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Warrensburg, MO 64093
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Child and Family Development

"What Can I Do With a Major in...Child and Family Development?"

Why Major in Child and Family Development?

Students will be:

  • Able to think critically about problems and issues facing children and families.
  • Prepared to use developmentally appropriate practices to promote the optimal development of diverse children and families.
  • Competent to assume leadership roles in programs providing direct and support services to children and families.
  • Articulate advocates for justice for families and children in both public and private arenas.
  • Aware of and sensitive to ethical implications in their professional relationships with diverse families and children.

Related Career Titles

4-H Program Assistant Group Home Administrator
Addiction Counselor Head Start Curriculum Specialist
Activity Director for Senior Citizen Facility Hospital Child and Family Specialist
Activity Therapist Hospital Youth Program Planner
Adoption Agency Counselor House Parent - Halfway House
Adult Education Instructor Human Resources
Author, Children’s Books Human Rights Officer
Before and After School Program Coordinator Juvenile Court Caseworker
Birth to Three Service Coordinator Juvenile Officer
Business Manager Manufacturing Consultant
Camp Director Marketing Coordinator
Case Manager Marriage and Family Therapist
Caseworker Marriage Counselor
Child Abuse Counselor Maternal and Child Health Education Coordinator
Child Advocate Mental Health Counselor
Child Care Center Director/Teacher Narcotics Counselor
Child Care Director Nursery School Director
Child Care Licensing Specialist Parent as Teacher Educator
Child Development Specialist Parenting Educator
Child Development Coordinator Pediatric Dentist
Child Life Administrator Pediatric Medical Assistant
Child Life Assistant Pediatric Rehabilitation Counselor
Child Life Specialist Play Therapist
Child Mental Health Specialist Preschool Educator
Child Protection Social Worker Pre-School Teacher
Child Protective Services Specialist Professional Nanny
Child Psychologist Program Director
Child Support Enforcement Specialist Public Health Specialist
Child Welfare Professional Recreation Coordinator
Child/Family Researcher Recreation Therapist
Childbirth Instructor Rehabilitation Counselor
Clinical Research Associate Research Technician
Community Development Programmer Residential Counselor
Community Outreach Specialist Resource Teacher
Community Services Administrator Sales Manager
Consumer Protection Agent Sales Representative - Child Care Products
County Extension Agent Senior Center Manager
Curriculum Development Specialist Senior Program Specialist
Early Childhood Interviewer Shelter Manager
Educational Therapist Social Welfare Worker
Elementary School Guidance Counselor Special Education Teacher
Event Coordinator State Licensing Representative
Family Advocacy/Public Policy Specialist Substance Abuse Counselor
Family Advocate Teacher/Instructor
Family Life Counselor Teen Parent Educator
Family Life Educator Textbook Editor
Family Mediator Therapist
Family Planning Educator Toy Designer
Family Services Youth Counselor
Family Shelter Director Youth Minister
Family/Youth Activities Coordinator Youth Program Coordinator
Foster Care Professional Youth Program Director
Half-way House Counselor

Related Job Listings/Job Search Website

Federal Government
Missouri State Government
Nonprofit Connect
Social Service Job

Affiliated Organizations

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Association for Childhood Education International
Central Society of Child and Family Development (UCM)
Child Life Council
Child Welfare League of America
Council for Professional Recognition
International Nanny Association
Missouri Head Start Association
National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP)
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
National Board of Certified Counselors
National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers
National Council on Family Relations
National Head Start Association
Parents as Teachers
PreMarriage and Family Therapy Club (UCM)
The Center for the Child Care Workforce

Four-Year Academic Plan

Child and Family Development Major, B.S. Degree


The career paths listed are those which are commonly associated with this area of study and in no way does this site attempt to suggest that these are all of the career paths possible. Some of the career paths listed may require additional education, training, development, licenses and/or certifications. Listings of resources such as job listings, web links, professional organizations, library publications, and other information found on this page are believed to be accurate and true at the time published. The "What Can I Do With A Major In..." database is reviewed and updated every year in July. While no list is truly exhaustive, if you feel something should be added, deleted, changed or updated on this page, please contact the Career Services Center by e-mail at and an out-of-cycle change will be completed.

Who Can Help Me?

Sarah Cavanah

Director/Career Development Coordinator