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Bachelor of Science Child & Family Studies: Child Development Option

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Create a foundation for your professional role in human service and education  

Prepare for the Future

You’ll learn about the development of children from conception through adolescence, preparing you to take on professional roles in human service and education careers. With two track options of either Administrative or Child and Youth Services, you can earn a degree that fits your goals and interests.

Stackable Degree Path

Earn credentials faster with our stackable degree path! You can earn your Associate of Arts in childcare and guidance while working towards your Bachelor of Science in child development. There are no additional classes needed with this option, getting you to a degree faster without extra work.

Support for Success

Online and on your schedule doesn't mean on your own. Faculty, advisors, and our skilled Career Services team will guide you to your goals with a variety of online services and support. Plus, graduates of this program have over a 90% successful outcomes rate, meaning they were employed or furthering their education within six months of graduation.

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Program information

  • Certified Family Life Educator program
  • Field experiences available
  • Track options available to tailor your degree
  • Award-winning advising and coaching team
  • Year-round classes to reduce time to degree
  • Community Focused Faculty Producing Job/Career Readiness
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Southeast uses exceptional teaching strategies to produce students prepared to tackle their professional careers. While learning about child development you’ll also gain the critical thinking, communication and writing skills desired by employers.

Our Alumni Go Places.

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.

  • AB Spectrum
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • BJC HealthCare
  • Bootheel Counseling Services
  • Coastal Orthopedics
  • Cardinal Glennon
  • Community Counseling Center
  • Jumpstart Autism Center
  • Kedrion Biopharma
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Missouri Baptist Medical Center
  • New Vision Counseling
  • Saint Francis Healthcare System
  • School Districts Across the Country
  • SoutheastHEALTH
  • SSM Health
  • Thrive Autism Solutions
  • Walt Disney World

The degree in child development focuses on integrating theory, research, and practice, so you are prepared for a variety of jobs. Southeast's program is an approved Certified Family Life Educator program, so students can become Provisional Certified Family Life Educators, giving you both the foundations and credentials to succeed in service.

  • Admission to the University meets requirements for entry into the family studies program.

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  • CF 233. Creative Thought and Expression.
    Development of creative expression in children. Theoretical foundations of aesthetics; exploration of integrated arts, music, movement, drama, nature, visual arts. (3).
  • CF 330. Middle Childhood and Youth Issues.
    Examines the critical issues associated with the developmental periods by exploring family context, community influence, and the historical-cultural transfusion of values and norms. (3).
  • HS 301. Foundations of Child Maltreatment and Advocacy
    Introduction to issues pertaining to child maltreatment and advocacy. Emphasis on legal framework, cultural perspectives, and social system responses. (3).

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  • "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. "
    —Dr. Victor Wilburn
    Chair, Department of Child and Family Studies

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