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 1600Foundations of Family Science 13
H_D_FS 2200Research Methods in Human Development and Family Science 23
H_D_FS 2300Multicultural Study of Children and Families3
H_D_FS 2400WPrinciples of Human Development - Writing Intensive4
H_D_FS 2510Observation, Assessment, and Curriculum Planning4
H_D_FS 3050Child Development: Birth to 3 (Infant/Toddler)3
H_D_FS 3150WChild Development 4-8 (Early Childhood) - Writing Intensive3
H_D_FS 3450Health, Safety and Nutrition3
H_D_FS 3500Infant-Toddler Practicum6
H_D_FS 3600Partnering with Parents and Families3
H_D_FS 3700Preschool Practicum6
H_D_FS 4420Environmental Influences on Lifespan Cognition3
H_D_FS 4570Administration of Programs for Children and Families3
H_D_FS 4610Stress and Resilience in Families3
or H_D_FS 4700 Children and Families in Poverty
H_D_FS 4720Child and Family Advocacy3
H_D_FS 4971Child Development and Education Capstone9
B. Requirements in Related Areas
FINPLN 2183Personal and Family Finance3
NEP 1034Introduction to Human Nutrition3
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
SOCIOL 1000Introduction to Sociology3
SPC_ED 4300Introduction to Special Education3
C. Supporting Coursework - Choose courses from HDFS and related areas. See HDFS academic advisor for list of appropriate supporting courses.
Supporting Coursework3
Supporting Coursework3
Supporting Coursework3
D. General Electives4-6

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Semester Plan

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.

First Year
General Elective1Math Pathway3
ENGLSH 10003H_D_FS 2400W4
H_D_FS 16003Bio Science w/ lab5
PSYCH 10003SOCIOL 10003
General Elective3 
 16 15
Second Year
COMMUN 12003H_D_FS 22003
H_D_FS 30503H_D_FS 23003
H_D_FS 34503H_D_FS 25104
Humanities3H_D_FS 3150W3
Gen Ed PHYS or MATH Science 3NEP 1034 or 22223
 15 16
Third Year
H_D_FS 35006General Elective3
American History or Government3H_D_FS 4610 or 47003
H_D_FS 44203H_D_FS 37006
Supporting Course3FINPLN 21833
 15 15
Fourth Year
H_D_FS 36003H_D_FS 49719
H_D_FS 45703H_D_FS 47203
SPC_ED 43003Science1
Supporting Course3 
Supporting Course3 
 15 13
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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