What Are the Top Schools for a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development?

Learn about the three top schools for earning a bachelor's degree in child development. Find out about the national rankings, degree offerings and resources used to select these schools. Schools offering Child & Adolescent Development degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

#1 - Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

At Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, undergraduate students can earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Child Development or an interdisciplinary B.S. in Child Studies. The department also offers a 5-year combined bachelor's in child development and Master of Science in Nursing. Honors students studying child development can gain experience by participating with faculty in research studies. Vanderbilt University was ranked #17 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report as of 2014.

  • School Address: Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, Peabody #329, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203
  • School Phone Number: (615) 322-8141

#2 - University of Georgia in Athens

In 2014, University of Georgia was ranked #60 among national universities in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report. This university confers a B.S. in Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis in child life. This program is a joint program between the Department of Human Development and Family Science and the Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU).

Students spend the first three years of the program completing academic requirements and then spend the last year gaining experience through clinical work and courses at GHSU. Students at the University of Georgia have the opportunity to observe or work with children at the on-campus Child Development Lab at the McPhaul Center.

  • School Address: Department of Human Development and Family Science, University of Georgia, 123 Dawson Hall, Athens, GA 30602
  • School Phone Number: (706) 542-4831

#3 - Michigan State University in East Lansing

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University (MSU) offers a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development program that can be completed with a concentration in elementary education-teacher certification or preschool teaching. MSU also offers a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies that can be completed as a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science.

MSU's social sciences department manages several community inclusion projects and a child development clinic where students can gain hands-on experience working with children and families. This university was ranked #73 among national universities in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.

  • School Address: Department of Human Development and Family Studies Family, Michigan State University, 7 Human Ecology Building, East Lansing, MI 48824
  • School Phone Number: (517) 355-7680

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