Child Development

Child Development

Child development is a field dedicated to examining the mental and educational growth of children at various ages and stages of the growing up process. It is one of the most common fields of study for students looking to become teachers at the preschool or elementary levels, as well as for professionals affiliated with elementary schools. A childhood development degree centers on teaching the stages of childhood as well as developmentally appropriate practices that correspond with each of them.

The Child Development Degree

Students looking to enter the workforce as early childhood educators often choose to earn a child development degree. In addition to providing training in the field of education, a child development curriculum includes classes in psychology, social sciences, and communication—all subjects that will be important when dealing with young children. 

As students pursue their degree, most choose to focus on a specific concentration within the child development field. The child development degree is available at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, PhD, and EdD levels. 

Is a Child Development Degree Right for Me?

Since many childhood development majors enter the workforce as early childhood educators, it’s important to consider the qualities you’ll need to possess to teach children at a young age. One of the most important of those traits is a passion for teaching. As all teachers will tell you, there will be days when the only thing that keeps you going is that passion for the job. 

Any time a job requires working with children, you’ll need to have patience and creativity in spades. It’s important to have a broad set of communication skills as well since you’ll have to teach lessons to kids representing a wide array of personalities. In this job, you’ll also be frequently dealing with parents in person and on the phone so you have to be proficient in talking to both young children and adults.

Early childhood education jobs require superior organizational skills to design informative and entertaining lesson plans and carry them out every class day. Cultivating the right amount of flexibility and disciplinary levels will serve well in this sort of position, to both adapt to unforeseen circumstances in class as well as letting children know when they need to get back on track. 

Associate Level

Students attending community or junior college interested in entering the early childhood education field can pursue a child development associate degree. The associate degree curriculum provides an introduction to the field as well as the developmental stages of infants, toddlers, and school-aged children. Education will span the physical, emotional, behavioral, and language development of children at each level. 

Associate degree classes include: cognitive development, child development theories, behavior management, child safety, and exceptional children. An associate degree-granting program usually requires two years and graduates have the option of finding an entry-level job in the workplace or transferring to a 4-year college or university to continue their studies.

Child Development Degree Jobs at the Associate Level Include: Preschool Teacher, Head Start Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Special Education Paraprofessional, and Daycare Provider.

The average child development degree salary for jobs at the associate level ranges from $24,000 (Daycare Provider) to $28,000 (Preschool Teacher, Teaching Assistant) to $32,000 (Head Start Teacher).

Baccalaureate Level

The bachelor’s degree in child development focuses on studying the social and academic development at each stage of childhood from birth through age eight. In addition, students are provided training to help guide and encourage young children through each stage. The child development curriculum focuses on literacy and instruction with particular attention to areas of diversity and the child’s place in their family. 

Examples of classes at the baccalaureate level include: development assessment, child nutrition & health, psychosocial development in children, observation and assessment, young children with special needs, intervention for children with disabilities, and child abuse issues.

Many child development majors choose this field seeking a career in teaching. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, jobs in this field require students to pass a state examination leading to an early childhood education certificate. Requirements for the exam vary from state to state but all teachers at this level must possess a knowledge of language arts, reading, mathematics, social studies, and science. A student teaching assignment is usually a prerequisite to attain a job.

It’s also possible to earn an online child development degree at the bachelor’s level. All online programs feature a flexible schedule which makes them especially convenient for working students or those with families. Online classes feature multimedia lectures utilizing learning platforms like Moodle or Canvas and class message boards. If classes include an observation or field work requirement, accommodations can be made based on a student’s geographic location.

What Can You Do With a Child Development Degree at the Bachelor’s Level?

Examples of jobs you can get with a bachelor’s degree in child development include: Kindergarten Teacher, Elementary School Teacher, Preschool Director, Social Worker, Child Life Specialist, Parenting Educator, and Early Childhood Education Consultant.

The average salary for these positions ranges from $40,000 (Kindergarten Teacher, Child Life Specialist) to $47,000 (Elementary School Teacher, Preschool Director, Parenting Educator) to $57,000 (Social Worker).

