Child Development & Education

BA in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Child Development & Education (CDE)

The Child Development & Education concentration weaves a cohesive understanding of child development (from birth through adolescence), family systems, and social contexts to prepare culturally competent caregivers and educators. Responsive childhood education influences the formation of the individual for life.

Students choosing the Child Development & Education concentration are most likely already in or planning to enter the field of childhood education. Antioch believes that childhood educators are among the most important in the educational spectrum. This degree provides students with an increased array of tools to bring to the all-important task of helping children develop to their fullest potential.

This concentration is ideal for people who seek careers in child development, education or advocacy, ranging from birth to the age of 18. The degree also increases the student’s marketability in a field with ever-increasing demands for trained professionals. Some students choose childhood education as a vocation; others as a stepping stone into K-12 education.


The curriculum for this major concentration allows students to dig deeply into the principles and practices of childhood education, to consider their role in advocacy, and to think broadly about global issues and cultural contexts. Students take courses in psychology plus courses specific to early childhood education, child and adolescent development, and other related disciplines within the liberal arts. A unique aspect of this concentration is that students are required to take separate Practica in which they observe and reflect on the delivery of different models of childhood education as they are presented to different age groups.

In addition to the BA degree requirements, students pursuing any concentration must complete a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 60-quarter units with at least 24 upper-division units completed at AUSB.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete several of the following courses (chosen in consultation with an Academic Advisor):

  • Child Development
  • Child Advocacy
  • Adolescent Development
  • Emerging Models of Early Childhood Education
  • Theories of Learning and Cognition
  • Language Acquisition & Development
  • Integrating Curriculum: Best Practices
  • Family Systems: Global Perspectives
  • Special Education: Response to Intervention
  • Child Psychology: The Effect of Trauma
  • Media & Technology
  • Peers & Community
  • Practicum I: Advocacy
  • Practicum II: Curriculum

Students may choose from the following related courses to complete their curriculum:

  • Human Rights
  • Positive Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Issues of Chemical Dependency
  • Group Dynamics
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Latino Community in American Society
  • Conflict Management