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West Virginia University at Parkersburg Child Development program earns top ranking

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg has again been recognized among the top-ranked institutions in the U.S. for its Child Development program.

The college ranked No. 1 for its Associate of Applied Science in child development degree program. The bachelor’s degree program ranked No. 8 for having the best child development emphasis.

More than 340 programs were evaluated by Intelligent.com, a student-focused publication helping students make informed decisions about higher education programs offered by top institutions across the county.

“I am very pleased that our Child Development program has received such high rankings on a national level,” said Dr. David Lancaster, WVU Parkersburg Education division chairperson. “Time and time again, WVU Parkersburg proves to be the best in the community, state and nation.”

Each program is evaluated based on reputation, class flexibility and strength, qualified faculty and cost.

WVU Parkersburg offers a highly flexible and accommodating online program for those interested in pursuing a degree in Child Development. Through a career ladder approach, students can move seamlessly from a one-year certificate to a two-year associate degree and then on to a four-year bachelor’s degree without losing any credits along the way. All students admitted to the program receive in-state tuition rates, regardless of geographical location.

If a student is a West Virginia resident, they may be eligible for WV Invests while pursuing a certificate or associate degree in Child Development. WV Invests will cover remaining tuition and fee costs after all other federal and state grant awards are used.

Not to mention, the Associate of Applied Science in Child Development program accepts transfer credits from the West Virginia Infant and Toddler, E.D.G.E. Credit, Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist and Child Development Associate.

“It is great that the WVU Parkersburg Child Development program’s efforts to provide life-changing, quality education to early childhood professionals has been recognized on the national level,” said Christi Calvert, WVU Parkersburg Child Development program coordinator.

To view the complete rankings, visit intelligent.com/best-online-child-development-degree-programs/.

For more information about WVU Parkersburg’s Child Development program, visit wvup.edu/education or contact Christi Calvert at 304-424-8000 ext. 430 or christi.calvert@wvup.edu.

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