Human Development and Family Studies offers two degree programs: Child Development (BA) and Human Development and Family Studies (BS or BA). Students choose the option of a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in consultation with their Academic Advisor.
This degree program has been approved by Michigan State University and the State of Michigan, Department of Education for students. The Child Development Degree program (BA) allows students to choose a concentration in:
Graduates are recognized as having expertise working with young children. These revised standards reflect the knowledge and skills to teach children from birth to age 8 in general education settings, as well as significant knowledge and skills for teaching infants and children with special needs.
All students will gain practical experience working with children by first observing, then planning activities and finally culminating with a semester of student teaching in the MSU Child Development Laboratories (CDL's) which are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Child Development Laboratories are a multi-cultural experience for students and children and families represent over 20 countries. Learn more about the CDL's; their programming and opportunities, by clicking on the link above.
The Child Development Preschool Teaching degree program prepares graduates to:
teach in the pre-Kindergarten years
direct and/or own a child care center
direct or teach in Head Start centers
work in hospital settings as a Child Life Specialist
work as a consultant for toy companies
affect policies regarding children and education
The Child Development Elementary Education degree program combines the College of Education Teacher Preparation program, which has been the nation's top teacher preparation program for the last 19 years, and the approved Early Childhood General and Special Education Endorsement to prepare graduates to:
Returning Elementary Education or Special Education Teachers
Certified Elementary or Special Education Teachers may also take courses to earn their Early Childhood General and Special Education Endorsement or ZS in this program. Please go to the Early Childhood General and Special Education Endorsement section of this website for a list of courses and scheduling options.
The Human Development and Family Studies BA and BS degrees are approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), and allows students to become Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE). The degrees prepare graduates to work in human service agencies serving children, youth and adults responding to the needs of an increasingly diverse society. The HDFS field is any organized effort to provide family members with information, skills, experiences, or resources intended to strengthen, improve or enrich their family experience. HDFS uses collaboration, prevention, resources and provides educational opportunities to assist individuals and families throughout their lives. The degree program encourages service in the areas of social need with a positive, holistic and family focus.
Students in the Human Development and Family Studies degree program will take classes to understand:
The HDFS Degree Program prepares graduates to serve as:
HDFS believes that all families and individuals can benefit from enrichment programs and education, not just families in crisis. Common themes across both majors include: respect diversity, families and changes throughout the lifespan. If HDFS fits your career goals, come in and speak with an advisor. Please visit the 'advising' section of this website to schedule an appointment, or see our walk-in hours.