Child and Family Development Major

Program highlights
Multiple program formats
Regional locations
Extensive career opportunities

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Program description

The child and family development major is focused on preparing individuals to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children and their families in a variety of settings. This program meets State of Michigan requirements for child care center directors. It does not provide Michigan Teacher Certification. Recent graduates hold positions with Great Start, Migrant Head Start, and YWCA; in child development centers, youth programs, alternative education settings, hospitals, and faith-based organizations; as early childhood educators, child life specialists, and parent educators.

This is not a teachable major. Information for students seeking a teaching certification as an Early Childhood Specialist with a ZA endorsement should see the B.S. Elementary Education (Early Childhood) program page.

Learning Pathways

There are two ways to complete classes in this major:

  1. Face-to-face
    Classes at the main campus or regional site
  2. Online/hybrid
    Classes online with periodic, required, on-campus sessions

To learn more about these options, please visit Extended University Programs

Advising

Transfer students interested in online/hybrid or face-to-face:
For more information or to schedule an advising appointment contact Linda Dove.

Non-transfer students interested in online/hybrid or face-to-face:
To schedule an advising appointment, contact Advising.

Careers

Recent graduates have found work in positions as:

  • Activities Directors—Nursing Home
  • Extension Children, Youth and Family Agents
  • Family Educators
  • Family Service Field Associates
  • Family Specialists, Even Start
  • Home Visitors, Head Start and Early On Programs
  • Juvenile Court Workers
  • Parent Involvement Specialists
  • Scout/Youth Organization Executives

Certification

This program has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations and graduates may choose to become Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE). This certification enhances employment opportunities and verifies professional credibility for educators who work with families.

Classes

For class listings, program guides and other resources, visit the advising page for the child and family development major.

Faculty

Internship/field experience

The Professional Experience Program allows students to extend their academic work with on-the-job training in child care, human service and nonprofit organizations. The program is supervised by WMU faculty in cooperation with management personnel in the field. Students independently locate sites that fit with their long-term career goals.

Transfer students

Contact Linda Dove.