Gain a foundation for your professional role in your human service and education career. You’ll do that here.

The study of child development includes the human life span from conception through adolescence. An academic background in child development (birth through adolescence) provides a foundation for your professional role in human service and education careers, which demands insightful communication, knowledgeable supervision, and realistic problem solving.  

What You’ll Do      

  • Interact one-on-one with highly qualified faculty in small class settings in person and online. 
  • Acquire first-hand knowledge of child development in 
    action through experiential learning with children and 
    families in a variety of University and community settings. 
  • Apply child development knowledge to create healthy, 
    supportive learning and care environments. 
  • Be prepared to collaborate with allied professionals in 
    government, corporate, education, and social service 

Outcomes & Careers 

  • 96% 

    Successful Outcomes Rate 

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Child & Family Studies report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.  

  • $25.4k 

    Child Care Worker

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a child care worker is $25,460 per year.

  • $31k 

    Preschool Teacher

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a preschool teacher is $31,930. 



  • $28k

    Teacher Assistant

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a teacher assistant is $28,900. 


Get Funding for Your Education

Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.

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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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