Program Overview

The Children's Studies curriculum emphasizes holistic studies of children's lives and empathy and understanding of their experiences. The major provides students a solid foundation 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 are the basis for this interdisciplinary curriculum.

By Sept. 20, 2013, the Secretary of Education shall ensure that at least 50 percent of Head Start teachers nationwide must have a baccalaureate or advanced degree in early childhood education or a baccalaureate or advanced degree in any subject, and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education with experience teaching preschool-age children.

Students can learn from anywhere, but the children’s studies curriculum boasts breadth and depth, offering students the benefit of perspectives from many disciplines. There are also research opportunities with practitioners in the field, internships, and career counseling available to all students.

It is the goal of the program that students be able to demonstrate knowledge in addressing children’s lives and experiences from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The progam faculty strives to help students cultivate an understanding of children’s diversity of experience, personality, and educational needs. Students are challenged to critically evaluate a variety of approaches in working with children and to reflect on their own practices and interactions.

The result will be the ability to design curricula that addresses children’s individuality in various interactions and contexts. Students are expected to demonstrate effective practices in working with children and child service organizations, which include knowledge of content areas, problem solving, use of technology, and respect for diversity.

It is the program’s objective that students be able to communicate effectively with all stakeholders, including children, parents, colleagues, and community members. EWU strives to create professional leaders in the field, and students can pursue a variety of career paths with their educations.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


    A high school diploma or GED is required.

    School Overview

    Eastern Washington University is a public, four-year institution of higher learning located in Cheney, Washington. Founded in 1882 by the funds received from a man named Benjamin Pierce Cheney, the school began as a small institution known as the Benjamin P. Cheney Academy. Originally started as a teacher training school, the academy expanded to include programs outside of the education field after WWII and became a university in the late 1970s. Today, the university offers programs in many areas throughout Washington including Vancouver, Seattle, Spokane, Lakewood, Everett, Yakima, Kirkland and Bellevue.

    Eastern Washington University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level. The most popular undergraduate areas of study include psychology, health sciences, education and business. EWU's Extended Campus serves students, working professionals, and the community with online degree programs designed to meet individual needs.


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