Online Bachelor of Science in Child Development Degree

The University of La Verne’s online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Child Development provides students with the confidence, education, knowledge, and skills needed to succeed in childhood education or social service agencies. Courses may be completed entirely online, or in person at our La Verne and Santa Clarita campuses for additional flexibility. Students benefit from small classes sizes and personal attention from advisors and professors.

The Child Development major focuses on studies of the growth and development of children in relation to the family, school, and community. Multiple concentrations – including early childhood teaching, kinesiology, special education, theatre, and more – allow students to pursue an avenue of study suitable to their professional goals and academic interest.

The University of La Verne’s child development program is a leader in educating students in the dynamic integration of theory, research, and practice in early childhood education. Our program learning outcomes align with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards. Faculty and students are committed to the following core concepts as the basis of excellence in the field of child development:

  • caring relationships are the foundation of healthy human development;
  • lifelong learning is the cornerstone of excellence in teaching; and
  • celebrating diversity enriches and strengthens individuals, families, and communities.

Flexible Online Format

La Verne Online designed its BS in Child Development to fit your schedule, helping you gain the necessary skills to advance your career goals:

  • La Verne features asynchronously structured lectures that you can watch on your own time.
  • Projects and weekly assignments, as well as exams are proctored or monitored through Respondus.
  • Students can collaborate with each other through Blackboard.
  • Online students have access to the same support services as on-campus students through video conferencing, phone, and in-person meetings, including personalized academic advising, financial aid counseling, library resources, study abroad programs, the Academic Success Center, the Sara and Michael Abraham Center for Veteran Student Success, the Career Center, and other support programs.
  • If you want to connect with others face-to-face, you have the option to take courses in person at campuses that offer the program, including La Verne and Santa Clarita.
  • You may transfer credits from previously earned college coursework toward your degree and earn credits for on-the-job experience, certifications, training, military service, and certain test scores.


The child development major is designed as a complete four-year program at University of La Verne, but it also complements community college programs in Early Education. Most approved Curriculum Alignment Courses (CAP) from any California Community College, are accepted as equivalencies for the major.

Based on the number of credits transferred and the courses taken per semester, the online BS in Child Development may be completed in as few as 18 months.

Graduates with a 2.75 GPA or better meet initial admission criteria to apply for our teaching credential programs, while a 3.0 GPA or better will qualify you for our Master of Science in Child Development Program.


Online BS in Child Development students specialize in specific aspects of the major by selecting one of six distinct concentrations, including:

  • early childhood teaching;
  • kinesiology;
  • theatre;
  • criminology;
  • diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
  • special education.

Each concentration fulfills 12-14 semester units toward the program. Review the complete list of all core requirements and concentration courses.

Careers in Child Development

The Child Development major is ideal for candidates interested in teaching preschool through second grade, or working with infants or toddlers in other professional settings. Graduates of the program are also eligible for the Child Development Site Supervisor Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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