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Child Development, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #55 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
The Child Development major is for students who wish to study children (infancy through adolescence) and the major contexts—family, cultural, peer, school, and neighborhood—in which they live. The 30-hour major is designed to provide a strong background in the social and behavioral sciences.
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Overview

The particular focus of the Child Development major is understanding the scientific study of the biological, cognitive, and social development of young humans. The major is excellent preparation for graduate study in selected social science and professional fields (e.g., psychology, medicine, nursing, education, and public policy) and offers an appropriate complementary (or second) major for undergraduate students simultaneously pursing a major in Cognitive Studies, Early Childhood or Elementary Education, Human and Organizational Development, or Special Education.

The curriculum is designed to ensure that students develop a background in the liberal arts and science and a clear understanding of the theories, major research findings, and research methods central to the field of Child Development. Additionally, students choose and develop an area of expertise in Child Development. Based on their interests, students select classes from the Liberal Education Core, composed of required and elective courses in Communication, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Science, and Social Science. A clear understanding of developmental theory and research central to the field is attained through the major core courses. These courses include an overview of Child Development, courses focused on particular aspects of human development (cognition; social and personality development), courses related to major epochs of child development (infancy and adolescence); and courses devoted to the major research methodologies in the field (experimental and psychometric). The major allows students to take a host of elective courses allowing individualization within the major.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Infancy
  • Cognitive Aspects of Human Development
  • Adolescent Development

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

You may apply using either the Common Application or the Universal College Application.

  • All required parts of either the Common Application or the Universal College Application.
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Standardized Test Results: SAT or ACT with Writing (SAT code: 1871 / ACT code: 4036)
  • Official results of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

We make three important commitments to U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens to ensure that students from many different economic circumstances can enroll at Vanderbilt:

  • First:  Since talent and promise recognize no social, cultural, economic, or geographic boundaries, our admissions process is need-blind for U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens. 
  • Second: Vanderbilt will meet 100% of a family’s demonstrated financial need. 
Third:  Financial aid awards do not include loans. Instead of offering need-based loans to undergraduate students, Vanderbilt offers additional grant assistance. This does not involve income bands or "cut-offs" that impact or limit eligibility.

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