Missouri State University

Child Life Emphasis

Help develop a child's future

Our child life emphasis option prepares you to pursue a career as a child life specialist. Child life specialists work as members of the pediatric health care team who focus on the emotional and developmental needs of children by using play and other forms of communication that help reduce the stress of the health care experience for children and their families. This emphasis area also will prepare you to work in med-camps and grief support groups.

Four-year graduation plan sample schedule

This is a model four-year graduation plan. Your path to graduation may vary slightly  based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school, your choice of general education electives, and placement in English and mathematics. See undergraduate catalog for complete listing of courses. This degree program can be completed in eight semesters.

Check out the course rotation (Springfield) or course rotation (West Plains) or search projected course offerings before scheduling your classes.

First semester (fall)

First semester courses Credit hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
ENG 110 Writing I3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics3
CFD 160 Principles of Development in Early Childhood3
CFD 155 Principles of Human Development3
CFD 150 Introduction to Child and Family Development1
Total hours15

Second semester (spring)

Second semester courses Credit hours
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
GEC 106 - BIO 110 or BIO 110 & BIO 111, Child Life Students: BMS 1104
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
CFD 163 Relationships in Today's Families3
CFD 110 Health, Safety and Nutrition3
Total hours15

Third semester (fall)

Third semester courses Credit hours
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 18773
GEC 116 Public Affairs - Public Issues3
CFD 305 Multicultural Studies in Child and Family Development3
GEC 112 Human Cultures - The Arts3
Content area coursework3
Total hours15

Fourth semester (spring)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
PSY 101 Psychology for Personal Growth3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
GEC 115 Public Affairs - Cultural Competence3
Content area coursework3
Total hours15