Associate of Applied Science in Child and Family Development

Do You...

  • Enjoy working with children and their families?
  • Respect children as individuals?
  • Like to be in an active, ever-changing environment where the needs of children and their families come first?
  • Have good communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal?
  • Enjoy listening and helping others to learn and solve problems?
  • Have a healthy self-esteem?
  • Serve as a positive role model for others?
  • Deal with conflict openly, comfortably and constructively, without becoming upset, vengeful or defensive?

Are you...

  • Alert and sensitive to others' need and do you use this sensitivity to anticipate what might happen in given situations?
  • Honest in monetary and non-­monetary matters?
  • Emotionally stable?
  • Flexible?
  • Warm and affectionate?
  • Caring and calm, even in trying situations?
  • Interested in ongoing professional development?
  • Dependable?

If you answer yes to most or all of these questions you might want to consider a career in Child and Family Development.

Child and Family Development (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science
General Education Core RequirementsCredit Hours
CIS 101 Computers for Learning 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
IDS 110 Student Success 2
MTH 103 Intermediate Algebra or above
(Except MTH 197 Introductory Topics in Mathematics or MTH 297 Mathematic Topics in Globalization)
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
PSY 121 Introduction to Psychology 3
General Education Core 20
Child and Family Development Core RequirementsCredit Hours
CFD 110 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
CFD 150 Introduction to Child and Family Development 1
CFD 155 Principles of Human Development 3
CFD 160 Principles of Development in Early Childhood 3
CFD 163 Relationships in Today's Families 3
  • CFD 204 Management of Early Childhood Programs
  • CFD 563 Administration of Programs
  • CFD 234 Assessment Strategies and Techniques in Early Childhood
  • CFD 562 Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • CFD 244 Working with Young Children with Special Needs
  • CFD 560 Family Engagement
CFD 250 Parenting in Contemporary Society 3
CFD 255 Principles of Development in Infancy 3
CFD 257 Principles of Development in Middle Childhood 3
CFD 260 Supervised Experience in the Child Development Laboratories 4
CFD 261 Play as Development 3
CFD 297 Internship in Planning and Implementing Curriculum for Child Development Centers (capstone course) 5
Child and Family Development Core 43
Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Total Hours 63

The Family Care Safety Registry, administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, provides families and other employers with a method to obtain background screening information. The Registry, through various state agencies, offers several resources to screen child-care, long-term care and mental health workers:

  • State criminal history and sex offender registry records maintained by the Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Child abuse/neglect records maintained by the Missouri Department of Social Services
  • The Employee Disqualification List maintained by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
  • The Employee Disqualification Registry maintained by the Missouri Department of Mental Health
  • Child-care facility licensing records maintained by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
  • Foster parent records maintained by the Missouri Department of Social Services

The University, in conjunction with the partnering laboratory site, will submit all paperwork on behalf of all students declaring the Associate of Applied Science in Child and Family Development degree and/or those enrolled in CFD 160 Principles of Development in Child and Family Development, CFD 255 Principles of Development in Infancy, CFD 260 Supervised Experience in the Child Development Laboratories and CFD 297 Internship in Planning and Implementing Curriculum for Child Development Centers to the Family Care Safety Registration for background screening. This program requires registration in the Family Care Safety Registry. Findings that prevent a student from participating in a licensed and accredited childcare center will disqualify the student from completion of this program of study.

