Child and Adolescent Development is a rich and continuously evolving field that offers a wealth of career opportunities. Careers in Child and Adolescent Development is the first textbook to guide students along each step of the career path—from the levels of academic degrees and programs available, to preparations for the professional world. It presents a brief description of the field, explores a broad array of career paths available to students, and offers some practical ideas for constructing a career plan. Students are provided with practical, up-to-date information about career opportunities, combined with real-life vignettes to illustrate the challenges and rewards these careers hold. The book presents traditional career paths in fields such as child and adolescent development, elementary education, educational leadership, and school counseling, as well as non-traditional or emerging career paths in child life and behavior analysis, research, academia, non-profit work, children’s ministry, and family law. It will serve as a go-to reference for students, and can be used in a fieldwork class, a service learning class, a professional development class, or a capstone class.
"In this book Biddle, Harven and Hudley translate their deep knowledge and passion of child development into a set of very practical guidelines for students in an effort to facilitate students’ entry into a suitable career pathway. In this handy and yet scholarly book the authors go the extra mile to show students that there are a multitude of careers available in the field of child development. … It will serve as a reference guide for a broad spectrum of faculty members and career counselors… involved in guiding the next generation of professionals in exciting careers in child education." - From the Foreword by Amado M. Padilla, Stanford University, USA
"This book by noted education experts Biddle, Harven and Hudley offers a unique look at the plans and paths for those considering a career in child and adolescent development. Offering both technical perspectives and unique personal stories from those in the field, the authors provide valuable (and enjoyable) insight for students and practicing professionals. A must read for all those considering a career in child and adolescent development." - Rosemary Papa, Soka University of America, USA
Foreword Amado M. Padilla Part 1: Getting Started 1. Getting Started: The Field of Child and Adolescent Development 2. Examining Career Theory and Practice Part 2: Careers 3. Careers in Early Childhood Education (Birth to Grade 3) 4. Careers in Education: Elementary, Middle, Secondary, Adult 5. Educational Leaders and Educational Agencies: Pre-K Through 12th Grade 6. Educational Consultants and Educational Specialists 7. College and University Positions: Teaching, Researching, Leading, and Providing Service 8. Non-Profit Organizations 9. Counseling and School Psychology 10. Behavior Analyst 11. Child Life Specialist and Other Health Careers 12. Other Career Possibilities Part 3: Discovering Your Path 13. Reflections on Self 14. Reflections on Career Preparation