The Child Development Program serves as a lab site. Our mission is twofold:
- Support research related to young children
- Prepare Georgia State students to work with young children in a professional setting
Our goals center on current learning and child development theories. Young children learn through play and grow and develop in supportive environments. Such environments encourage them to try new things and express their natural curiosity.
Our program offers educators an opportunity to observe master teachers. Our master teachers use development appropriate lessons and materials for the children.
We also provide observational opportunities for students from other departments across campus. Students learn appropriate skills and practice techniques by observation. Structured interaction, observation in the classrooms or observation rooms are available.
Students also learn effective communication skills to help them develop professional behavior. Graduate and undergraduate students conduct various projects and observations in our classrooms.
Our program also serves as an interdisciplinary research program. Teams of faculty and students contribute different perspectives. The University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) must approve all research conducted. Their primary responsibility is to protect human subjects. The IRB provides rigorous reviews of research and the data is completely confidential.
To complete course-work, observations or research at our centers follow these instructions:
- Complete the form related to your request and email Ada Perry-Rookard at [email protected]
- You can also fax to 404-413-8463 or
- Deliver to 30 Courtland St., Room G-17, Dahlberg Hall