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Early Childhood Development and Learning Major, B.A., B.A.A., B.S.

B.A. degree; B.S. degree; B.A.A. degree

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This major is also offered via Global Campus/CMU Online.

Early Childhood Development and Learning is a field of study that examines the growth and development of children birth through age eight, within the context of teaching and working with children in educational and social settings. The courses in this major meet the course work requirements for early childhood education and preschool teaching by the Michigan Department of Education and the training guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), providing students with education, training, and skills to work with children and families from diverse backgrounds. This major is especially appropriate for students who plan on working in non-elementary school early childhood settings such as child care centers, preschools, Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Students interested in the teaching of young children within the elementary school setting should refer to the Early Childhood Development and Learning major on the B.S. in Education degree.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

  1. Student must have completed or currently be enrolled in HDF 100 or EDU 280 or PSY 220 and must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in order to declare a major.
  2. Student must have a minimum program GPA of 2.7 in order to graduate with this major.
  3. Student must receive a grade of C+ or better in HDF 302, HDF 303, HDF 402, HDF 403, and HDF 409 in order to graduate with this major.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

EDU 280Education of Children

3(3-0)

HDF 100Lifespan Development

3(3-0)

PSY 220Developmental Psychology

3(3-0)

Development and Family Courses (15 hours)

HDF 301Infant Toddler Practicum Experience

1-3(Spec)

HDF 302Infant and Toddler Development

3(3-0)

HDF 303Early Childhood Development

4(Spec)

HDF 309Families, Schools, and Communities

3(3-0)

HDF 400Developmental Assessment of Children

3(3-0)

Learning Courses (14 hours)

HDF 200Constructivism as a Tool for Learning

2(2-0)

HDF 402Guidance for Young Children

3(Spec)

HDF 403Best Practices in Early Childhood Settings

3(3-0)

HDF 508Early Childhood Program Administration and Leadership

3(3-0)

SPE 585Early Childhood Special Education

3(3-0)

Trends and International Applications Courses (3 hours)

Select one of the following in consultation with advisor:

CSD 230Introduction to Speech, Language, and Hearing Disabilities/Differences

3(3-0)

FNS 378Maternal and Infant Nutrition

3(3-0)

HDF 213/WGS 213Introduction to Human Sexuality

3(3-0)

HDF 308Theories of Child and Adolescent Development

3(3-0)

HDF 320HDFS International Service Learning

3-6(Spec)

HDF 321International Reggio-Inspired Early Childhood Learning

3(Spec)

HDF 397Special Topics in Human Development and Family Studies

1-6(Spec)

HDF 490Independent Study in Human Development and Family Studies

1-6(Spec)

HDF 497Special Topics in Human Development and Family Studies

1-15(Spec)

HDF 510Child Development Seminar: Promoting Resilience

3(3-0)

HDF 597Special Topics in Human Development and Family Studies

1-15(Spec)

Capstone (8 hours)

HDF 409Lead Teaching in Early Childhood

8(Spec)

Total: 43 semester hours