Associate of Arts in Child and Family Development

Child and Family Development (AA)

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts in Child and Family Development degree is a transfer degree and contains the Missouri Higher Education Core Transfer Curriculum (Core 42), including specific general education and child and family development courses needed to facilitate transfer. This academic guide is based on the 2023-2024 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.

Written Communications Credit Hours
ENG 110 Writing I 3
Writing II: Select three (3) credit hours
  • ENG 210 Writing II: Academic Writing OR
  • ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions
Oral Communications Credit Hours
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Mathematical Sciences Credit Hours
MTH 130 Contemporary Math or higher (Except MTH 197 and MTH 297) 3
Natural Sciences Credit Hours
Select four (4) credit hours of Biology, including 1 lab component
  • BIO 100 Biological Science for Educators (4) (lab) OR
  • BIO 101 Biological Concepts AND
  • BIO 111 Understanding Biological Systems Through Inquiry (4)
Select a minimum of three (3) credit hours of natural science courses, from the list of approved Natural Sciences Core 42 courses. 3
Social and Behavioral Science Credit Hours
CFD 155 Principles of Human Development 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Civics: Select three (3) credit hours
  • HST 121 Survey of US History to 1877 OR
  • HST 122 Survey of US History Since 1877 OR
  • PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship
Humanities and Fine Art Credit Hours
Select nine (9) credit hours from the list of approved Humanities and Fine Arts Core 42 courses. 9
Additional General Education Credit Hours
Select six (6) credit hours from the list of approved Core 42 courses. 6
Institutional Requirements Credit Hours
CIS 101 Computers for Learning 3
IDS 110 Student Success 2
Child and Family Development Requirements Credit Hours
CFD 110 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
CFD 150 Introduction to Child and Family Development 1
CFD 163 Relationships in Today's Families 3
CFD 250 Parenting in Contemporary Society 3
CFD 298 Child and Family Development Capstone 1
CFD Elective 1
Child and Family Development (AA) 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.