Graduate Level

Students who wish to specialize in a particular subject area of this field can continue their education past the undergrad level and earn a master’s degree. The master’s in child development program enables students to choose an academic concentration such as adolescence, mental health, counseling, family services, or infancy and dedicate their research to this subject. 

Courses at the master’s degree level include: infant development, divorce & remarriage, literacy development, and child growth. Several master’s degree programs involve a student teaching component and most can be completed in two years. 

For students looking for a leadership role in the educational industry, child development degrees are also available at the PhD and EdD levels. The PhD in child development revolves around conducting original research in the field. PhD candidates hypothesize and test new theories on child development. Comparatively, EdD candidates work closely with education professionals on research directly related to teaching-related issues. PhD graduates gravitate toward careers in academia or social policy while EdD grads usually choose professions in educational or government leadership.

What Can You Do With a Child Development Degree at the Graduate Level?

Examples of jobs you can get with a graduate degree in child development include: Teacher Educator, Special Education Director, Curriculum Specialist, Behavioral Center Director, Principal, and Superintendent.

The average salary for these positions ranges from $69,000 (Curriculum Specialist) and $73,000 (Special Education Director) to $110,000 (Principal) and $160,000 (Superintendent).

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Central Michigan University

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Vanderbilt University

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University of Virginia-Main Campus

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The University of Texas at San Antonio

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Iowa State University

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University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is private, research university highly ranked in the National Universities list by U.S. News & World Report. It operates under the mission "Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better" and students can...

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Tufts University

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Appalachian State University

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East Carolina University

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University of Illinois at Chicago

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Missouri State University-Springfield

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College of Charleston

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Texas Tech University

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Eastern Michigan University

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Kansas State University

Founded in 1858 as Bluemont Central College, Kansas State University is a 4-year public institution in northeast Kansas. K-State hosts 11 colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 250 academic majors. In addition, the Kansas State...

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I'am definitely learning a lot as a first year student here. I'm just a freshman so my classes are not to challenging yet, but you still have to have a more sophisticated comprehension of material learnt then in high school.

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Western Michigan University

Established in 1903, Western Michigan University is a four-year public university in Kalamazoo. WMU is home to eight colleges and schools as well as Lee Honors College—the oldest honors college in the nation. Unique to Western, WMU Signature...

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I just finished my freshman year for a mechanical engineering degree. The course I took were pretty standard and nothing new, but looking forward, western offers some unique and exciting classes.

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Central Washington University

Originally founded in 1891 as the Washington State Normal School, Central Washington University is a 4-year public institution. Central Washington is home to six colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 135 academic majors as well...

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I have not been in a SINGLE class that I have not learned so much from! Every professor I have had make class fun, interesting, and extremely enjoyable! My grades have been higher than they have have here at CWU.

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North Carolina A & T State University

Founded in 1890, North Carolina A&T State University is a public Historically Black College and University and the state’s first land-grant university for people of color. N.C. A&T is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees...

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Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

Founded in 1910 as a teacher’s college, Bowling Green State University is a 4-year public research institution in northwest Ohio. Bowling Green State is home to eight colleges conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an honors college. In addition...

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I have learned a lot, but it has been tarnished by a few professors who are not as sympathetic to first year students' struggles while adjusting to college life/schoolwork/expectations.

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Brigham Young University-Idaho

Affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young University-Idaho is a 4-year institution in eastern Idaho and the state’s largest private university. BYU-Idaho is home to six colleges and schools conferring...

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At Brigham Young University- Idaho, you always have the opportunity to learn more. We have a system called the Learning Model and students are encouraged to implicate the the model daily in all applications on campus. I have learned much because of...

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Weber State University

Founded in 1889, Weber State University is a 4-year public school in northern Utah. Weber State awards undergraduate degrees and certificates in over 225 academic programs with a focus on integrating scholarship and community. For recreation, Weber...

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I love Weber State!!! The teachers are extremely caring and are willing to help you with anything in order to help you succeed. I was extremely worried about attending my first year of college, but from the moment I got there I have felt excited...

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Whittier College

Whittier College is a private, hispanic-serving institution is located in Whittier, CA, with a mission to "prepare students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society." The liberal arts curriculum framework is centered around the...

