Missouri State University

School Age Development Emphasis

The development of a child

The school age development program prepares you to teach in before- and after-school child care programs.

As a student in this program you will study the following areas:

  • Child developmental needs
  • Appropriate curriculum for children ages 6-12
  • Guidance techniques for children ages 6-12

You will also have the opportunity to developm and supervise learning experiences, conduct activities, handle daily routines and respond to individual and group needs.

Four-year graduation 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
CFS 120 or KIN 253/257 - Family Health2
BIO 102 Principles of Biological Science4
SOC 150 Introduction to Society3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines3
Total hours15

Third semester (fall)

Third semester courses Credit hours
CFD 260 Supervised Experience in the Child Development Laboratories4
Self-Understanding/Creativity & 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
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
CFD 257 Principles of Development in Middle Childhood3
Psychology Elective3
Self-Understanding/Humanities3
CFD 250 Parenting in Contemporary Society3
Total hours15

Sixth semester (spring)

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
CFD Elective3
CFD 560 Family Involvement in Early Childhood Programs3
CFD 360 Planning and Implementing Curriculum for Child Development Centers5
CFD 301 Play as Development3
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 Electives3-5
Total hours17

Eighth semester (spring)

Eighth semester courses Credit hours
CFD 466 Internship in Programs for Children, Youth, Adults, and Families6
Upper Division CFD Electives3
Upper Division CFD Electives3
General Elective3-4
Total hours16