Learn to work with children, families, and allied professionals to instruct, supervise, and support: You’ll do that here.

The study of child development encompasses the human life span from conception through adolescence and provides a foundation for your professional role in human service and education. 

What You’ll Do     

  • Interact one-on-one with qualified faculty in face-to-face and online classes. 
  • 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. 
  • Complete a Child Development Career Internship, the capstone of integrated study. 
  • Be prepared to collaborate with allied professionals in government, corporate, education, and social service settings. 
  • Gain real-world experience. 100% of Southeast programs offer real-world experience. During the final year, majors complete a Child Development Career Internship, which is the capstone of integrated study. 

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.  

  • $49k

    Preschool and Childcare Center Director   

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a preschool and childcare center director is $49,160.    


  • $32k

    Preschool Teacher

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


  • $70k 

    Social and Community Service Manager

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a social and community service manager is $69,600. 

     

What You'll Study

As child and family studies: child development major, you’ll learn about human life from conception through adolescence. Graduates work with children, families, and allied professionals in instructional, supervisory and support capacities. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, the General Education program, and 39 senior division hours (300-599).

Child Development - 72 Hour Major - No Minor Required

Required Courses:

  • CF102 Relationships in the 21st Century (3)
  • CF120 The Child (3)
  • CF124 Children’s Health, Safety, and Nutrition (3)
  • CF200 Constructive Guidance and Discipline (3)
  • CF209 Introduction to Family Theories (3)
  • CF215 Observation: Perception and Process (3)
  • CF233 Creative Thought/Expression in Children (3)
  • CF250 Family Child Care: Feasibility and Management (3)
  • CF280 Learning Theory and Application: Preschool (3)
  • CF285 Learning Theory and Application: Infant-Toddler (3)
  • CF306 History and Theory of Child Development (3)
  • CF310 School Age Child Care (3)
  • CF330 Middle Childhood and Youth Issues (3)
  • CF360 Family Life Education (3)
  • CF410 Culture, Ethnicity, and the Child (3) 
  • CF430 Parent-Child Interactions (3)
  • CF475 Action Research for the Practitioner (3)
  • CF480 Child Development Career Internship (6) 
  • EX390 Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child (3)

Choose One Track

Administrative Track
  • CF315 Administration of Programs for Children and Youth (3)
  • CF350 Assessing and Teaching Young Children (3)
  • CF415 Legal Risks/AdministrativeDecision-makingin Programs for Children and Youth (3)
  • CF420 Leadership and Advocacy for the Administrator (3)
Child and Youth Services Track – Choose 12 hours:
  • CF 520 Professional Ethics and Practice (3)
  • ED 535 The Trauma Informed Professional (3)
  • HS 301 Foundations of Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy (3)
  • HS 401 Child Advocacy II - Professional and System Responses (3)
  • HS 402 Child Advocacy III - Responding to the Survivor of Child Abuse (3)

Additional Requirements

Some courses may fulfill General Education requirements

  • BS103 Human Biology (3)
  • FE200 Family Financial Management (3)
  • LI243 Children’s Literature (3)
  • MA128 Mathematics I (4)
  • PH218 Physical Science: A Process Approach (3)
  • PS103 US Political Systems (3)
  • SW121 Helping Skills for Human Services (3)
  • US105 American History I or US107 American History II (3)
“Critical Courses” are italicized and bolded. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year    

Fall Semester (16 Hours)     

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • CF120 (3) 
  • CF124 (3) 
  • PS103 (3) 
  • US105 or US107 (3)     

Spring Semester (19 Hours)     

  • CF102 (3) 
  • CF200 (3) 
  • MA128 (4) 
  • PH218 (3) 
  • SW121 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average 

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (18 Hours)  

  • CF209 (3) 
  • CF215 (3) 
  • CF233 (3) 
  • CF250 (3) 
  • CF280 (3) 
  • FE200 (3) 

Spring Semester (18 Hours)    

  • BS103 (3) 
  • CF285 (3) 
  • CF310 (3) 
  • CF360 (3) 
  • EX390 (3) 
  • LI243 (3) 

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average 

(Summer courses are encouraged to avoid 18 semesters.) 

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (12 Hours)    

  • CF306 (3) 
  • CF330 (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (12 Hours)     

  • CF410 (3) 
  • CF430 (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average 

Senior Year    

Fall Semester (12 Hours)     

  • CF475 (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (13 Hours)  

  • CF480 (6) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • General Education (2) 
  • Elective (2) 

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average 

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

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.

Accreditations

  • Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential
  • National Council on Family Relations logo
 

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