Are you fascinated by human development and relationships? Do you want to help children reach their full potential? If you have college credits but haven't fully earned your bachelor’s degree, PLNU’s child development degree completion program is designed for you. We’ll partner with you and together help make a meaningful difference for families of all types, including yours.
Completing your bachelor’s degree in child development (CDEV) at PLNU will give you a strong understanding of typical and atypical development and how to help meet the needs of children and families. You'll become the best possible champion for children by understanding the complex family and social systems that surround them.
Study CDEV in a purpose-driven hybrid format
PLNU offers a convenient hybrid format tailored to accommodate your work and life commitments — so you can earn your child development degree in as few as 15 months.
Convenient, familiar locations to continue your education
The quality of PLNU education without the hassle of long commutes. This program features one in-person evening class per week, with the rest of the classes online. Rather than feeling like you’re starting a new program, you can continue your education in the environment that’s most comfortable and convenient for you. For this child development program, PLNU has partnered with these community colleges to bring our quality education and mentorship to excellent locations across San Diego:
- Mission Valley Regional Center
- Cuyamaca College
- Mira Costa College
- South Western College
Learn to help children succeed on your terms
This program’s hybrid structure gives you the flexibility to learn when and where you want. You can complete coursework in the comfort of your home, favorite coffee shop, or local library while choosing a study schedule that works best for you. Having one in-person class per week will help you to build a routine that keeps you motivated without interrupting your weekly schedule.
Community and mentorship from industry professionals
A key advantage to having weekly in-person classes is the ability to enjoy PLNU’s tight-knit community in person. You’ll be able to form meaningful connections with fellow students as you learn and grow together in your expertise in child development. PLNU has a reputation for fostering strong relationships among faculty and students.
You’ll also have access to top-tier mentorship from professors and advisors. They’ll help you to leverage your strengths to expand your connections and career opportunities. You’ll be able to access resources tailored to you and your career goals.
Help other families while taking time for yours
Learning shouldn’t prevent you from doing what you love. Coursework is designed to be flexible to your needs and help you balance your other life commitments.
While completing this program, you’ll still be able to continue spending time with family, thriving at your full- or part-time workplace, or leisure time.
Transition seamlessly into CDEV
A counselor and coordinator will work with you through every step of your journey to complete your bachelor’s, from helping you transfer previously-earned credit to working alongside you with care and encouragement as you earn your degree. You won’t feel like you’re starting a brand-new program — rather, it will be a natural continuation of your previous education experience, especially if you’ve attended one of the community colleges we’ve partnered with.
For the hybrid program, the second 60 of the 120 units required to graduate are available at PLNU. Check out the fully online CDEV program if you still need to complete your general education, prerequisite or elective courses.
Which CDEV program is right for me?
You might be wondering whether the hybrid or fully online CDEV program is best for you. Here’s a quick overview to help you connect with your ideal learning environment:
Who is it for?
Those who enjoy in-person learning and cohorts.
|Busy working adults who prefer independence.|
|Fall, spring, and summer||Six start dates year-round|
|Face-to-face one night a week with online coursework.||100% online and asynchronous|
|Online — flexible|
Prepare for Your Dream Job
By covering the full cycle of development from birth through adolescence, PLNU’s degree completion program offers you career flexibility, as well as a deep understanding of children and families that isn’t limited to a single age group.
"With this degree, you will be uniquely prepared to meet the needs of children, adolescents, and families. You will be equipped with practical application skills to address needs in a wide variety of professional settings."
Susan Decristofaro Rogers, M.A.
Co-Chair, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Family Sciences