Associate of Applied Science in Child and Family Development
- Enjoy working with children and their families?
- Like to be in an active, ever-changing environment where the needs of children and
their families come first?
- Deal with conflict openly, comfortably and constructively, without becoming upset,
vengeful or defensive?
- Alert and sensitive to others' need and do you use this sensitivity to anticipate
what might happen in given situations?
- Interested in ongoing professional development?
If you answer yes to most or all of these questions you might want to consider a career
in Child and Family Development.
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
- Associate of Arts in Child and Family Development
- Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development
- Master of Early Childhood and Family Development
Child and Family Development's Mission
Missouri State University-West Plains' Child and Family Development strengthens and
enhances the well-being of children, adults, and families, by supporting research,
education, and extension in the following areas:
- Prenatal care,
- Early childhood health, nutrition, and care,
- Material health,
- Parenting education, and
- Adult family relationships
A Few Careers in Child and Family Development
Options for associate's and bachelor's degree recipients*
- Child and Family Services
- Child Entertainment
- Community Program Coordinator
- Disability Programs
- Family Advocate
- Foster care and Adoption jobs
- Government jobs
- Juvenile Advocate
- Protective Services
- Public/Private Schools
- Recreation Worker
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counselor
- Youth Care
*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 degrees