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Whittier is a small private school in the eclectic town of Whittier near Los Angeles, California. The classroom sizes are small, within the range of one teacher per 25 students. thus, there is a lot of one-on-one time with your professors. Also, this...

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Eastern Washington University

Situated on a 300-acre campus in Cheney, Eastern Washington University is a 4-year institution that’s been an accredited 4-year-degree-conferring entity long before it took its current name in 1977. Since opening its doors in 1882, EWU has grown to...

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Most definitely! I just finished my first quarter at Eastern, and my brain almost burst from all of the new information and concepts I learned. It feels great to learn so much.

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Bowie State University

Founded in 1865, Bowie State University is the oldest Historically Black College and University in Maryland and one of the ten oldest in the United States. Bowie State encompasses colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, Business, and Professional...

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Bowie State is a great HBCU, that offers a variety of majors to include all. Students and Staff are all genuinely promotive of your goals. I would definitely recommend this school to family and friends.

” – Breanna from Baltimore, MD
Texas Woman's University

Originally founded as the Girls Industrial College, Texas Woman's University is a school primarily for women in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and the largest such university in the United States. Although TWU is designed for women, the university...

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Every teacher will take the time to help their students if you let your presence be known to them. They will help you to reach your goals and better understand the course material. If you introduce yourself to them and show genuine interest in...

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Leiden University

Founded in 1575 by William, Prince of Orange, Leiden University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the Netherlands with two locations in Leiden and The Hague. A founding member of the League of European Research Universities, Leiden is...

University of La Verne

University of La Verne is a nonprofit private school committed to supporting students as they pursue their passions and prepare for a lifetime of success. Founded in 1891, the university offers a distinctive learning experience in more than 40 majors...

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La verne is a small school that has a great welcoming community. From the start you feel like you belong. Its fun and there are many ways to get involved and make the most out of your college experience.

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Houston Community College

Houston Community College is a 2-year community college system with 21 locations throughout the greater Houston area. HCC is home to eight academic fields of study conferring associate degrees and certificates and was created to give opportunities to...

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If you take you education seriously I feel that it does not matter where you go to school, although a prestigious university doesn't hurt, it is what you make of it. Being that many of the professors teach at near by universities they know how to...

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Indiana Tech

Indiana Tech, is a 4-year college located in Fort Wayne, IN, that was founded in 1930. Indiana Tech offers 58 career-focused degree programs through their seven academic divisions, as well as a Discovery Track for students who aren’t quite sure which...

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The professors get to know you and help you out a lot. Which you will most likely not find at a larger school.

” – Justin from Markleville, IN
Pima Community College

Pima Community College is one of the biggest multi-campus community colleges in the nation. PCC serves the Tucson metropolitan area of Arizona and operates six campuses and four education centers. It has an open admissions policy and offers non...

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How much you learn here is completely up to you. Your schedule is created by you; this makes it easy to find a way for college to fit your life, but also to allow yourself to slack. Pima Community College is not a huge step from high school but a...

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Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University is a 4-year public school in southwest Utah. SUU confers bachelor’s degrees in 101 academic majors and the university features a project-based curriculum that focuses on professional experience. Known as The University of the...

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The class sizes are fairly small therefore you get to really know your teachers. In the Upper Division classes you get to be acquainted with those of your major which can be helpful when you organize study groups.

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Originally founded in 1856 by Oregon pioneers, Western Oregon University is a 4-year public school and the oldest public institution in the state. Western Oregon grants bachelor’s degrees in 52 academic majors. To provide a break from campus, the...

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The classes at Western Oregon University are really good. You learn a lot in these small classes because you can ask questions and talk to the professors.

” – Melissa from Cornelius, OR
University of Central Missouri

Founded in 1871 as a teaching school, the University of Central Missouri is a 4-year public university with two campus locations. UCM confers bachelor’s degrees in over 150 academic programs. For students looking to spend part of their college tenure...

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it is a great place to live and to study. i have met lifelong friends here after only one semester. i could not imagine a better school for me.

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Meredith College

Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a private women’s college with approximately 2,000 students attending, making it one of the largest women’s colleges in the nation. Meredith offers more than 80 majors, minors, and academic programs...

