Child and Family Development Undergraduate Program

Why study child and family development at Missouri State?

  • You will graduate with the skills necessary to prepare you for a wide variety of careers in many different fields.
  • Our courses teach you how you can make a difference not only in the lives of individuals and families, but also in the greater community both locally and around the world.
  • You may choose an emphasis area to customize your degree.
  • Our faculty offers a wide range of expertise and backgrounds so that you can gain the most from your education.
  • Through participation in our student organizations, you will have opportunities to network and connect with other students and working professionals.

Beyond the classroom

The child and family development major focuses on human development, behavior and interpersonal relationships throughout the lifespan. Our faculty members aim to prepare students to work with people, particularly with children, youth and families, in areas of human service. The CFD program is a unique design because it provides you with the following four emphasis areas:

The child and family development (CFD) program is a comprehensive major offering you a variety of programs, including the following specializations and services:

  • Researched-based teaching/learning strategies
  • Interactive lectures
  • Experiential activities
  • Cooperative learning projects