Associate of Applied Science in Child and Family Development

Child and Family Development (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science in Child and Family Development is designed to prepare students for a career in child and family development. This academic guide is based on the 2021-2022 Missouri State University–West Plains Catalog. The time to complete the degree will vary, depending on remediation, summer enrollment, number of classes taken per semester, etc.

General Education Requirements Credit Hours
CIS 101 Computers for Learning 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
IDS 110 Student Success 2
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Civics: Select three (3) credit hours
  • HST 121 Survey of US History to 1877  OR
  • HST 122 US History Since 1877  OR
  • PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship
Mathematical Sciences: Select three (3) credit hours
General Education Total 20
Child and Family Development Requirements Credit 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 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 5
Select two (2) of the following:
  • CFD 204 Leadership and Advocacy for Children and Families
  • CFD 244 Working with Young Children with Special Needs
  • CFD 275 Behavior Management and Guidance
Child and Family Development Total 40
Child and Family Development (AAS) Degree Credit Hours
Total Hours Required 60
Degree Notes:
  1. Math requirements exclude MTH 197 and MTH 297.
  2. Students are required to complete a minimum of three (3) credit hours of math regardless of placement.
  3. Electives must be approved by the department.
  4. Students should confirm transferability of courses with their transfer university before completing courses at MSU-WP.