COVID-19 Information

See the latest updates and information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including a list of University contact information at

Child & Family Studies: Child Development

In addition to the Southeast Missouri State University Cape campus, this degree is offered at our regional campuses in Kennett and Sikeston.


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.

What You'll Do

  • Interact one-on-one with qualified faculty in face-to-face and online classes.
  • Acquire first-hand knowledge of child development in action through experiential learning with children and families in a variety of University and community settings.
  • Apply child development knowledge to create healthy, supportive learning and care environments.
  • Complete a Child Development Career Internship, the capstone of integrated study.
  • Be prepared to collaborate with allied professionals in government, corporate, education, and social service settings.

What You'll Study

  • CF102 Relationships in the 21st Century
  • CF209 Introduction to Family Systems
  • CF300 Parent Education
  • CF310 School Age Child Care

View College Page

Child smiling Request InfoApply NowView Degree Map

Previous Degree Maps

Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Child Advocacy Specialist
  • Child Care Assistant
  • Developmental Assistant
  • Early Interventionist

Graduate School Opportunities

  • Southeast Missouri State University, MO
  • University of Missouri, MO
  • Erikson Institute, IL
  • Kansas State University, KS


Costs at Southeast