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Child and Family Development Undergraduate Program

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Help children and families flourish

Be a helpful part in the lives of others. Care for kids’ well-being and growth. Assist families as they change and deal with struggles.

Track options

Customize this major based on your goals and needs.

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Track

Child development

Guide newborns and children up to age 8 as they learn, grow and develop.

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Track

Child life

Become a child life specialist – someone who works with children in hospitals or health care settings.

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Track

Family studies

Aid families or individual family members in any life stage.

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Track

Youth development

Teach kids (6-12 years old) outside of the traditional school setting.

Already have a major?

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Minor

Child and family development

Consider a minor that supports families and communities.

Why major in child and family development at Missouri State?

  • Gain the know-how needed for careers where you work with children and families.
  • Get a custom education through one of our four option areas. Learn from faculty who have expertise in their area.
  • Join student organizations and connect with current professionals in the field or classmates. Build your network while in school and find future job leads.
  • Make a difference in many lives and the community around you.
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Careers and outcomes

Explore your potential career paths

Assist youth and families in need.

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Internship

Gain experience in your track option area

Apply classroom theory and learning to your future career field.

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