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At Meredith College all of your professors will know your name and how well you are doing in their class. They continually strive to challenge and introduce students to new topics and conflicts that our generation faces and provide students with the...

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Charleston Southern University

Originally founded as Baptist College, Charleston Southern University is a Christian school in the greater Charleston area and the only Christian college in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region. CSU grants undergraduate degrees in over 50 academic...

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This school is fantastic if you are looking for a college with a small Christian atmosphere. Everybody knows everybody. The teachers are great. they know you by your name and personality not by your student id number.

” – Shelby from Charleston, SC
Merrimack College
North Andover, MA

Founded by the Order of St. Augustine, Merrimack College is a Catholic-affiliated institution in the greater Boston area. Merrimack is home to five schools conferring over 100 undergrad and graduate degrees. As a Catholic college, Merrimack...

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The Classes are great. The Professors are always there for you.

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Collin County Community College District

Collin College is a 2-year community college with campuses throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Collin confers associate degrees and certificates in over 100 academic fields of study and all students are required to complete a core curriculum...

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Not what I expected from a community college. The course load is rigorous enough to prepare for a transfer to a larger university, and the professors are very knowledgeable. I am very satisfied with this college.

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Blinn College

Founded in 1883, Blinn College is a 2-year community college with four campuses in southeast Texas. Blinn confers associate degrees and certificates in over 60 academic fields of study. For students looking to complete a 4-year degree, Blinn features...

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At Blinn College, I learned a great deal about the American government through my government class. I can now contribute to conversations about politics that I used to shy from.
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Formed by the merger of two junior college, Harding University is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in northern Arkansas. Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Harding confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 100 academic majors and minors. As...

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God's hand is very present here on campus. If you are looking for a place with legitimate people coming to know The Lord, Harding is the place for you. I would not be anywhere else.

” – Brittany from Olive Branch, MS
East Tennessee State University

Originally founded as a normal school, East Tennessee State University is a 4-year public university and part of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee. ETSU is home to 11 colleges and schools granting undergraduate degrees...

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I have learned a lot in the classes I have taken so far. I really learned a lot in my computer class and have enjoyed my teachers thus far. After taking sociology class, I decided to take more sociology in the future possibly making it a minor.

” – Morgan from Bluff City, TN
Point Loma Nazarene University

Founded by the Church of the Nazarene in 1902, Point Loma Nazarene University is a Christian liberal arts college in San Diego. PLU offers undergraduate degrees in over 60 fields of study and the university’s Office of Strengths and Vocation provides...

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The professors at Point Loma are very loving and are willing to work with students individually if they are struggling. It's very possible for them to do this because there are so few students at Point Loma when compared to other universities. Each...

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Mount Saint Mary's University

Mount Saint Mary’s University is a women's college located in Los Angeles, California. This Catholic, 4-year institution's campus is nestled high in the Santa Monica Mountains and offers more than 30 majors and concentrations. MSMU puts particular...

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I am learning so much , I am so far a nursing major and it is really awesome. Just Biology alone is very interesting where you learn so much about your body and you realize why things happen to you. The teachers are really good. The tutoring here is...

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Olivet Nazarene University

Founded in 1907, Olivet Nazarene University is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. Olivet Nazarene confers bachelor’s degrees in over 140 academic areas of study. As a Christian institution, ONU holds twice...

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Because I was an undeclared major my freshman year I took a lot of different classes. I learned a lot of things in all of them. All the teachers that I had were very good and really cared about their students.

” – Andy from Peoria, IL

Founded in 1871, Alcorn State University is a public Historically Black College and University in southwest Mississippi. The oldest historically black land-grant university in the United States, Alcorn State is home to five schools offering...

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Anybody who is pursuing an education at Alcorn State University will be in a positive learning environment:full of fun and a better understanding about careers all in one.

” – Imara from Sontag, MS
San Antonio College

San Antonio College is the oldest 2-year community college in Texas and part of the Alamo Colleges District. SAC offers professional certifications and associate degree programs. It is a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber...

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The teachers at San Antonio College are awesome, most teachers are very helpful and as long as you show that you want to learn they will help you and try to get you to understand as much as you can. Most teachers teach their subject very well and...

