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This online Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science with a concentration in Child Development program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of children and families. Students enrolled in this program will learn about typical and atypical child development and will graduate with knowledge of working with children and families in an effort to support positive child outcomes. Graduates are qualified to work as teachers and administrators in early childhood programs, child development specialists in a variety of settings, or in child advocacy. Students who intern under the supervision of a licensed teacher have the opportunity to obtain a Mississippi Pre-K/K-5 teaching license.

Program highlights:

  • The child development concentration explores the growth and development of children (conception until early childhood) within the family system and sociocultural milieu.
  • Students develop an awareness of trends, issues and public policy affecting young children and their families and analyze factors that influence cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development in the contexts of culture and family.
  • Students participate in real-world application internships in settings that align with the students’ career goals.
What are some potential careers?

The coursework for this program prepares students to become competent early care and education professionals, parent educators, child advocates, and early interventionists within the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Graduates enter diverse public and private sectors which focus on enabling children and families to function effectively in today's complex society. The occupational outlook for students emerging into early childhood education or other areas of human services is excellent, with job predictions maintaining an increase over the next several years. The Human Development and Family Science -Child Development program is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Students completing a major in Human Development and Family Science with a concentration in Child Development and choosing to pursue Pre-K/K licensure take both the Praxis II Education of Young Children (0021/5021) and the Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood (0621/5621).

Who should pursue this degree?
  • Individuals interested in a licensed pre-k/k position in a public or private school setting.
  • A working professional in an early childhood education program seeking to further their education.
  • Students with work or family obligations that would prevent traditional main campus education.
  • Students with an Associate’s degree that wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science.

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