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Be the driving force for quality child care.

With the importance of early childhood development becoming apparent, an associate’s degree will soon become a valuable qualification for child care workers and preschool teachers. Our program teaches you how to create healthy care and learning environments, while giving you a solid foundation to pursue a bachelor’s degree in child development. 

Students acquire first-hand knowledge of child development in action through experiential learning with children and families in a variety of University and community settings 

What to Expect

The study of child development encompasses the human life span from conception through adolescence. You’ll learn how to create healthy, supportive learning and care environments.  More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to: 

  • Study the development of children from conception through adolescence. 
  • Continue working, secure an internship or balance life’s other responsibilities by taking online courses. 
  • Start towards your bachelor’s degree in child development with our stackable degree path. 

College of Education, Health and Human Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is housed within the College of Education, Health and Human Studies. The college boasts programs that train students in mind, body, and soul. So, whether you want to teach, to care, to support, or to fix, we have a program to get you there.

Online Learning at Southeast

When it comes to your success, we do whatever it takes. Online learning at Southeast takes the same reputable college courses taught by Southeast faculty and makes them available anytime, anywhere.

Chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies

"As a professor of Child Development and one who was trained in Agriculture, I see the university setting as a field of opportunities to plant the seed of ideas, inspiration, and purpose; I do this with the hope and expectation that the minds and efforts of future student professionals evolve to produce outcomes that are fruitful to their professions and their communities."

Victor Wilburn, Ph.D.

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Child Care Curriculum

The child care degree requires a minimum of 73 credit hours to complete, including the general education requirements.

  • 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)  
  • CF310 School Age Child Care (3) 
  • CF360 Family Life Education (3)  
  • EX390 Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child (3) 

  • BS103 Human Biology (3)  
  • EN100 English Composition (3)  
  • EN140 Rhetoric and Critical Thinking (3)  
  • FE200 Family Financial Management (3)  
  • LI243 Children’s Literature (3)  
  • MA128 Numbers & Operations for Educators (4)  
  • PH218 Physical Science: A Process Approach (3)  
  • PS103 U.S. Political Systems (3)  
  • SW121 Helping Skills for Human Services (3)  
  • UI100 First Year Seminar (3)  
  • US105 American History I (3)  

OR 

  • US107 American History II (3) 

Fall  

  • Full Term: Aug. - Dec. (3 hours) 
  • Full Term: Aug. - Dec. (3 hours) 
  • Full Term: Aug. - Dec. (3 hours) 
  • 1st 8 Week: Aug. - Oct. (3 hours) 
  • 2nd 8 Week: Oct. - Dec. (3 hours) 
  • Total: 15 hours 

Spring   

  • Wintersession: Dec. - Jan. (3 hours) 
  • Full Term: Jan. - May. (3 hours) 
  • Full Term: Jan. - May. (3 hours) 
  • 1st 8 Week: Jan. - Mar. (3 hours) 
  • 2nd 8 Week: Mar. - May. (3 hours) 
  • Total: 15 hours 

Summer  

  • 1st 4 Week: June (3 hours) 
  • 8 Week: June-July (3 hours) 
  • 2nd 4 Week: July (3 hours) 
  • Total: 9 hours 

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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.

Stackable Degree Path

Earn credentials faster with our stackable degree path! You can work towards your Bachelor of Science in child development while earning your associate’s degree. There are no additional classes needed with this option, getting you to a degree faster without extra work.

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What Can You Do with an Associate’s Degree in Child Care?  

Graduates will have a strong foundation to build towards a bachelor’s degree in child development or pursue a career in the field of child care with confidence. 

Program graduates can earn jobs as a: 

  • Daycare worker 
  • Nanny 
  • Preschool teacher 

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. 

     


98% of College of Education, Health and Human Studies graduates are employed or enrolled in grad school within a year.

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Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

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