The Child Development Major is designed for students planning careers in early childhood education in public or private schools, and/or social service agencies. It focuses on studies of the growth and development of children in relation to the family, school, and community. The Child Development Major is designed as a complete four-year program at La Verne, but it also complements community college programs in Early Childhood Education. Community college students are encouraged to apply, as their coursework is fully transferable to La Verne’s program. The degree requires a minimum of 52 semester hours in the major of which at least 24 must be at the upper-division level. Progression through the program requires assessment; advisors review assessment requirements with students when they enter the program.