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12,806 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
A bachelor's degree in child development is offered at 548 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 38% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.7% of child development graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Child development Majors

In 2018-2019, 12,806 bachelor's degrees were awarded to child development majors. This makes it the 2nd most popular bachelor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in child development at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 12,806
Associate’s Degree 7,234
Basic Certificate 5,329
Master’s Degree 3,466
Undergraduate Certificate 1,990
Graduate Certificate 215
Doctor’s Degree 16

Earnings of Child development Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

We are unable to calculate the median earnings for child development majors with their bachelor's degree due to lack of data.

Student Debt

The data on debt ranges for child development majors who have their bachelor's degree is not available.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in child development. About 96.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 477
Women 12,329
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Child development

The racial-ethnic distribution of child development bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 611
Black or African American 1,196
Hispanic or Latino 2,655
White 7,200
International Students 223
Other Races/Ethnicities 921
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Child development Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 548 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in child development. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Ashford University

San Diego, California
730 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for child development students seekinga bachelor's degree is Ashford University. Roughly 34,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,060 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 730 bachelor's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Ashford University. Of these students, 97% were women and 60% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

531 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
66% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Fullerton is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in child development. Each year, around 40,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The child development program at California State University - Fullerton awarded 531 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 94% of this group were women, and 66% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

498 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is California State University - Sacramento. Roughly 31,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 498 bachelor's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Sac State. Around 65% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 94% were women.

349 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Northridge is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in child development. Each year, around 40,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The child development program at California State University - Northridge awarded 349 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 75% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 95% were women.

#5

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
298 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
87% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is California State University - Los Angeles. Roughly 28,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The child development program at California State University - Los Angeles awarded 298 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 96% were women and 87% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania
223 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Each year, around 17,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,716 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,288 per year.

The child development program at West Chester University of Pennsylvania awarded 223 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 96% were women and 8% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
223 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Grand Canyon University. Each year, around 90,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

The child development program at Grand Canyon University awarded 223 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 98% of this group were women, and 43% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

San Jose State University

San Jose, California
193 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
80% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is San Jose State University. Each year, around 35,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 193 bachelor's degrees were handed out to child development majors at San Jose State. About 93% of this group were women, and 80% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

181 Yearly Graduations
99% Women
88% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida International University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in child development. Roughly 57,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,721 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,912 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 181 people received their bachelor's degree in child development from FIU. About 99% of this group were women, and 88% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

180 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is California State University - Dominguez Hills. Roughly 16,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 180 bachelor's degrees were handed out to child development majors at CSUDH. About 96% of this group were women, and 91% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
170 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in child development. Roughly 79,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,980 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 170 bachelor's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Liberty University. Around 26% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 97% were women.

#12

San Diego State University

San Diego, California
167 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Diego State University is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in child development. Roughly 35,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The child development program at San Diego State University awarded 167 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 98% were women and 68% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

155 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Washington - Seattle Campus. Each year, around 47,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

The child development program at University of Washington - Seattle Campus awarded 155 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 96% of this group were women, and 42% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

National University

La Jolla, California
151 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in child development. Roughly 16,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,320 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,480 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 151 people received their bachelor's degree in child development from National University. Of these students, 93% were women and 49% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California
150 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
77% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Francisco State University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in child development. Each year, around 29,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 150 people received their bachelor's degree in child development from SFSU. Around 77% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 96% were women.

#16

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
140 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Georgia. Each year, around 38,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,790 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,878 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 140 bachelor's degrees were handed out to child development majors at UGA. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 97% were women.

134 Yearly Graduations
99% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Ohio University - Athens Campus. Each year, around 28,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,612 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,444 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 134 people received their bachelor's degree in child development from OHIO Athens. Around 7% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 99% were women.

133 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Kent State University at Kent. Each year, around 28,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,602 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,766 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 133 people received their bachelor's degree in child development from Kent State. Of these students, 97% were women and 4% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee
121 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga. Roughly 11,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,836 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,450 per year.

The child development program at The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga awarded 121 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 97% were women and 18% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

California State University - Bakersfield

Bakersfield, California
114 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
76% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Bakersfield is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in child development. Each year, around 10,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The child development program at California State University - Bakersfield awarded 114 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 96% of this group were women, and 76% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to child development that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Elementary Education 29,618
Secondary Education 3,393
Middle School Education & Teaching 2,184
Teacher Education 1,475
Kindergarten/Preschool Education 850

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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