 

About the Child Development program

The Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development program at the University of New York in Prague is designed for students who wish to study children (infancy through adolescence) and their development in relation to the familial, cultural, peer, school, and neighbourhood contexts in which they live.

The program is designed to provide a strong background in the social and behavioural sciences related to child development, enabling students to apply theory and prior research to current research design in child development.

Reasons to study Child Development at UNYP

The Child Development program offers a solid foundation in the field and allows students to continue their studies or enter the working world as culturally-competent graduates with a wide range of applicable skills. The program is excellent preparation for graduate study in selected social science and professional fields (e.g., education, psychology, social services, child care) and can serve as a complementary (or second) program for undergraduate students simultaneously pursuing a program of study in education (early childhood, elementary) or special education. The curriculum is designed to ensure that students develop a background in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as a clear understanding of the theories, major research findings and research methods central to the field.

Primary objectives of the program:

The first objective of the child development program is for students to understand key theoretical foundations across all areas within the discipline.

The second objective is for students to connect child development literacy with a scientific inquiry for future research. This requires:

i) The knowledge of and ability to integrate and evaluate theoretical foundations in child development;

(ii) The ability to conduct empirical research in a particular problem or area through the use of different methodologies (i.e., qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods) and measurement tools;

iii) The ability to recognize the possibilities and limitations of empirical exploration and to be aware of the contextual constraints of space, time, resources, as well as culture; and

iv) The ability to use critical and evidence-based thinking regarding the application of theories.

The third objective is to apply critical thinking with logic in order to most effectively apply the subject-specific and research skills mentioned above.

The fourth objective is to acquire the ability to apply ethical principles in future professional practice.

The fifth objective is to acquire skills in written and verbal communication, information literacy and the correct use of databases. This objective also includes key skills for interacting with other professionals within the field and beyond.

UNYP has launched its own master’s program in psychology accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.  Therefore, students have the option to continue with their studies at UNYP on the graduate level, thus enhancing professional options greatly.

Graduate profile

Knowledge

Child Development graduates will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of:

  • Foundational principles of human development (across the entire human lifespan);
  • Critical research approaches to human development;
  • Basic principles of psychology (developmental, cognitive, behavioural, social/cultural);
  • Basic principles of learning and education (early childhood, elementary, secondary, exceptionalities);
  • Basic aspects of language development (sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics); and
  • Basic theories of attachment styles and family systems.

Professional skills

Child Development graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate scientific and statistical literacy for inquiries within the field;
  • Apply research skills in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods methodology;
  • Communicate professionally within the field (writing academic research papers, scientific reports, presentations, and professional correspondence);
  • Exhibit awareness of current trends across related fields of child development (e.g., education, special educations); and
  • Grasp ethical and moral issues related to child development in practice (education, school counselling, research).

General competences

Child Development graduates will be able to:

  • Create complex projects and presentations using professional and academic information technologies such as statistical software (SPSS and Jamovi), presentation software (PowerPoint, Prezi), and online libraries;
  • Express ideas in a coherent, logical, and convincing way in written, oral, and visual communications;
  • Learn from critiques of their work made by classmates and instructors;
  • Engage in innovative thinking and problem-solving (divergent and convergent thinking);
  • Work effectively both as an individual and as a member of a professional or academic team;
  • Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation;
  • Demonstrate values that build community at local, national, and global levels; and
  • Develop meaningful professional goals for life after graduation.

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  • American Degree Specifications

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) - upon students´ choice

    Area of Study: Human Development 

    Major/Concentration: Child Development

    For more information about our partnership with the State University of New York, Empire State College (SUNY, ESC) please visit the dedicated page for the University of New York in Prague.

  • Course Content

    The first two years of the study program are foundational and provide essential knowledge related to Child Development, including courses in cultural anthropology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, educational psychology, arts education, and multiculturalism.

    Upper-level classes focus more directly on child development while expanding to child counseling and research in the field.

    Examples of core courses:

    • History and Systems of Psychology
    • Introduction to Human Development
    • Psychology of Infancy and Childhood
    • Psychology of Adolescence and Adulthood
    • Development and Meaning of Play
    • Child Abuse and Neglect
    • Multicultural Study of Children and Families
    • Research Perspectives on Human Development

    Examples of elective courses:

    • Attachment and Family Systems
    • Children and the Arts
    • Music & the Mind
    • Motivation & Emotion
    • Comparative Psychology
    • Positive Psychology
    • Sports Psychology
    • Health Psychology
    • Investigative Psychology
  • Prospective Career Opportunities

    Education in Child Development can lead to many employment possibilities. For example:

    • Child Psychologist
    • School Counselor
    • Educational Leader (Policy Maker, Head Teacher, Principal of School)
    • Educator (Teacher, Curriculum Developer, Professor)
    • Researcher (Human Development, Education, Child Psychology)
    • Childcare Specialist (Consultant, Advisor)
    • Developer of Child and Family Centers
    • Community Organizer
    • Creator and Developer of Learning Centers

Do you have a question? Are you ready to apply?

Our admissions team is ready to answer your questions or help you with your application! Our team can also arrange a campus visit to meet our students and professors or sit in on a class.  If you would like the try the UNYP experience you can even be a UNYP student for a day.

 

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