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Child Development


Have you dreamt of using your language or cultural experience to inspire, nurture, and teach young children? In an environment that feels like Familia™, you can study the latest research on early childhood development and learn how to apply this knowledge in working with culturally and linguistically diverse children. Gain firsthand experience through fieldwork and graduate ready for a meaningful, fulfilling career.

You can take this program on campus, online, or in a hybrid (online/on-campus) format, depending on your degree level and your concentration.

Associate of Arts in Child Development

This program is crafted to provide students with the necessary skills to critically analyze and assess theoretical and practical issues in the field, preparing you for a professional career in child development or to continue your education with our bachelor’s program.

Bachelor of Arts in Child Development

Our Bachelor of Arts in Child Development degree program is designed to provide you with current, representative perspectives in theory and research in the field. We focus on evidence-based practices that are culturally and linguistically relevant to children and families from diverse backgrounds.

Master of Arts in Early Childhood

NHU's Master of Arts in Early Childhood program prepares students to lead and advocate on behalf of young children (prenatal through age 8), using the latest research-based theories and practices. With a focus on multicultural and dual-language learners, you can develop the real-world skills required to improve student outcomes in today's increasingly diverse schools. Whether you choose to lead as a teacher, school leader, or public policymaker, the M.A. in Early Childhood program prepares you to make a positive impact on children's lives.

NHU's associate, bachelor’s, and master's degrees have been designed to reflect the competencies and guidelines established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The bachelor's degree program is also structured to meet the State of California Child Development Permit Matrix requirements for employment in preschools, child development centers, and after-school sites, while also providing a strong basis for graduate school.


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