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 working with children and families.
  • 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 option 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, Child Life Student Association and Advocating for Families and Children, you will have opportunities to network and connect with other students and working professionals.


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Track options

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

The program offers specialization in four track options:

Youth Development

This track puts students on course to emerge as professionals who can enhance the lives of children ages 6-12 years while working in a variety of settings.

Child Development

This track is designed to provide students with a strong, broad-based understanding of children and their developmental needs.

Family Studies

This track will prepare students to help families and/or individual family members in a variety of settings.

Child Life

This track prepares students to pursue a career as a child life specialist.

A minor that supports families and communities

The child and family development minor supplements course work for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Social Work degrees.

Inspiring Academics

Unique resources and opportunities help you find your place – at Missouri State and beyond.