” – Lucianna from San Antonio, TX
University of Central Oklahoma

The University of Central Oklahoma is a 4-year public school in the Oklahoma City metro area and one of the oldest universities in the southwest United States. UCO oversees six colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in 121 areas of study and operates...

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The professors are passionate about the subjects they teach. This makes the classes interesting and help leaning become easy.

” – Angeline from Altus, OK
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Originally founded as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, the University of Alaska Fairbanks is a public school and flagship campus of the U of A System. The oldest institution of higher-learning in the state, UAF is home to nine...

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I am a current student at UAF studying Chemistry Forensics. While I have only taken my general requirement classes, I feel that a majority of the classes are very well planned out and teach new information. Some of the classes are easy to pass with...

” – Rianna from Fairbanks, AK
University of Houston-Downtown

Founded in 1974, the University of Houston-Downtown is a 4-year public school and a designated minority and Hispanic-serving institution. UHD is home to five colleges awarding undergraduate degrees in 44 fields of study. For students interested in...

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I'm learning a lot because of the great student to teacher ratios, the classes aren't as huge as the University of Houston's classes which allows you more one on one time with your professors, which will be really helpful when you need that letter of...

” – Marlyn from Katy, TX
Mills College

Mills College is a private, liberal arts college located in Oakland, California. The college’s undergraduate program is exclusively open to women, though its graduate program is open to students of all genders. Mills has a unique core curriculum...

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They have the best of teachers teaching over 1,000 courses.

” – Kimberly from Los Angeles, CA
Tyler Junior College

Founded in 1926, Tyler Junior College is a 2-year community college in east Texas and one of the largest community colleges in the state. TJC grants associate degrees and certificates in over 130 academic fields of study. For sports fans, TJC fields...

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TJC offers flexible and diverse learning opportunities. Through the dual-credit program, I began taking college level courses during high school. These included English, Economics,World History, Art Appreciation, Pre-Calculus, College Algebra and...

” – determined to finish
University of Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire (locals pronounce it gloss-tuh-sher) is an historic institution, dating back to 1834. The area offers the best of both city and country living. It’s as vibrant and innovative as it is historic and beautiful. We have world-famous...

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Brilliant. Large. Filled with academics.

” – Alexandra from Phoenix, AZ
Arkansas Tech University

Arkansas Tech University is a public institution based in the Arkansas River Valley. ATU also operates a satellite campus in the Ozarks that offers two-year associate degrees and certifications. Admissions to ATU are selective. A majority of students...

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Even though I've only been a student here for a few weeks, I'm already very impressed with the classwork and the professors in general!

” – Jacqueline from Alma, AR
Madonna University

Madonna University, located in Livonia, Michigan, is one of the nation’s largest Franciscan Catholic universities. The Detroit-area campus provides: career preparation, service learning, more than 100 rigorous and relevant majors in a student...

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Wow, a lot can be said about the learning that goes on at Madonna. The classes, for the most part, are small and you really can get that one-on-one attention with the professor in the middle of class. The only exception to that rule would probably be...

” – Alejandra from Lincoln Park, MI
Converse College

Founded in 1889, Converse College is a liberal arts institution with an all-female undergraduate program and coeducational graduate program. Most students choose to major in interior design, English, or psychology, and more than half double major...

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All the teachers and faculty that I came in contact with were extremely nice and of all the students, they could remember each and every students name, even mine and I was only visiting. I visited the library and it is a great facility, and the...

” – Christina from Aiken, SC
Langston University

Langston University is a public institution and historically black college. LU operates a main campus in Langston, Oklahoma as well as University Centers in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. It is a land-grant institution best known for its E de la Garza...

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Classes are small which provides you with one on one time with your professors which is great, because being a full time college student sometimes you may be busy during tutoring hours. So if you can talk to your professor and get help in class, you...

” – Shyla from Tulsa, OK
Amarillo College

Amarillo College is a two-year public institution based in Amarillo, Texas. The school has an open admissions policy and confers both professional certifications and associate degrees. AC is home to a STEM Research Center which houses several...

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When i first started out i knew nothing about going to college, but thanks to all the employees at Amarillo College I have learned so much about attending school.

