​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

As a child development major, you'll examine the long-range effects of growth and development from birth through adolescence. You will learn how critical the childhood years are for building the foundation for health and well-being across the lifespan. Throughout this program, you can work in real-life settings that lead to careers in the human services field such as child protective services or after school programs. This program can also prepare you for graduate study and with advanced training child development majors may become infant mental health specialists, counselors, social workers, speech therapists, or physician assistants.​​

Points of Pride

CMU is the only university in Michigan and one of three in the nation with a Future Child Advocates of America organization.

Put Your Degree to Work

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Community and Social Service Specialist$42,450 per year13% (115,700 more jobs)
Mental Health Counselor$42,250 per year19% (168,200 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the child development website or contact:

Department of Human Environmental Studies
EHS Building 228
Email: hevdept@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3218

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

Child Development is an interdisciplinary field of study that examines the growth and development of children in their social contexts. The Child Development major is a flexible plan of study 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. Students who take this major cannot minor in Child Development or double major in Family Studies. Students may only double count 9 credits when combining the Child Development Major with the Family Studies Minor.
Total: 37-38 semester hours
Core Courses
(9 hours)
Core HDFS
HDF 100
Lifespan Development
3
HDF 211
Marriage and Close Relationships
3
HDF 307
Parent-Child Relations
3
Required Courses I
(6 hours)
Development Content
HDF 308
Theories of Child and Adolescent Development
3
HDF 510
Child Development Seminar: Promoting Resilience
3
Required Courses II
(7-8 hours)
Development Content Select two classes from the following:
HDF 302
Infant and Toddler Development
4
HDF 303
Early Childhood Development
4
HDF 306
Adolescent Development
3
Required Courses III
(3 hours)
Diversity Select one of the following:
HDF 110
Oppression: Roots and Impact on Human Development in the United States
3
HDF 212
Families in Cultural Perspective
3
HDF 320
HDFS International Service Learning
3-6
SPE 585
Early Childhood Special Education
3
Required Courses IV
(9 hours)
Professional Skills and Methods
HDF 219
Field Work
3
HDF 317
Child Development Skills and Methods
3
HDF 419
HDFS Internship
1-12
Required Courses V
(3 hours)
Professional Skills and Methods Select one of the following:
HDF 400
Developmental Assessment of Children
3
HDF 414
Human Development and Family Studies Research Methods
3
HDF 506
Practicum in Parent Involvement
3