Childhood Pre-Education Major

Human Development

Engage in coursework, service learning, and field study that provides you with an in-depth understanding of children and their needs within and outside of the classroom. This major provides guidelines for course selection that will help students move toward becoming a licensed educator and contributing to the learning and growth of children.

75

YEARS PROVIDING PRESCHOOL TO LOCAL CHILDREN 

22

AVERAGE UPPER-LEVEL CLASS SIZE 

45

DEDICATED FACULTY MEMBERS

100%

OF OUR STUDENTS COMPLETE FIELDWORK 

Total Credit Hours: 120

Human Development Courses (36 hours)

Childhood Pre-Education Courses (18 hours)

General Education (up to 45 hours)

Free Electives (21 hours)

What You'll Study

120 credit hours for a bachelor of science degree, including Virginia Tech's Pathways or Curriculum for Liberal Education (CLE)

54 credits in Human Development for Childhood Pre-Education, including:

  • Infancy and Early Childhood
  • Middle Childhood and Adolescence
  • Curriculum in Early Childhood
  • Principles of Human Services
  • Issues in American Schooling
  • Educating Exceptional Learners
  • Field study work with a local educational facility

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What Is a Degree in Childhood Pre-Education?

The major provides in-depth, foundational knowledge on how children develop that prepares you to become an effective educator. Our students also have opportunities to put their knowledge of development and family life influence into practice within an educational setting. These experiences support graduates as they pursue licensure through a graduate program and contribute to the learning and growth of children.

Why Study Childhood Pre-Education Here?

Our faculty have expertise in child development and conduct research on various intersections between development and learning. The Department of Human Development and Family Science also sponsors a state-of-the-art childcare facility. The Child Development Center for Learning and Research provides you with a variety of learning opportunities through observation and practice. 

Beyond the Classroom

Our program includes a field study experience in an educational setting. You will get the chance to see first-hand what it is like to be an educator and learn the challenges and triumphs educators deal with every day.

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Learn With Us

We have four centers that serve as living laboratories where we train students in the human services professions, serve the community, and conduct research that improves people's lives and sets new standards for the care industry.

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Faculty Mentor

There are opportunities to perform top-notch research with our faculty, who have a reputation among their peers for designing complex research studies. Talk to a professor about designing your own research project or investigating a topic that interests you. You will work closely with a faculty mentor to plan a course of action, discuss your findings, and write a report. You can also assist a faculty member with their research project. 

 

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Careers and Further Study

 

What do I do with a childhood pre-education major?

The major prepares you to pursue graduate school and licensure. Our program guides you to complete requirements to continue your pathway to becoming a licensed educator.

Our students pursue graduate school and careers, such as:

  • Teachers
  • School counselors
  • Pre-School Administrators
  • Reading Specialists
  • Case managers
  • Behavioral counselors
  • Social workers
  • Youth advisors