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.
Recent graduates have found work in positions as:
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.
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 at or (269) 387-3716 for advising.