Child Development Professor

Teach university students about child development.
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Salary Range
$36,000 – $122,000

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What do Child Development Professors do?

The scientific study of children and the environment they grow up in is the basis of of a Child Development Professor’s work. Child Development Professors study children (classified as infants through adolescents in this context) as well as their families, cultures, peers, schools, and neighborhoods. Then, they teach their students how to do their own studies with participants, variables, etc.; how to record their findings; and how to delve deeper with papers and projects.

As a Child Development Professor, studying child development research and reports makes up a large portion of your class time. In order for students to understand child development, they need to learn about social and behavioral science as well as psychology, especially in relation to children.

Not everything you teach them is in preparation for a career in clinical or psychological studies, but giving them the opportunity to run studies of their own—under your supervision, of course—rounds out their education. That’s important when you’re teaching future Psychologists, Educators, and even Doctors.

Any work involving children is difficult for many reasons, including the fact that children can be unpredictable and impressionable. Teaching students about these variables so they can avoid influencing the children’s behavior and answers to the researcher’s questions is crucial, and an important part of a child development major’s education.

Should I be a Child Development Professor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Social Studies Department Chair

    How to Become a
    Child Development Professor

    Most Child Development Professors have a Doctorate or a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaaam9&chl=||||master%27s+%2838%25%29|doctorate+%2862%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,62
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