Child Development Major: General Concentration

Why study child development at CMU?

The child development program at CMU explores the growth and development of children - from infancy through adolescence. This program addresses several areas of study - elementary education, early childhood, and general studies - and prepares students for graduate studies and a variety of interesting and challenging careers. Consider these key features distinguishing this program at CMU:

  • Practical experience working with children through CMU's Human Growth and Development Laboratory
  • Career enhancement through service learning activities, internship opportunities, and a required senior capstone experience
  • Professional development through organizations such as the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Opportunity to live and learn in the state's only residential college designed for students interested in the fields of education and human services

Career outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for all occupations through the year 2014:

  • Programs to improve early childhood education, such as full day kindergarten and universal preschool, along with projected higher enrollment growth for preschool age children will create many new jobs for preschool teachers.
  • Wage and salary jobs in the child day care services industry are projected to grow 38 percent.
  • Employment of preschool age teachers is expected to grow 27 percent or more.

Career options

Graduates of the child development program at CMU will find careers in a variety of areas. Some of these may require additional education.

  • Head Start Program Coordinator
  • School-Readiness Teacher
  • Private/Traditional Preschool Teacher
  • Child Care Facility Owner/Director
  • Child Advocate
  • Child Development Trainer
  • Community Activity Director
  • Youth Services Director

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

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Child Development Major:General Concentration

Child Development is an interdisciplinary field of study that examines the growth and development of children in their social contexts. The general plan of study is a flexible major designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers in human and service settings working with children and families. It may also be used as preparatory training for graduate studies in child developmental and professional programs in health- and counseling-related fields. All students must take Section I - Core Requirements and select a concentration.
Total: 36 semester hours
Core Courses I
(12 hours)
Development and Professional Foundations
HDF 100
Lifespan Development
HDF 219
Field Work
HDF 307
Parent-Child Relations
HDF 308
Theories of Child and Adolescent Development
Core Courses II
(3 hours)
Family, Diversity, and Developmental Context Select one of the following:
HDF 211
Marriage and Close Relationships
HDF 291
Human Environmental Studies: Family Ecology
Core Courses III
(3 hours)
Family, Diversity, and Developmental Context Select one of the following:
HDF 110
Oppression: Roots and Impact on Human Development in the United States
HDF 212
Families in Cultural Perspective
SPE 126
Introduction to Special Education
SPE 550
Teaching Culturally Diverse Students
Required Courses I
(6-7 hours)
Developmental Emphasis Select two of the following courses:
HDF 302
Human Growth and Development: Infancy
HDF 303
Early Childhood Development
HDF 306
Adolescent Development
HDF 510
Child Development Seminar: Promoting Resilience
Required Courses II
(3 hours)
Professional Methods Select one of the following courses:
HDF 319
Family Studies Skills and Methods
HDF 414
Human Development and Family Studies Research Methods
HDF 506
Practicum in Parent Involvement
Required Courses III
(1-12 hours)
Professional Methods Select one of the following:
Students must complete one of the required Professional Methods courses in Required Courses II prior to enrollment in HDF 419 or HDF 490.
HDF 419
HDFS Internship
HDF 490
Independent Study in Human Development & Family Studies
(2-6 hours)
Electives to complete minimum 36 hours required for major. Any course not used from above list to fulfill requirements may be used for elective credit. Additional approved electives include:
Note: Select only one of: CDO 130 OR 230; PSY 322 OR 324; SOC 222 OR 412; TAI 373 OR 585.
CDO 130
Normal Speech and Language Acquisition
CDO 230
Introduction to Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders
ENG 381
Children's Literature
HDF 213/WST 213
Introduction to Human Sexuality
HDF 315
Family Management Theory
HDF 411
Families in Social, Legal, & Political Contexts
HDF 508
Early Childhood Program Administration and Learning Environments
IET 232
Technology for Children
PSY 322
Psychology of Infancy and Early Childhood
PSY 324
Childhood and Adolescence
RPL 206
Recreation Activities Leadership
SOC 222
Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 412
Sociology of Adolescence
TAI 373
Oral Interpretation for Children
TAI 585
Creative Dramatics

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