” – Samantha from Amarillo, TX
Colby-Sawyer College

Founded in 1837 in the Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire, Colby-Sawyer College is a 4-year institution built on a liberal arts and sciences core curriculum. Conferring undergraduate degrees through the School of Arts and Sciences, the...

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You get out of it, what you put into it. it's one of those schools where you aren't competing for attention, so you can get a good education.

” – Devin from Cornish, NH
Claflin University

Claflin University is a private HBCU and independent institution based in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The school provides a career-oriented liberal arts education. It is a member of the United Negro College Fund and affiliated with the United...

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Claflin Univeristy is a wonderful HBCU. Claflin University has a good location. Also the students and faculty are very friendly.

” – Dae'quan from Cherry Hill, NJ
University of Houston-Clear Lake

The University of Houston-Clear Lake is a 4-year institution and a campus of the University of Houston system. UH Clear Lake is home to colleges of Human Sciences, Business, Education, and Science & Engineering conferring degrees in over 80 academic...

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An ideal university for focused students.

” – Mali
Navarro College

Navarro College is a community college based in Corsicana, Texas, with multiple branches around the state. The main campus is home to a two hundred seat planetarium and the Pearce Collections Museum, which houses several American Civil War artifacts...

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Coming out of High School into college you're guaranteed to learn something and everything I've learned so far has been interesting and will be much help to my future.

” – Rickey from Corsicana, TX
Gallaudet University

Founded in 1864 in Washington, DC, Gallaudet University is a private, international institution that focuses on education for the deaf and hard of hearing. All classes are taught in both English and American Sign Language. Many students choose to...

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The way the classes are set up, you won't miss anything that is said/signed in class.

” – Craigory from Cincinnati, OH

Tulsa Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of Oklahoma. Students attending classes at TCC can choose between the Metro campus, the Northeast campus, the Southeast campus, the West campus, the Owasso Community...

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This is a great 2 year college for working adults. I have been able to attend classes in the evenings, on the weekends and online that work with my schedule. The fast track classes make it possible to take a full 12 hours a semester while working...

” – Heather from Owasso, OK

Saint Paul College is a community and technical college with an open admissions policy. Qualifying students who have graduated from Minneapolis or St. Paul public schools may attend the college tuition-free through the Power of YOU program. Saint...

Henderson State University

Henderson State University is one of only 10 public schools in the state and has the alma mater “The School with a Heart.” Rated as having “selective” admissions, HSU offers the only bachelor’s degree in aviation in the state. The Reynolds...

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I have taken several classes, and almost every one of them I have learned a lot of new information from. There were only a couple classes that I didn't really retain much, because they seemed to be a review from the college prep classes from high...

” – Brittany from Malvern, AR
Wheelock College

Originally founded as Miss Wheelock’s Kindergarten Training School, Boston University Wheelock is a college of education affiliated with Boston University. BU Wheelock confers bachelor’s degrees in 10 educational fields of study. Additionally, BU...

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The classes are all really interesting and the professors know a lot and are great.

” – Nicholas from Waterford, ME

Butte College is a public, 2-year institution located in Oroville, California. Along with the main campus, which is a designated wildlife refuge, Butte also maintains three education centers in Chico and Orland. In 2011, Butte became the first...

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Butte College is extremely welcoming, The staff and professors are always willing to help you with making your community college experience the best.

” – Michelle from Chico, CA
Holy Names University

Founded in 1868 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Holy Names University is a 4-year Catholic school in Oakland. Holy Names grants undergraduate degrees in 15 academic programs. As a Catholic university, Holy Names celebrates mass on...

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My professors know me by name and they make sure to be available when needed.

” – Janisa from Los Angeles, CA

St. Bonaventure University is a small, private institution located in the rural town of Allegany, New York. It is associated with the Roman Catholic Church and provides a “values-based” curriculum. Journalism, accounting, and marketing are the most...

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I know one thing students hate are mandatory classes; but honestly these classes, at Bonaventure called CLARE courses, give you a wider range of knowledge. I'm learning things I wouldn't in my major and I find it really interesting. Granted some...

” – Heather from Penn Yan, NY

Schoolcraft College is a public 2-year community college in Livonia, Michigan. The school offers traditional courses for credit as well as Continuing Education and Professional Development classes. They use an open admissions policy and students can...

