Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Undergraduate Programs


Child Development - Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Child Development degree program combines a basic education in child development and family studies with a broad general education and preparation related to employment in early childhood education settings. Students will choose either a concentration in Elementary Education Teacher Certification, which requires admission to the teacher preparation program, or a concentration in Preschool Teaching in an Early Childhood Setting.

Elementary Education Teacher Certification course work prepares graduates to work in the early grades of primary schools, kindergarten through third grade and to meet the requirements to earn an Elementary Education Teaching Certificate (kindergarten through fifth grade) with an Early Childhood General and Special Education Endorsement.

The Preschool Teaching in an Early Childhood Setting concentration prepares graduates to work in early childhood settings such as Head Start and preschools and in other child-related fields such as policy, health care, or administration. Students in the Preschool Teaching in an Early Childhood Setting concentration will be required to complete an independent study experience such as study abroad, study away, experiential learning, internship, or undergraduate research.  The child development major is appropriate for students interested in working with young children, birth through age eight.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development. Students pursuing the Elementary Education Teacher Certification concentration will be required to complete more than 120 credits.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Child Development major is met by completing Human Development and Family Studies 321.  This course is referenced in item 3. a. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree except for students pursuing the Elementary Education Teacher Certification concentration.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                 
  a. All of the following courses (26 credits):  
    CEP 240 Diverse Learners in Multicultural Perspective 3
    HDFS 211 Child Growth and Development 3
    HDFS 320 Interaction with Children in Groups 3
    HDFS 320L Interaction with Children – Laboratory 1
    HDFS 321 Curriculum for Children (W) 3
    HDFS 321L Curriculum for Children – Laboratory 1
    HDFS 322 Infant Development and Program Planning 3
    HDFS 421 Assessment of the Young Child 3
    HDFS 424 Student Teaching in an Early Childhood Program 6
  b. One of the following concentrations:  
    Elementary Education Teacher Certification  
    Completion of an Integrated Teaching Major in Integrated Science, Language Arts, Mathematics,or  Social Studies. For additional information, refer to the statement on TEACHER CERTIFICATION in the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog.  
    Preschool Teaching in an Early Childhood Setting  
    1. All of the following courses (15 credits):  
      HDFS 145 The Individual, Marriage and the Family 3
      HDFS 414 Parenting 3
      HDFS 442 Ethnic Families in America 3
      HDFS 472 Evaluation of Human Service Programs 3
      HDFS 473 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 3
    2. One of the following courses (1 to 3 credits):  
      Students must seek advisor approval prior to enrolling in one of these courses.  
      HDFS 490 Independent Study 1 to 3
      HDFS 497 Topics in Human Development and Family Studies 1 to 3
      SSC 490 Special Topics in Social Science 1 to 3

Early Care and Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Care and Education, is a collaborative, multi-institutional limited enrollment program. This degree focuses on the intellectual, social, emotional, and biological development of children. It includes planning and design of related human services and care/educational settings and preparation related to employment in early childhood education settings. The program provides instruction in parent-child relations, parenting practices, special needs of children, parental and environmental influences on child development, caregiver-child interactions, external support services, and related public policy issues. Designed for active duty military, spouses, retired and Department of Defense employees, rural head start teachers and off-campus students, the program provides flexibility for working professionals who need to maintain employment while advancing their educational opportunity.

The College of Social Science, in collaboration with The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA), offers this program by faculty from multiple land-grant universities: Michigan State University, Iowa State University, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, Oklahoma State University, South Dakota State University, and Texas Tech University.

Students will earn this degree from their home institution while also enrolling for courses at other participating institutions.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and of the College of Social Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be admitted, students must apply via their home institution and plan their course of study under the guidance of their academic advisor. Michigan State University students follow established University admission procedures to the College of Social Science and the Early Care and Education major. Students must have a minimum of 30 credits applicable to the graduation requirements of the admitting institution with an earned minimum grade-point average of 2.5.

Michigan State University students should contact the Department of Human Development and Family Studies for guidance on the completion of this program.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Care and Education

  1. The University requirements for the bachelor’s degree as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Care and Education.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Early Care and Education major is met by completing Human Development and Family Studies 406.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    1. All of the following courses which are taught online as part of the Great Plains IDEA Alliance (51 credits):
Child Development (ages 0-3)
Child Development (ages 4-8)
Professional Development in Early Care and Education
Child Guidance and Classroom Environments
Health, Safety and Nutrition in Early Care and Education
Practicum I: Child Observations in Classroom Environments
Development of Curriculum for Children (ages 0-3)
Development of Curriculum for Children (ages 4-8)
Assessment and Observations in Early Care and Education
Understanding and Adapting for Developmental Differences in Early Care and Education
Practicum II: Lesson Planning
Working with Families in Early Care and Education
Technology and Young Children
Diversity in the Lives of Young Children and Their Families
Administration and Supervision in Early Childhood Settings
Practicum III: Capstone Experience (W) [HDFS 406]

Students must have access to a high-quality preschool or head start classroom for their three practicum experiences.


