West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s online bachelor’s degree in child development program was recently ranked as  one of the top 40 in the nation by TheBestSchools.org.

The website reviews and ranks all accredited schools in the U.S. on criteria ranging from academic excellence, strength of faculty scholarship, reputation, financial aid, range of degree levels and strength of online instruction methodology.

WVU Parkersburg offers a highly flexible and accommodating online program for those interested in pursuing a bachelor’s 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.

Pictured are (left to right) WVU Parkersburg child development program students Ascena Taylor and Heather Deuley with children from the college’s Center for Early Learning.

Among other recent accolades, the SR Education Group ranked the program as the most affordable in the nation for the second consecutive year. The rankings represent online schools across the nation that are committed to providing quality, low-cost online bachelor’s degrees in child development.

“I’m very proud of our child development program at WVU Parkersburg,” said Dr. David Lancaster, professor and chair of the Education Division, WVU Parkersburg. “Under the leadership of Christi Calvert, the program has continued to improve in quality every semester. Now we have the most affordable child development program in the country with one of the top academic ratings. What a tremendous combination.”

Students from West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana and Georgia are currently pursuing or have completed the online degree program through WVU Parkersburg.

For more information about WVU Parkersburg’s child development program, visit www.wvup.edu or contact Christi Calvert at 304-424-8430 or christi.calvert@wvup.edu.

About WVU Parkersburg

Established in 1961, West Virginia University at Parkersburg is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Academic credits earned at WVU Parkersburg are transferable to any institution in the West Virginia higher education state system as well as other accredited institutions throughout the country. WVU Parkersburg is the only public community college in West Virginia accredited to offer baccalaureate degrees.