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All of the professors I have had are each different from the next. I have had new instructors and less experienced ones. A lot of my professors teach at another institution, have travelled a great deal, are from other countries or have worked in a...

” – Sarah from Livonia, MI

Fresno Pacific University is a private Christian institution based in Fresno, California. It is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Churches. All academic programs offered at FPU highlight the importance of ethics, character development, and...

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The student there seem to really love it, the campus is beautiful and the classes are small enough for one on one learning so you don't feel left behind. The school offers many various programs all with an underlying message of faith and God.

” – Kourinthia from Tulare, CA
Voorhees College

Voorhees College is a private, historically black institution located in Denmark, South Carolina. The school offers degree options that can be completed entirely in evening courses for students with scheduling limitations. Voorhees’ campus features...

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The classroom settings are very small so you can ask for help anytime. There are various opportunities to be taken advantage of. There are also many different programs on campus that help expand your cultural enrichment.

” – Karessa from Long Beach, CA
Bluffton University

Situated on the banks of Little Riley Creek, Bluffton University is a liberal arts college founded by the Mennonite Church in northwest Ohio. Bluffton offers undergraduate degrees in over 85 academic areas of study. As part of the university’s...

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Bluffton is the most friendly campus that I visited during my college search. Community is an important value and will make you feel at home. Bluffton is the right choice if you want a good home away from home.

” – Tessa from Middlebury, IN

South Plains College is a 2-year community college based in Levelland, Texas with satellite branches in Plainview and Lubbock. SPC awards professional and technical certifications as well as associate degrees. Popular fields of study include welding...

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Wow I can't tell you how much I learned at this school. To me it was hard work but I learned more than I ever did in all 4 yrs of high school in one semester

” – Alicia from Odonnell, TX
Bennington College

Bennington College is a progressive liberal arts college, the hub at which global opportunities converge, and a launching pad for careers of meaning. Our campus prepares leaders, intellectual change-makers, and artists by empowering them to shape...

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I recently had a tour at Bennington College and I also attended an information session. The impression I got was that Bennington College offers students an amazing education for several reasons:
1. Students learn what they want to learn: Students...

” – A high school senior from northern VT

Southwest Tennessee Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in the city of Memphis. Along with its main campus, the college maintains an additional seven campuses, sites, and centers throughout the southwest region. The school...

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I believe I can learn alot at this school. There's alot of hands-on trainning as well as small size classes that will benefit in personal assistance from instructors.

” – Natashia from Byhalia, MS

Founded in 1898, Miles College is a private liberal arts institution in the greater Birmingham area and an Historically Black College and University. A member of the United Negro College Fund, Miles confers undergraduate degrees in six academic...

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To be a private HBCU, the price is very reasonable.

” – Darielle from Vance, AL

Formed by the consolidation of Baker Business University and Muskegon College, Baker College is a career and vocational school with several campus locations throughout Michigan. Baker confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic majors and students...

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I am learning a lot at baker

” – Elizabeth from Flint, MI

McLennan Community College is a public institution located in Waco, Texas, near Cameron Park and the Bosque River. MCC has an open admissions policy and offers free tutoring, online or in-person at the Center for Academic Excellence. It also operates...

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The professors are very nice and helpful. Whenever you have a problem or a question they are very eager to help you out.

” – Mariah from Waco, TX
MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College is a public, 2-year institution established in Oceanside, California, with satellite facilities located in Cardiff and Carlsbad. MiraCosta offers over 60 fields of study within its six pathway programs, including a bachelor’s degree...

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Last week I was talking with the President of Miracosta, Mr. Rodriguez, he has a very interesting life story. Other then that he showed me that even though he was label in high school as mentally impaired, because of his lost of vision in one eye he...

” – Michael from Oceanside, CA
El Centro College

El Centro College is a public, 2-year institution established in Dallas, Texas. The college is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities. Students attending ECC have a wide variety of choices...

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I thought when someone started college, they would just be considered as a number, even in a community college. But at El Centro I've had the pleasure to know teachers that really do care for your success and help you get to where you need to be. I...

