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Child and Family Development

Bachelor of Science Degree

The Child and Family Development program at UCM provides a comprehensive curriculum rooted in sound theoretical framework and contemporary research, hands-on professional learning experiences with children and families in varied settings, strong support and valuable guidance, and leadership opportunities.

Why choose Child and Family Development at UCM?

  • Curriculum is guided by the National Council of Family Relations Core Competencies.
  • You'll gain hands-on experiences through courses, volunteer work, student organizations and campus activities.
  • Due to the massive retirement of the baby boomer generation, there is an increasing demand for child and family development professionals at the state and federal level.

What will I study?
You'll acquire a strong foundation for understanding development at all ages and be prepared for leadership roles in child and/or family related careers, such as early care and education, human services and parent education.
Courses include:

  • Individual and Family Relationships
  • Observation of Children
  • Family Systems and Lifespan Development
  • Parent-Child Interaction
  • Youth Culture and Development

What can I do with a degree in Child and Family Development?

  • Addiction Counselor
  • Child Abuse Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Professional Nanny
  • Youth Program Director

How can I get involved outside the classroom?
At UCM, we value an engaging learning experience that includes student involvement and service-learning projects.

  • The Central Society of Child and Family Development is a major specific student organization that provides you with networking and professional development opportunities.

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About our Faculty:
The student to faculty ratio at UCM is 17 to 1, which allows professors to get to know you and provide personalized attention.
Child and family development faculty members all have doctoral degrees in child and family development. Additionally, faculty members have professional work experience in human service agencies. Faculty members conduct applied research and present papers at international, national and state conferences.

Learn more about Child and Family Development at UCM
Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development
660-543-8744

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"The time I had at UCM definitely prepared me for teaching. I was able to build up resources that have helped me in the classroom."
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