Do you love children? Are you fascinated by human development and relationships? If you've always wanted to work with children or on their behalf, consider a degree in child and adolescent development.
During your journey to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development at PLNU, you will explore the ways children grow and form relationships on a physical, emotional, social, and intellectual scale. This program will prepare you to serve children, adolescents, and families in numerous vocations, such as education, counseling, ministry, social work, child care administration, and child advocacy in hospitals. You will come away with a strong understanding of family systems and child intervention programs, as well as typical and atypical biological, cognitive, and psychosocial development. You will also be coached and scaffolded by passionate professors who care deeply about the success of their students.
“I’ve benefited from discovering my gifts, strengths, and talents. There is a real servant mentality here, and I have relationships with people who honestly care about me as a whole person.”
Courtney Busick, Class of 2016
Child and Adolescent Development, B.A.
Each major program within the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Family Sciences strategically combines theory with practical application centered around professional preparedness. Your studies will introduce you to the concept of vocation and living out your calling through the integration and refinement of your passions and talents to meet the needs of others. You’ll work on developing an innovative professional portfolio and personal code of ethics, and articulating what you believe and how you want to serve. Other specialized learning opportunities include networking events, internships, practicums, and fieldwork in diverse settings. This combination of professional development and practical, experiential learning will equip you to confidently step into the changing world of tomorrow.
Child and adolescent development majors are involved with an interactive laboratory experience at the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) on campus that starts freshman year and continues through senior year. This classroom within a classroom provides you with practical skills as you interact with preschool children and learn from master’s level teachers about human growth and development. Through the ECLC, you will be able to participate in observations and demonstrations, and integrate what you are learning in class with real-life situations.
The Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Family Sciences also has opportunities to engage your passions outside the classroom. You can choose to participate in Phi Upsilon Omicron, and enhance your leadership skills through service events. Or you can sign up as a "buddy" for the Special Olympics and cheer on athletes in their quest for a medal.