Child Development/Early Childhood Education prepares students for a personally satisfying career working with children and their families. Students learn to work effectively with diverse children, helping them learn and grow, while also learning that giving back to the community is highly rewarding
Career opportunities for Child Development - Early Childhood Education majors include working in Preschools, Head Start Programs, Child Care Centers, Nonprofit Organizations as a Child Specialist, Youth Care, Foster Care, Child Support Enforcement and Youth Agencies.
Our program is unique because students are engaged in at least two practicum/student teaching experiences with children and can also participate in two nationally recognized professional organizations, The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and can attend local, state, and national meetings. We provide strong advising which helps students with their academic program and potential careers, and it is the only program in the state accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). Child Development at UNL is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
- American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
- Family Science Organization
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
The Ruth Staples Child Development Laboratory is a high quality children's program where college students train to be teachers and scholars and where they can learn more about young children through research. Our nationally accredited program offers full-day childcare services for children eighteen months through five years. As a teacher training facility, university students take an active role in the classrooms by planning, implementing, and evaluating activities with the children under the supervision of our outstanding faculty.