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Career Opportunities in Child Studies

What can I do with a degree in Child Studies?

It is almost easier to explain what you cannot do with a degree in Child Studies!! Career opportunities in Child Studies include:

  • Preschool Teacher*
  • Agency Director/Manager
  • Head Start 
  • Family Services
  • Home Visiting Programs
  • Case Management   
  • Extended Day Programs 
  • Crisis Nurseries
  • YMCA 
  • Child Advocacy  
  • Youth Counselor  
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
  •  Big Brothers / Big Sisters 
  •  Extension Agent  
  •  Family Service Worker
  • Child Welfare  
  • Parenting Programs 
  • Other Community Agencies
  • Other Social Services
  • Child Life Specialist**

This degree is also a wonderful preparation for students desiring to study in practice-focused masters level programs that center on children and families (e.g. Social Work, Play Therapy, Counseling, and so on). 

This is not an exhaustive list of employment opportunities. There are MULTIPLE employment opportunities available to students with a degree in Child Studies.

*Graduates of the Child Studies degree cannot teach in public schools. Read more about this on the FAQ's  page, or speak with your advisor.

**Graduates of the Child Studies degree are prepared to enter a graduate program to become a Child Life Specialist. Graduate work is required in order to become a certified Child Life Specialist. The Child Studies program will provide the foundation for future graduate work.

Take a look at Thoughts from Students  to learn more about areas our graduates are employed!



"Coming to Western, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Then I came across the Child Studies major and I was sold!  I added the Family Home Visiting certificate to my major also. I am so glad I chose this path! Before graduating, I secured a position working with students who are in need of social skills and require a one on one approach to learning. It has been so rewarding!” Mallory Combs


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 Last Modified 5/7/21