April 21, 2019  

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USM Online Child Development Program Earns Lofty National Ranking

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s online child development undergraduate degree program has received a No. 4 national ranking from noted education resource guide BestValueSchools.com.

BestValueSchools.com ranked the Top-20 online programs nationwide for affordability in its 2018 list. For this ranking, BestValueSchools focused on public and private (non-profit) colleges and universities that offer adolescent and early childhood development degrees online. Because the focus of the list is affordability, only programs with average tuition rates of $25,000/year or less. For public schools, the site calculated the average value of their in-state and out-of-state rates.

USM offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Studies. Although the program offers two separate areas of emphases (Child Development and Family Relations), both tracks include a solid core of classes in child and adolescent behavior, developmental disabilities, family relationships, children and technology, and more.

However, applicants interested in earning an affordable early childhood development degree online may prefer the Child Development track, which focuses on education and literacy and includes a practicum component. The Family Relations track puts greater emphasis on topics like public health and psychology.

“The education received in the online program is the same high quality you receive face-to-face, with the same courses, instructors, and student support that’s offered to face-to-face students. You’ll even have many courses with students who are taking classes locally on one of our campuses,” said Dr. Lindsay E. Wright, assistant professor and undergraduate online program coordinator.  

USM is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Additionally, the department is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

A degree in child development can lead to a variety of careers -- such preschool teachers, daycare service providers, tutors, and social workers. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Childhood Development, Family Studies, Early Childhood Education, or a related field can work in the aforementioned jobs and more.

Degrees focused on childhood development are often interdisciplinary in nature and combine various aspects of education, psychology, communication, and social science. The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that the need for preschool and childcare center directors will grow by 11% by 2026.

To learn more about USM’s Child Development program, call 601.266.4679 or visit: https://www.usm.edu/family-studies-child-development

The University of Southern Mississippi offers 14 undergraduate degrees and 27 graduate programs fully online. To learn more about the online programs at USM, visit https://online.usm.edu/