Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certiication.
College of Social Science Department of Human Development and Family Studies Undergraduate Programs Child Development - Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts in Child Development degree program combines a basic education in child development and family studies with a broad general education and preparation related to employment in early childhood education settings. Students will choose either a concentration in Elementary Education Teacher Certification, which requires admission to the teacher preparation program, or a concentration in Preschool Teaching in an Early Childhood Setting.
Elementary Education Teacher Certification course work prepares graduates to work in the early grades of primary schools, kindergarten through third grade and to meet the requirements to earn an Elementary Education Teaching Certificate (kindergarten through fifth grade) with an Early Childhood General and Special Education Endorsement.
The Preschool Teaching in an Early Childhood Setting concentration prepares graduates to work in early childhood settings such as Head Start and preschools and in other child-related fields such as policy, health care, or administration. Students in the Preschool Teaching in an Early Childhood Setting concentration will be required to complete an independent study experience such as study abroad, study away, experiential learning, internship, or undergraduate research. The child development major is appropriate for students interested in working with young children, birth through age eight.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development
The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development. Students pursuing the Elementary Education Teacher Certification concentration will be required to complete more than 120 credits.
The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Child Development major is met by completing Human Development and Family Studies 321. This course is referenced in item 3. a. below.
The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree except for students pursuing the Elementary Education Teacher Certification concentration.
The following requirements for the major:
All of the following courses (26 credits):
Diverse Learners in Multicultural Perspective
Child Growth and Development
Interaction with Children in Groups
Interaction with Children – Laboratory
Curriculum for Children (W)
Curriculum for Children – Laboratory
Infant Development and Program Planning
Assessment of the Young Child
Student Teaching in an Early Childhood Program
One of the following concentrations:
Elementary Education Teacher Certification
Completion of an Integrated Teaching Major in Integrated Science, Language Arts, Mathematics,or Social Studies. For additional information, refer to the statement on TEACHER CERTIFICATION in the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog.
Preschool Teaching in an Early Childhood Setting
All of the following courses (15 credits):
The Individual, Marriage and the Family
Ethnic Families in America
Evaluation of Human Service Programs
Administration of Early Childhood Programs
One of the following courses (1 to 3 credits):
Students must seek advisor approval prior to enrolling in one of these courses.