Multiple program formats
Extensive career opportunities
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.
There are three ways to complete classes in this major:
Classes at the main campus or regional site
Classes online with periodic, required, on-campus sessions
- Online with Campus Experiences (OCE)
Classes online with a 2 ½ day on-campus experience required at the start of your program, and again at the completion of your degree. Students selecting this option will only be required to come to campus these two times.
To learn more about these options, please visit Extended University Programs
Transfer students interested in online/hybrid or face-to-face:
For more information or to schedule an advising appointment contact Linda Dove.
All students interested in Online with Campus Experiences (OCE):
For more information about OCE or to schedule an advising appointment contact Kimberly Doudna, Ph.D.. Skype appointments available upon request.
Non-transfer students interested in online/hybrid or face-to-face:
To schedule an advising appointment, contact Advising.
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
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.
For class listings, program guides and other resources, visit the advising page for the child and family development major.
- Blaisure, Karen
- Chen, Jou-Chen
- Dickey, Bryce
- Doudna, Kimberly
- Dove, Linda
- Duncan Lane, Crystal
- Gullón-Rivera, Ángel
- Millar, Robin
- Peake, Marcy
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.
Contact Linda Dove.