Success in Child Development


Education and child development majors graduate with a wide variety of opportunities before them.

Graduates of the education and child development programs have taken jobs in teaching, school administration, counseling, speech and language pathology, social work, and clinical psychology, just to name a few.

Find your own career and internship opportunities at the Weingart Center for Career and Professional Development.

Child development alumna Francine DeMarcoFrancine DeMarco ’02
Speech Language Pathologist at San Francisco Unified School District

Seeing children with autism find their voice brings Francine indescribable excitement. She found her rewarding career after Whittier, where she enjoyed analyzing research papers with professor Anne Sebanc as a peer, delving into statistics as a research assistant, and more. She also gained first-hand experience with children while studying abroad in Copenhagen, an experience she recommends to anyone.

Whittier helped Francine get into graduate school at University of the Pacific, where she completed her master’s in speech language pathology. Having found her path, she now helps children achieve their full potential.

Child development and education alumna Jenna GeorgeJenna George ’10, M.A. ’12
Teacher at La Serna High School

Now a high school literature teacher, Jenna George didn’t wait until graduation to begin shaping the minds of young children. As an undergraduate student, Jenna worked directly with fourth-graders at Broadoaks, Whittier's on-campus elementary school. Working in the classroom, she began developing the teaching and classroom management skills needed to be a successful teacher.

Both in and out of the classroom, Jenna delved fully into her major, education and child development. In Whittier’s smaller classrooms, she enjoyed engaging meaningfully with her studies and discussing them in depth with fellow students and professors. She took those great lessons into Whittier’s education masters program, and now uses them to show her literature students how bright and capable they are.

“The close relationships shared with professors were truly remarkable.”

Child development alumna Stephanie HuiStephanie Hui ’11
Occupational Therapist

While at Whittier, Stephanie conducted research with several professors—which took her across the country and into Canada—and completed three internships that furthered her love for working with children with special needs. She now helps them in New York, as well as during travels to Cuba, and she hopes to one day open her own clinics here and abroad.