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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.
With year-round classes you can start your degree when you’re ready. Our program is 100% online giving you the flexibility to work, complete an internship or just balance life’s other responsibilities while earning your degree.
You won’t be in it alone. Faculty, advisors, and our skilled Career Services team provides you with the tools needed for success in and out of the classroom.
"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 ... that the minds and efforts of future student professionals evolve to produce outcomes that are fruitful to their professions and their communities!"Dr. Victor Wilbrun, Child and Family Studies
From national agencies like Big Brothers/Big Sisters to local nonprofit agencies,
our graduates are making a difference in their communities.
Below are just a few examples of the companies who hire graduates from the College of Education, Health and Human Studies at Southeast Missouri State.
An associate's degree in child care and guidance focuses on the basics of child development and providing the optimal learning and care environment for children. Graduates will have a strong foundation to build towards a bachelor’s degree in child development or pursue a career in the child care field as a daycare worker, nanny, or preschool teacher.
CF 120. The Child: Development from Conception Through Adolescence.
An overview of the social, cognitive, physical, and emotional changes that occur from conception through adolescence. (3).
CF 250. Family Childcare: Feasibility and Management.
Skill development for determining feasibility, management and operation of profitable childcare business. (3).
CF 360. Family Life Education.
Understanding the design, development and implementation of family life education programs in a wide variety of settings. Pre- or Co-requisite: CF 209. (3).