Appalachian State University

Cratis D. Williams Graduate School

Child Development: Birth-Kindergarten


John E. Thomas Student Services Building

P.O. Box 32068

Boone, NC 28608

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. - Child Development:Birth to Kindergarten

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Advanced Birth-through-Kindergarten license provides an advanced, integrative program for teachers and other professionals working with young children with typical and atypical developmental characteristics. The program systematically incorporates focused laboratory and community-based field experiences with young children and their families to meet the following goals: Demonstrate advanced knowledge of research and theories regarding typical and atypical growth and development of children from birth through 5. Demonstrate advanced skill in application of research to the design and adaptation of appropriate, inclusive learning environments for young children. Demonstrate advanced skill in designing, adapting, and evaluating curriculum to promote integration of young children with varying levels of development and ability. Develop cultural competence and skill in working with families, based on knowledge of family systems and dynamics. Direct personal and professional growth as a reflective practitioner. Develop advanced skills in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data, and applying findings to program evaluation and long-range planning. Demonstrate skill in transdisciplinary collaboration and professional leadership. For information about off campus locations see our website.


Appalachian State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional accreditation agency. Our Family and Consumer Sciences program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation, and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. In addition, our teacher education programs share in institutional accreditation by NCATE, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 39

In State Tuition (per year): 6557 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 18369 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Distant Town

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