BS in Human Development and Family Science with Emphasis in Child Development and Education
Degree Program Description
The Child Development and Education emphasis provides instruction and experiences to help students gain competence in understanding, guiding, and teaching young children. Coursework includes hands-on learning through the Child Development Lab, a full-day, full-year teacher-training lab school located on the MU campus. Graduates are prepared for positions of responsibility and leadership in public and private nursery schools, child care centers, infant-care programs, after-school programs, and other educational and social service facilities for children. Additional job opportunities include group homes, shelters, child care and provider training agencies, Parents as Teachers, and YMCA/YWCA.
Major Program Requirements
Students must complete all university requirements, including general education, in addition to the degree requirements below, and must achieve a grade of C (2.0) in all HDFS courses taken to meet degree requirements. A minimum of 120 credit hours must be completed.
|A. Requirements in H D FS|
|H_D_FS 1600||Foundations of Family Science 1||3|
|H_D_FS 2200||Research Methods in Human Development and Family Science 2||3|
|H_D_FS 2300||Multicultural Study of Children and Families||3|
|H_D_FS 2400W||Principles of Human Development - Writing Intensive||4|
|H_D_FS 2510||Observation, Assessment, and Curriculum Planning||4|
|H_D_FS 3050||Child Development: Birth to 3 (Infant/Toddler)||3|
|H_D_FS 3150W||Child Development 4-8 (Early Childhood) - Writing Intensive||3|
|H_D_FS 3450||Health, Safety and Nutrition||3|
|H_D_FS 3500||Infant-Toddler Practicum||6|
|H_D_FS 3600||Partnering with Parents and Families||3|
|H_D_FS 3700||Preschool Practicum||6|
|H_D_FS 4420||Environmental Influences on Lifespan Cognition||3|
|H_D_FS 4570||Administration of Programs for Children and Families||3|
|H_D_FS 4610||Stress and Resilience in Families||3|
|or H_D_FS 4700||Children and Families in Poverty|
|H_D_FS 4720||Child and Family Advocacy||3|
|H_D_FS 4971||Child Development and Education Capstone||9|
|B. Requirements in Related Areas|
|FINPLN 2183||Personal and Family Finance||3|
|NEP 1034||Introduction to Human Nutrition||3|
|PSYCH 1000||General Psychology||3|
|SOCIOL 1000||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|SPC_ED 4300||Introduction to Special Education||3|
|C. Supporting Coursework - Choose courses from HDFS and related areas. See HDFS academic advisor for list of appropriate supporting courses.|
|D. General Electives||4-6|
Statistics is recommended prior to H_D_FS 2200. Consult with advisor for appropriate course options.
A semester-by-semester sample plan of study is listed below. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|General Elective||1||Math Pathway||3|
|ENGLSH 1000||3||H_D_FS 2400W||4|
|H_D_FS 1600||3||Bio Science w/ lab||5|
|PSYCH 1000||3||SOCIOL 1000||3|
|COMMUN 1200||3||H_D_FS 2200||3|
|H_D_FS 3050||3||H_D_FS 2300||3|
|H_D_FS 3450||3||H_D_FS 2510||4|
|Gen Ed PHYS or MATH Science||3||NEP 1034 or 2222||3|
|H_D_FS 3500||6||General Elective||3|
|American History or Government||3||H_D_FS 4610 or 4700||3|
|H_D_FS 4420||3||H_D_FS 3700||6|
|Supporting Course||3||FINPLN 2183||3|
|H_D_FS 3600||3||H_D_FS 4971||9|
|H_D_FS 4570||3||H_D_FS 4720||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
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Major and Career Exploration
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