As a student specializing in the Child Development track of the Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor's degree, you will go beyond the basics of child development in key sections of the degree to understand more deeply how and why children learn and develop the way they do. The program builds on your education and experience with young learners, adding new skills for leadership and instruction that prepare you to work in a variety of early childhood settings. You will also learn how to run a program, develop curriculum and lead other teachers, while maintaining best practices working with young learners from infancy through preschool. Graduates of the Child Development specialization will also gain skills for evaluating their impact on the growth and development of children while establishing leadership expertise in coaching and mentoring, communicating with families, and advocating for public policies that affect early childhood learners. Through a combination of case studies, virtual observations, peer-to-peer discussions and virtual role-playing, you will practice implementing child development theory, teaching practices and leadership that will set you apart in the field. You can complete this non-licensure Bachelor's degree-completion program in as few as 18 months.* And with our Flex Choice® option, you can combine traditional courses and self-directed assessments to save time and money while pursuing a degree on a schedule that fits your lifestyle.