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Bachelor of Science in Child Development

B.S. in Child and Family Studies: Child Development

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 careers. Graduates work with children, families, and allied professionals in instructional, supervisory, and support capacities.

Core Courses

  • CF 102 Relationships in the 21st Century (3)
  • CF 120 The Child (3)
  • CF 124 Children’s Health, Safety, and Nutrition (3)
  • CF 200 Constructive Guidance and Discipline (3)
  • CF 209 Introduction to Family Processes and Systems (3)
  • CF 215 Observation: Perception and Process (3)
  • CF 233 Creative Thought/Expression in Children (3)
  • CF 250 Family Child Care: Feasibility and Management (3)
  • CF 280 Learning Theory and Application: Preschool (3)
  • CF 285 Learning Theory and Application: Infant-Toddler (3)
  • CF 306 History and Theory of Child Development (3)
  • CF 310 School Age Child Care (3)
  • CF 330 Middle Childhood and Youth Issues (3)
  • CF 360 Family Life Education (3)
  • CF 410 Culture, Ethnicity, and the Child (3)
  • CF 430 Parent Child Interactions-A Systems Approach (3)
  • CF 475 Action Research for the Practitioner (3)
  • CF 480 Child Development Career Internship (6)
  • EX 390 Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child (3)

Choose One Track

Administrative Track

  • CF 315 Administration of Programs for Children and Youth (3)
  • CF 350 Assessing and Teaching Young Children (3)
  • CF 415 Legal Risks/Administrative Decision-making in Programs for Children and Youth (3)
  • CF 420 Leadership and Advocacy for the Administrator (3)

Child and Youth Services Track

  • CF 495 Interagency Collaboration (3)
  • OR
  • CF 520 Family Assessment (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)

  • BS 103 Human Biology (3)
  • FE 200 Family Financial Management (3)
  • LI 243 Children’s Literature (3)
  • MA 128 Mathematics I (3)
  • PH 218 Physical Science: A Process Approach (3)
  • PS 103 U.S. Political Systems (3)
  • SW 121 Helping Skills for Human Services (3)
  • US 105 American History I (3)
  • OR
  • US 107 American History II (3)

General Education Requirements

(some requirements may be fulfilled by course work in major program)

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 3 hours
  • Constitution requirement – 3 hours
  • U.S. History 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 and Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)

Fall (18 hours)

  • UI 100 (3)
  • EN 100 (3)
  • CF 120 (3)
  • MA 128 (3)
  • PS 103 (3)
  • US 105 OR US 107 (3)

Spring (18 hours)

  • CF 120 (3)
  • CF 200 (3)
  • CF 124 (3)
  • PH 218 (3)
  • SW 121 (3)
  • General Education (3)

Fall (18 hours)

  • CF 209 (3)
  • CF 215 (3)
  • CF 233 (3)
  • CF 250 (3)
  • CF 280 (3)
  • CF 310 (3)

Spring (18 hours)

  • BS 103 (3)
  • CF 285 (3)
  • CF 360 (3)
  • EX 390 (3)
  • FE 200 (3)
  • LI 243 (3)

Fall (12 hours)

  • CF 330 (3)
  • Track Course (3)
  • Track Course (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring (12 hours)

  • CF 306 (3)
  • CF 410 (3)
  • CF 430 (3)
  • Elective (3)

Fall (12 hours)

  • CF 475 (3)
  • Track Course (3)
  • Track Course (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring (12 hours)

  • CF 480 (6)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Degree requirements for all students: a minimum of 120 credit hours, completion of General Education program, completion of 39 senior division hours (300-599) and completion of the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP) at the senior level. Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin or Degree Works for additional graduation requirements for your program.

A minimum 2.0 GPA in the major and overall are required to graduate with a B.S. in Human Environmental Studies: Child Development.

Contact

573.651.2109
vwilburn@semo.edu
Scully Building 114
Child and Family Studies
One University Plaza, MS 5750
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701