Undergraduate Degree Programs

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Human Development and Family Studies offers degree programs in Child Development (BA), Human Development and Family Studies (BS or BA), and Early Care and Education (BA).

Child Development

This degree program has been approved by the State of Michigan Department of Education and allows students to choose a concentration in: 

  • Elementary Education Teacher Certification (application required to the MSU College of Education Teacher Preparation Program) or 
  • Preschool Teaching in an Early Childhood Setting 

All students will gain practical experience working with children 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 have two locations in East Lansing and Haslett. Both locations offer programming for area families, and opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to work, learn, and research. Tours of the CDL are offered to interested students at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters. If you are interested in scheduling a tour please contact the HDFS Undergraduate Program Director, Dr. Guinot Talbot.

Human Development and Family Studies

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 degree prepares 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. 

Great Plains IDEA Early Care and Education

HDFS participates in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) which is a partnership of 20 public universities that provides access to high-quality, accredited educational opportunities through collaborative, online academic programs.

The Early Care and Education BA online degree is a limited enrollment major for persons already working in the Early Childhood Education field. The degree focuses on the intellectual, social, emotional, and biological development of children and the planning and design of related human services and care/educational settings and preparation related to employment in early childhood education settings. More information is available at: https://www.gpidea.org/program/early-care-and-education-in-a-mobile-society