Your Future in Child Development

Embark on a journey of nurturing young hearts and minds with Charleston Southern University’s Bachelor of Science in child development program. Tailored for students aspiring to teach in nonpublic school settings, this nonlicensure program offers a unique opportunity to specialize in infant, toddler, and prekindergarten education while fostering faith integration throughout the curriculum.

In our Child Development program, students delve into intensive instruction on literacy and language acquisition assessment, alongside immersive practicum experiences across diverse settings. Graduates emerge equipped to make meaningful contributions in public, private, or charter school preschool environments.

At CSU, we recognize that shaping young lives is more than a profession—it’s a calling. Our program is designed to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and faith-based values needed to positively impact the lives of children and families.

If you’re drawn to the rewarding path of child development and seek a program that blends academic rigor with a commitment to faith-based principles, Charleston Southern University’s child development program awaits your calling. Join us and become a beacon of light in the lives of young learners.

Resources for Future Teachers

CSU’s partners at TeachSC have free tools and resources to make applying to our program, and becoming a classroom teacher, easier. If you create a TeachSC account, you will have access to:

  • An interactive application checklist to keep you on track.
  • 1-on-1 expert advice for any question along the way.
  • How-to guides for eligibility, applications, testing and finances.
  • A chance to win a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition.

To get access, sign up for TeachSC!


CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Child Development: it's a calling

The child development program at CSU offers intensive instruction of literacy and language acquisition assessment and practicum experience in multiple settings. Graduates from this major have worked in various preschool settings in public and private environments, including Head Start.

As a Child Development major, you’ll take courses like…

  • Ministry to Children and Family
  • Principles and Philosophy of Education
  • Human Growth and Child Development
  • School Health
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Preschool Teaching
  • Child Development Centers
  • Nonpublic Schools
Teacher And Pupils Using Wooden Shapes In Montessori School.

College of Education

The mission of the College of Education is to prepare professional educators who, guided by a strong sense of community and the integration of their faith, are academically strong, skilled and morally committed to educating in a wide range of culturally diverse learning environments. The College of Education offers a liberal arts core curriculum, professional education courses, clinical settings, content specialty courses and other extracurricular candidate experiences including Future Teachers Society, Teaching Fellows, service projects, mission programs and more.

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Wingo Hall

Wingo Hall houses classrooms for the humanities and education and faculty offices for the College of Education. Named for Henry C. Wingo.

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Lightsey Chapel

The chapel seats 1,500 and is a multipurpose facility equipped with a modern stage and support equipment. The Margaret Kelly Hamrick Prayer Room is located at the front of the building. Named for W. Norris and Nell Peeples Lightsey.


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