Early Childhood and Family Development Graduate Program

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Invest yourself in the success of others

Aid children and families across many settings. Help them develop, grow and reach their full potential.

Get your customized degree on your schedule – you can complete this program fully online.

Degree options

Set your pace. Take one course a semester or finish in three to four semesters. 

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Degree plan


Complete your degree in three semesters.

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Degree plan


Complete your degree in four semesters.

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Degree plan

Accelerated master's

Start on your master’s degree as you finish your bachelor’s degree.

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Careers and outcomes

Explore your potential career paths

Shape a better future. Dedicate your career to improving the lives of kids and families.

Why earn a master’s degree in early childhood and family development at Missouri State?

  • Design your degree to match your career goals and interests. With electives, you can choose up to one-third of your classes. 

  • Build a solid foundation. You will have core classes in early childhood education, child development and family development.

  • Receive a personal touch for your research project. You’ll have one-on-one guidance from faculty.
  • Your degree is not just a set of classes, but a preparation of becoming the whole professional.