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Child and Family Development Program at UCM Ranked Nationally

By Alex Wilson, May 27, 2021

Child Development

WARRENSBURG, MO – has ranked the University of Central Missouri’s Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development third in the nation among other child development degree programs. The program, offering both on-campus and online course options, was ranked highly because of its flexibility, value and strong course content.


The program, now merited and nationally recognized, is a Certified Family Life Educator Approved Program through the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). The NCFR is the oldest nonprofit nonpartisan multidisciplinary professional association focused solely on family research practice and education and is the oldest nonprofit nonpartisan multidisciplinary professional association of its kind.


Students enrolled in the program can expect to be equipped with knowledge and abilities to help them succeed in their careers. Students will not only learn and develop their skills but will also evolve these skills to the next level to better understand complicated concepts present in the field of human development and family science. The program has and will continue to bring success to many students who graduate from the program while continuing to enhance the next generations of child and family development career workers.


As part of the School of Human Services in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, the program will prepare aspiring students to serve in a variety of industries that include education, social services and government, which are hiring individuals knowledgeable about child development.


Opportunities are also available for graduates who want to become child life specialists, a field that is expected to increase by 7 percent in the next few years.

“The Child and Family Development Program is an outstanding program with great students and faculty,” said Dr. Jaimee L. Hartenstein, program coordinator and assistant professor of child and family development at UCM. “The program and faculty are constantly seeking opportunities to enhance the student experience and engagement in the classroom and beyond. We are thrilled with the recognition and look forward to continuing to provide an engaging learning experience for students.”


The UCM Child and Family Development program offers flexibility and students benefit from highly dedicated faculty members. For more information, contact Hartenstein at, or visit the Child and Family Development webpage.



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