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Education & Child Development

The Department of Education & Child Development at Whittier College takes an interdisciplinary approach to preparing students with diverse interests for professional careers in a variety of fields, including education, child advocacy, psychology, social work, counseling, and the law.

Our faculty is as diverse as our students but all are active scholars and emphasize teaching and service to the college and community. Courses often take students out of the classroom to work with the children and youth of local schools, community programs, and our own laboratory school, Broadoaks Children’s School. Students also help faculty conduct research with children and publish journal articles in the field.

Studying child development prepares you to work with children and families in different contexts. Studying education primarily prepares you to teach but also prepares you to work in a school setting in other capacities. We have one of the highest rates of alumni who go directly to graduate school after graduation, and we are particularly proud of our alumni who continue to help children and families in their communities.

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Department News

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014
    The Egypt Game
    Whittier College alumna and Newbery Award recipient, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, who captivated two generations of children and young adults authoring... More
  • Friday, September 26, 2014
    Whittier students and children participate in FIfth Dimension program
    The Fifth Dimension, a program delivered by a team of 13 Whittier College students and the Boys and Girls Club of Whittier (BGCW) was recently... More
  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    Tuesday, September 22, 2014 The Broadoaks Children's School celebrated the International Day of Peace on the Whittier College campus on September 22... More

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