” – Melanie from Dallas, TX

Foothill College is a public, 2-year institution established in Los Altos Hills, California. Foothill’s 122-acre main campus is joined by a satellite learning center located in Sunnyvale, which features its own cafe, group study area, and a miniature...

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After going to De Anza College for a year and not enjoying myself at all, I decided to try Foothill College and it has been one of the greatest decisions I've made. Most of the teachers are professors and they are all very supportive, motivational...

” – Megan from Santa Clara, CA

Seminole State College is a public institution with four campuses in central Florida. Seminole State is comprised of four schools offering both bachelor’s and associate degrees in twelve academic departments. The college also offers the chance to...

Oklahoma Christian University is a private Christian liberal arts university founded in 1950 by members of the Churches of Christ. The 240-acre campus is on the north side of Oklahoma City and includes a 30,000 square foot Prince Engineering Center...

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The class size is small which provides individual help from teacher to student. The campus is always clean and easy get around on. The cafeteria serves wonderful food all day long.

” – Kara from Edmond, OK
Del Mar College
Corpus Christi, TX

Del Mar College is a 2-year community college located in Corpus Christi, Texas. DMC provides associate degrees and professional certifications. Many students choose to study nursing, welding, or police and criminal science. Del Mar College is a...

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It is a good college, the teachers are considerate and easy to work with, although they try to be very thorough they care and help, and the college works well with it's students, I have been Blessed to been able to go.

” – Joyce from Corpus Christi, TX
El Paso Community College

El Paso Community College is a 2-year community college based in El Paso, Texas. The school operates five campuses and offers courses throughout the El Paso and Hudspeth counties. EPCC has an open admissions policy and offers programs for...

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I learned a lot, both in the classes I took, and about what to expect with a college class.

” – Wyatt from Hesperia, CA
Cameron University

Established in 1908 in conjunction with Oklahoma’s statehood, Cameron University is a public, 4-year institution located in Lawton. CU offers over 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as over 50 minor fields of study. The college...

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The teachers have actual experience in the field that they are teaching which gives the students get real world examples.

” – Bronwen from Lawton, OK
Weatherford College

Weatherford College is a public, 2-year institution primarily located in Parker County, Texas. Along with WC’s main campus, the college maintains satellite campuses in Wise County, Mineral Wells, and Granbury. Students enrolling in courses at WC can...

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I recommend Weatherford College! I am from a small town of about 3,000 people and I was scared to go to college because I have never been in a big school. College just sounded big. I looked at many colleges and they were all so big. This college was...

” – Modely from Olney, TX

With a main campus on the banks of the Rio Grande, Laredo College is a 2-year community college serving three south Texas counties. LC’s academic offerings are divided into five instructional divisions including a South Campus extension site hosting...

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Many people believe that community colleges are a joke, but they really are not. Laredo Community College (LCC) taught me not only academically, but socially as well. I learned to build on different social, self, and academic skills that made me a...

” – Alexandra from Laredo, TX
Alverno College

Chartered in 1887 by the School Sisters of St. Francis, Alverno College is a Catholic women’s college in Milwaukee. Alverno confers bachelor’s degrees in 35 academic majors and 27 minors. In addition, Alverno eliminates letter grades and provides...

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They definitely challenge you & push you outside of your comfort zone! It may seem awkward at first, but I just finished my 1st semester here & I look back and realize how much I've grown already.

” – Ashleigh from Oak Creek, WI
Temple College

Temple College is a community college operating the main campus in Temple, Texas, and multiple branch locations throughout the state. Temple College is recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” Leader College, with a goal of degree completion for all...

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At first, I was a little insecure about going to a community college, but what I have discovered is that it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. It is a medium-sized, comfy community college with many fun and active people. They also transfer...

” – Julie from Taylor, TX
Saint Louis Community College

St. Louis Community College is a public, 2-year institution located primarily in Ferguson, Missouri. Along with its main campus, the school also maintains 11 satellite campuses and centers throughout the St. Louis area. STLCC offers a massive catalog...

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The physics department is excellent, there are a lot of opportunities for those who try hard. Professors reach out to students who are willing to learn. I feel that it is preparing me well for my next step in life.

” – Lizard from Saint Louis, MO