Associate of Applied Science in Child and Family Development
- 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?
- 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?
- Warm and affectionate?
- Caring and calm, even in trying 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.
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
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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