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5,389 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 210 schools in the United States where you can get your basic certificate in child development. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 50% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.1% of child development graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Child development Majors

During the 2019-2020 academic year, 5,389 students earned their basic certificate in child development. This makes it the 1st most popular basic certificate 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 13,068
Associate Degree 6,929
Basic Certificate 5,389
Master’s Degree 3,475
Undergraduate Certificate 1,914
Graduate Certificate 219
Doctor’s Degree 23

Earnings of Child development Majors With Basic Certificates

At this time, we do not have the data to estimate the median earnings for this class of people.

Student Debt

The data on debt ranges for child development majors who have their basic certificate is not available.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their basic certificate in child development. About 97.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 155
Women 5,234

The racial-ethnic distribution of child development basic certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 176
Black or African American 866
Hispanic or Latino 1,300
White 2,234
International Students 112
Other Races/Ethnicities 701

There are 210 colleges that offer a basic certificate in child development. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

Below are some popular majors that are similar to child development that offer basic certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Kindergarten/Preschool Education 343
Elementary Education 167
Secondary Education 99
Teacher Education 43
Teacher Development & Methodology 39


*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.

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