program overview

B.S. in Child Development

Students who major in Child Development build a strong foundation of knowledge their first two years in child development, psychology, and sociology. Advanced courses then deepen their understanding of children's development and the broader family, social, and cultural experiences that shape a child's development.

Child Development Majors also pursue courses in specific areas of interest, such as Children at Risk, Domestic Violence, Human Interaction, and Abnormal Psychology.

See specific requirements and offerings in the College Catalog.

(Note: The 2013-2014 College Catalog will be revised accordingly: "The State of New Hampshire Board of Education requires prospective teachers to pass exams for certification. The precertification exams differ for each state. The requirements for teacher certification may change at any time if the State of New Hampshire sets new standards or requirements. Up-to-date information on New Hampshire teacher testing requirements can be found at New Hampshire Test Requirements.")

Early Childhood Education Certification

Colby-Sawyer College is among the approved professional educator preparation programs in New Hampshire. Students seeking New Hampshire Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education (N-3) complete the degree requirements for the B.S. in Child Development, complete additional coursework and supervised clinical experiences in education, and satisfy State teacher education certification requirements. Up-to-date information on New Hampshire teacher testing requirements can be found at New Hampshire Test Requirements.

Minor in Child Development

The minor in Child Development can be combined with any baccalaureate degree and includes courses from Psychology, Sociology and Child Development.

Minor in Education

The Education minor allows all Colby-Sawyer students to explore the field of education through a combination of coursework and fieldwork. This minor provides students with a broad background of knowledge in education, psychology, and sociology, all areas which intersect in school environments. Note: Students who complete this minor are not eligible for New Hampshire Teacher Certification.

Capstone Project

Every senior completes a Capstone project, a culmination of work in their fields of study that allows them to demonstrate a deep understanding of a body of knowledge and perspectives informed by that knowledge. Students display and discuss their Capstone projects with the college community and area residents during the Susan Colby Colgate Scholars Symposium each spring.

Child Development & Education Majors Club

The Child Development Club is involved in numerous service projects, including two clothing drives per year to benefit area organizations.