Child Development & Education

Fuel your passion for embarking on or continuing a career in child education at AUSB, where educators are valued and given the tools they need for success in the classroom and beyond.

Our approach to learning and teaching is reflective, experiential, and engaging, led by experienced faculty who demonstrate mastery in their professions. We combine academic instruction and hands-on experience to build important intellectual and professional tools centered around six core purposes – Critical Thinking, Diverse Perspectives, Social Justice, Applied Learning, Communication, and Self-Awareness – designed to graduate globally-aware citizens, socially-responsible leaders, and highly marketable graduates. Learn more

Curriculum Overview

At AUSB, we focus on child advocacy, cultural context, and global current affairs to prepare you for the diverse and complex issues that educators face every day. The concentration also takes your education to the next level with its distinctive practicum experience, which allows students to observe various age groups and educational models. Course subjects include psychology, child and adolescent development, early childhood education, and additional liberal arts disciplines.

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Career Opportunities

Just a handful of the broad possibilities:

  • Childhood Education
  • Teacher’s Assistant
  • Parent Educator
  • Child Care Worker
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Find your niche with positions that relate to child development, education, or advocacy, and work alongside trained professionals serving youth under the age of 18.

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Service Learning

AUSB has a relationship with over 100 community organizations that provide service learning opportunities for students. This requirement is met by completing 40 service hours with an approved non-profit agency.

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Job statistic iconBy 2021, California’s K-12 school enrollment is expected to double and reach over 6.3 million students. (California Department of Finance)

BA Child Development and Education

“Antioch’s core values, that are reinforced every term, are the most valuable intangible I am receiving. It is awesome to be able to develop holistically as a person and be supported in that process while I continue my education and reach for my career goals.”

– Sheri Kent
BA, Child Development & Education concentration

Graduate School Opportunities at AUSB

AUSB BA to Grad Ed iconAfter completing their degree, most graduates choose to go on to a teaching credential program and/or Masters in Education option. AUSB’s MEd with Teaching Credential program is the perfect opportunity to accomplish both, and the Early Decider Program for qualifying students provides a seamless transition to this next step.