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 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. PLNU offers a convenient format tailored to accommodate your work and life commitments — so you can earn your child development degree in as few as 15 months.
Convenience to Fit Your Life
Our curriculum is designed with busy, working adults in mind with two formats of study: hybrid (in-person classes one night a week), or entirely online. Whichever study option you prefer, your coursework is designed to be flexible to your needs and help you balance your other life commitments.
For those who prefer in-person learning, PLNU is partnered with community colleges across San Diego County, bringing professors directly to a campus near you two nights a week with the rest online. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about enrolling in new classes or adapting to a new schedule each semester. For the CDEV hybrid format, only the second 60 semester units of coursework are available through PLNU.
If you prefer the flexibility of online learning and the ability to set your own schedule, the online format is for you! Students applying for the online CDEV program can start the program with as little as zero college credits completed. In the online format, PLNU offers all general education, elective, and pre-requisite courses needed for completion of the CDEV program (courses are fully online). With entry points every eight weeks, you can start whenever you're ready!
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 (fully flexible).|
|Online — at your own pace|
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.
Receive Personal Mentorship and Career Support
Our online and hybrid learning formats have a strong face-to-face component through which you'll be known and cared for. PLNU has a reputation for being a community where lasting relationships form among faculty and students.
"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
Grow as a Whole Person
You want to help children develop and attain their full potential. As a Christian university, PLNU wants the same for you. We’ll help you pursue a meaningful career and a balanced life.