Human Development and Family Studies - Bachelor of Arts

Graduates will be committed to improving the health and well-being of diverse individuals and families across the lifespan through research, teaching, and professional practice. Recognizing, understanding and addressing the central role of diversity and interdependence among families and communities is a core value of graduates. Students gain knowledge of basic research and the application of research to improving the lives of individuals in the context of the family, the community, and policy. Practical experience in real-world settings is incorporated into the degree program.  Students are prepared to work in community and governmental agencies and organizations that provide human services within changing societies and serve children, youth, and families. Upon graduation, students may apply for provisional certification as a Family Life Educator and with additional work experience they can earn full certification.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development and Family Studies

  1. The University requirements for the bachelor’s degree as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Studies.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Human Development and Family Studies major is met by completing Human Development and Family Studies 345. This course is referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major.
                   
    a. All of the following courses (46 credits):  
      HDFS 145

    The Individual, Marriage, and the Family

    3

      HDFS 225 Lifespan Human Development in the Family

    3

      HDFS 270 Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies

    4

      HDFS 345 Principles of Family Studies (W)

    3

      HDFS 414 Parenting  

    3

      HDFS 442 Ethnic Families in America

    3

      HDFS 444 Interpersonal Relationships in the Family

    3

      HDFS 445 Human Sexuality

    3

      HDFS 447 Management of Human Service Programs

    3

      HDFS 448 Child and Family Policy

    3

      HDFS 454 Family Financial Management

    3

      HDFS 472 Evaluation of Human Service Programs

    3

      HDFS 481 Research and Quantitative Methods in Human 3
            Development and Family Studies  
      HDFS 493 Internship   6

 


Human Development and Family Studies - Bachelor of Science

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies

  1. The University requirements for the bachelor’s degree as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Human Development and Family Studies major is met by completing Human Development and Family Studies 345. This course is referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major.
                   
    a. All of the following courses (46 credits):  
      HDFS 145 The Individual, Marriage, and the Family

    3

      HDFS 225 Lifespan Human Development in the Family

    3

      HDFS 270 Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies

    4

      HDFS 345 Principles of Family Studies (W)

    3

      HDFS 414 Parenting  

    3

      HDFS 442 Ethnic Families in America

    3

      HDFS 444 Interpersonal Relationships in the Family

    3

      HDFS 445 Human Sexuality

    3

      HDFS 447 Management of Human Service Programs

    3

      HDFS 448 Child and Family Policy

    3

      HDFS 454 Family Financial Management

    3

      HDFS 472 Evaluation of Human Service Programs

    3

      HDFS 481 Research and Quantitative Methods in Human 3
            Development and Family Studies  
      HDFS 493 Internship   6

     


     


Minor in Youth and Society

The Minor in Youth and Society, administered by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, is an enhanced interdisciplinary program of study designed to assist students in understanding the development of youth in societies globally, with particular attention to the dynamic interaction of youth, their families, and the societies in which they live.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs in the College of Social Science. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult their major undergraduate advisor in the College of Social Science.

Requirements for the Minor in Youth and Society

Complete 15 credits from the following:

1. The following course (3 credits):
HDFS 212 Children, Youth and Family 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
CJ 220 Criminology 3
HST 250 History and Technology of the Digital Age 3
HST 413 Families in Historical Perspective 3
PSY 444 Developmental Psychology: Adolescence through Youth (W) 3
SOC 316 Youth and Society 3
SW 471 Child Welfare 3
SW 475 School Violence: Causes and Interventions 3
3. Two of the following courses (6 credits):
CEP 261 Substance Abuse 3
COM 225 An Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 3
COM 275 Effects of Mass Communication 3
CSUS 445 Community-Based Environmental and Sustainability Education 3
EAD 361 Educational Reform and Policy Analysis 3
HNF 150 Introduction to Human Nutrition 3
TE 353 International Education 3
4. The following capstone course (3 credits):
HDFS 412 Ecological Perspective of Adolescents 3