Some characteristics of effective professionals in the field of child and social development include communication skills, empathy, resourcefulness, patience and organizational skills.
Dr. Karen Dennis

Dr. Karen Dennis
Associate Professor of Education,
Program Coordinator, Child and Social Development (Non-certification)

Bachelor of Science in Child & Social Development (Non-Certification)

The Bachelor of Science in Child and Social Development was designed to meet the growing need for Pre-K programs in private, religious and federal sites. The State of Alabama’s First Class Pre-K Program (or Office of School Readiness) will be opening new Pre-K sites.  Therefore, college students are being urged to consider this career field. Federal Head Start programs now require lead teachers to have an earned bachelor’s degree, and the Child and Social Development major meets this requirement. The major also prepares graduates for careers in civic, social or religious organizations; hospitals or non-profit organizations; or family and community services. 

The program is open to any qualified applicant.  A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 will be required for all courses counted toward the major with no grade less than a “C” in the major.

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 - Small 13:1 student-faculty ratio means small classes and individual attention from School of Education faculty
- Practicum experiences in classrooms start in your sophomore year
- Faculty mentors have extensive classroom experience


Childcare Provider
Director of Childcare Facility
Childcare Center Director
Daycare Owner
Karen Dennis Faculty Q&A
“The Child and Social Development major focuses on understanding and implementing developmentally appropriate practices when planning for instruction and assessment of young children from pre-K through eight years old.  Many individuals who earn this degree often seek positions as directors of childcare facilities.  Others use this degree to transition into an alternative master’s program to obtain certification in Early Childhood Education.”

Karen Dennis, EdD
Program Coordinator, Child & Social Development
Associate Professor of Education

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