Missouri State University students are able to complete the following degrees in their entirety on the West Plains campus:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Child and Family Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development
  • Master of Early Childhood and Family Development

For more contact:

A Few Careers in Child and Family Development

Options for associate's and bachelor's degree recipients*

  • 4-H Programs
  • Accreditation Reviewer
  • Activity Director-Camps
  • Activity Director-Cruise Lines
  • Addiction Counselor
  • Adolescent Transition Specialist
  • Adoption Programs
  • Adult Education Instructor
  • Advocacy-local, state, national
  • Author-Children's Books
  • Babies Can't Wait
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Birthright
  • Board of Education
  • Boys and Girls Town
  • Brook Haven School for Boys
  • Business Manager
  • Camp Director
  • Career Coach
  • Career Counselor
  • Case Aide-Visitation Worker
  • Case Planning Services
  • Case Worker/Case Manager
  • Center for Family Research
  • Child Abuse Interviewer
  • Child Abuse Investigator
  • Child Advocacy Centers
  • Child and Youth Services Coordinator
  • Child Birth Coach
  • Child Care Center Teacher
  • Child Care Director
  • Child Care Lobbyist
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Child/Family Advocate
  • Childbirth Instructor
  • Children's Clothing Designer
  • Children's Librarian
  • Children's Musician
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Coach
  • Community Recreation Programs
  • Community Service Agencies
  • Community Support Specialist
  • Conference Officer
  • Consumer Protection Agencies
  • Counselor
  • County Extension Programs
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate
  • Crisis Liaison
  • Crisis Nursery Programs
  • Curriculum Development Specialist
  • Development Specialist-Toys
  • Developmental Disability Worker
  • Director of Family Development Agency
  • Disability Resource Agencies
  • Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs
  • Educare/Project REACH
  • Education Liaison
  • Educational Therapist
  • Equine Therapist
  • Event Coordinator
  • Family Advocate
  • Family Court Advocate
  • Family Educator
  • Family Mediator
  • Field Program Specialist
  • Fire Marshall-Inspector
  • First Steps Coordinator
  • Food Service Supervisor
  • Foster Parent Programs
  • HiSET®/GED® Programs
  • Geriatric Programs
  • Gifted Education Programs
  • Government Agencies
  • Group Home Administrator
  • Half Way House Counselor
  • Head Start & Early Head Start
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Health Educare
  • Home School Academies
  • Home Visitor
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Hospitals
  • House Parent-Halfway House
  • Human Resources
  • Investigator-Criminal
  • Juvenile Correctional Officer
  • Juvenile Counselor
  • Juvenile Detention Facilities
  • Juvenile Justice Attorney
  • Juvenile Literacy Programs
  • Juvenile Officer
  • Juvenile Probation Officer
  • Legislator
  • Licensing Specialist
  • Life Skills Worker
  • Literacy Programs
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Mentor/Tutor
  • Mother's Day Out
  • Nanny Positions
  • Narcotics Counselor
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Paraprofessional
  • Parent-Child Educator
  • Parenting Programs
  • Parents as Teachers
  • Patient Care Advocate
  • Pediatric Nutritionist
  • Peer Mediator
  • Per-Course Instructor-College
  • Pet Therapy
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Play/Art Therapy
  • Policy Analyst
  • Preschool Programs
  • Preschool-Head Start Teacher
  • Prison Parenting Programs
  • Program Coordinator
  • Program Director
  • Project Adventure
  • Public Assistance Program Specialist
  • Public/Private Schools
  • Rehabilitation Aid
  • Remediation Specialist
  • Research Technician
  • Residential Counselor
  • Resource Coordinator
  • School Age Programs
  • Scouting Programs
  • Special Education Programs
  • Teach for America
  • Teacher's Aid
  • Teen Parenting Programs
  • Therapist-Art, Music
  • Transition Coordinator
  • Victim's Witness Advocate
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • WIC Dietician
  • Wilderness Based Program Coordinator
  • YMCA & YWCA Programs
  • Youth Care Worker
  • Youth Counselor
  • Youth Minister
  • Youth Program Coordinator
  • Youth Services Organizations
  • Youth Specialist
  • Youth Treatment Manager

*Some Careers and Agencies Require Specific Training and/or Certification.

Students are strongly encouraged to confirm the transferability of individual courses to other institutions prior to enrollment. Not all courses will transfer or satisfy specific degree requirements for bachelor’s degrees