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Online Programming in Children's Studies Degree

Eastern Washington University's online major in Children's Studies is one of the first in the nation.  A rapidly growing field in the United States, as well as abroad, there is no better proof that children's studies has come of age than the innovative bachelor of arts online program.

The Children's Studies perspective emphasizes holistic studies of children's lives and respect for children's experiences.

The Children's Studies major provides students with a strong background in the study of children (birth to adolescence) in a variety of social contexts.  Theory and practice from the disciplines of sociology, psychology, and education form the foundation for this integrated curriculum.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in addressing children's lives and experiences from a variety of disciplines;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of children's diversity;
  • Critically evaluate a variety of approaches in working with children and reflect on their own practices and interactions with children;
  • Design curricula that addresses children's individuality in different types of interactions and contexts;
  • Demonstrate effective practices in working with children and child service organizations, which include knowledge of content area, problem solving, use of technology, opportunity for choice, motivation, collaboration, and respect for diversity;
  • Communicate effectively with all constituencies, including children, parents, colleagues, and community members; and demonstrate professional leadership in the field.

What will I study?

Major-Core Courses Required (44-45 credits)
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (5)
CDST 301 Introduction to Children's Studies (2)
PSYC 305 Child and Adolescent Development (4) 
CDST 439 Examining Equity in Children's Programming (5) *counts in place of EDUC 325 for Online students only
GEOG 357 Geography of Childhood (3)
SOCI/WMST 370 Sociology of the Family (5)
CDST Core Elective (4-5)
SOCI/WMST483 Sociology of Children (5) 
CDST 492 Senior Portfolio (2)

AAST 320 African American Family (5)
*counts in place of PSYC 315 for Online students only
PSYC 324 Human Learning (4) 

Electives (Minimum of 9 credits)
Elective credit should be discussed with and approved by major advisor.  These electives should be chosen from subject areas that will compliment the student's intended career field.

Practicum/Internship course (4 credits) 
CDST495 Internship (4) 

Capstone (4 credits) 
CDST 490 Children's Studies Senior Capstone (4), ITGS 400 Interdisciplinary Senior Capstone (4)  or an approved Department Senior Capstone course


For more information, contact:

Maria Howes
Program Coordinator


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