Early Child Development Emphasis

Understanding what children need

The early childhood development emphasis is designed to provide you with a stong, broad-based understanding of children and their developmental needs and to prepare you to work with children in a variety of settings. If you want to work in settings such as child welfare, Head Start, domestic violence agencies or serve as a program director for infant and child care centers, the courses offered in this concentration will be beneficial to you.

Four-year degree plan sample schedule

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
ENG 110 Writing I3
CFD 155 Principles of Human Development3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
CFD 163 Relationships in Today's Families3
Culture and Society/Humanities3
CIS/CSC 101 - Computers for Learning2
CFD 150 Introduction to Child and Family Development1
Total hours16

Second semester (spring)

Second semester courses Credit hours
CFD 160 Principles of Development in Early Childhood3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches3
BIO 102 Principles of Biological Science4
SOC 150 Introduction to Society3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines3
CFS 120 or KIN 253/257 - Family Health2
Total hours17

Third semester (fall)

Third semester courses Credit hours
CFD 260 Observing, Assessing, and Creating Activities for Young Children4
Self-Understanding/Creativity and Vision3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
Total hours16

Fourth semester (spring)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
BMS 130 Essentials of Nutrition3
HST 121 or 122 - Survey of U.S. History3
Natural World elective4
CFD 257 Principles of Development in Middle Childhood3
Total hours16

Fifth semester (fall)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
CFD 455 Infants and Toddlers: Development and Program Planning4
Psychology Elective3
Self-Understanding/Humanities3
CFD 250 Parenting in Contemporary Society3
Total hours16

Sixth semester (spring)

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
CFD 360 Planning and Implementing Curriculum for Child Development Centers5
CFD 560 Family Involvement in Early Childhood Programs3
CFD 361 Principles of Family Development3
CFD 301 or 350 or 532 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
PSY 441 Psychology of Adolescence3
CFD 305 Multicultural Studies in Child and Family Development3
CFD 563 Administration of Programs for Children and Families3
CFD 562 Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect3
General Elective3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

Eighth semester courses Credit hours
CFD 466 Internship in Programs for Children, Youth, Adults, and Families6
Upper Division CFD elective3
Upper Division CFD elective3
General Elective3
Total hours15