Missouri State University

Childhood Education and Family Studies
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Our department is a community of scholars dedicated to developing transformational leaders, who excel in meeting the diverse educational needs of children and families in Missouri, our nation, and the world.

Through teaching, research, and service, the childhood education and family studies department is committed to be a model and resource for enhancing the quality of life and promoting the inherent rights of children and families.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Josephine Agnew-Tally (head)
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

901 South National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Child and Family Development
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Intro to Teaching
  • Intro to Teaching Elementary Education (Clinical and Field Experience)
  • The Early Childhood Education Professional
  • Intro to Special Education
  • Instilling Applications of Technology and Media
  • School and Society
  • Emerging Literacy and Communication Arts
  • Social Studies and Sociomoral Development
  • Mathematics and Science for Young Children
  • Infants and Toddlers: Development and Program Planning
  • Foundations of Reading Instruction
  • Curriculum for Early Childhood Education
  • Assessing Young Children
  • Methods of Teaching Reading and Literary Arts in Elementary
  • Practicum (Methods of Teaching Reading and Literary Arts in Elementary)
  • Children's Literature
  • Foundations of Math for Teachers
  • Supervised Teaching (Infant/Toddler Settings)
  • Supervised Teaching (Preschool/Kindergarten Settings)\
  • Supervised Teaching (Primary Settings)
  • Intro to Child and Family Development
  • Principles of Human Development
  • Principles of Development in Early Chldhood
  • Relationships in Todays Families
  • Special Topics
  • Parenting in Contemporary Society
  • Principles of Development in Middle Childhood
  • Supervised Expierence in Child Development Lab
  • Special Topics
  • Play As Development
  • Service Learning
  • Outdoor Play
  • Multicultural Studies
  • Separation and Loss
  • Seminar
  • Chldhood Illness, Injury, Disease, and Disorder
  • Working with the Hospitalized Child
  • Principles of Family Developmnt
  • Families in Later Life
  • Prep for Professional Internship
  • Special Topics
  • Therapeutic Play
  • Infant and Toddler Development
  • Administrative Programs in Child & Family Development
  • Internship
  • Practicum in Child & Fam Development
  • Issues in Child & Family Development
  • Family Advocacy
  • Principles of Family Life Education
  • Family Involvement Early Childhood
  • Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

Early Childhood Education

Why study early childhood education at Missouri State? Our program gives you the following opportunities:

You will receive a well-rounded experience in both early childhood education and family development, enriching your education.;Not only will you learn the theory and practice of teaching, but you will also gain knowledge of the development of the actual student.;You will participate in a wide variety of field placements and hands-on experiences before you even begin your student teaching so that you can feel comfortable and confident in the classroom.

Our early childhood education program is the only program in the state of Missouri that houses both early childhood education and family development in the same department. This highly competitive program will prepare you to successfully teach young children. Upon graduating you will have earned a Missouri teaching certificate, certifying you to teach from birth through grade 3.

Our program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Education and accredited by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Child and Family Development

Why study child and family development at Missouri State?

You will graduate with the skills necessary to prepare you for a wide variety of careers in many different fields.;Our courses teach you how you can make a difference not only in the lives of individuals and families, but also in the greater community both locally and around the world.;You may choose an emphasis area to customize your degree.;Our faculty offers a wide range of expertise and backgrounds so that you can gain the most from your education.;Through participation in our student organizations, you will have opportunities to network and connect with other students and working professionals.

The child and family development major focuses on human development, behavior and interpersonal relationships throughout the lifespan. Our faculty members aim to prepare students to work with people, particularly with children, youth and families, in areas of human service. The CFD program is a unique design because it provides you with the following four emphasis areas:

Child life;Early childhood development;Family development;School age development

The child and family development (CFD) program is a comprehensive major offering you a variety of programs, including the following specializations and services:

Researched-based teaching/learning strategies;Interactive lectures;Experiential activities;Cooperative learning projects

Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Orientation to Early Childhood & Family Development
  • Advanced Human Development Studies
  • Advanced Family Studies
  • Trends & Issues in Early Childhood Education
  • Programming & Policy for Early Childhood Settings
  • Children and Families in a Diverse Society
  • Proprosal Development
  • Seminar in Early Childhood and Family Development
  • Educational Research Methodologies
  • Thesis Work
  • Family Advocacy
  • Principles of Family Life Education
  • Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Community Engagement
  • Home/School/Community Relationships
  • Field Experiences in Early Childhood Education
  • Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • The Educational Role of Play
  • Literacy in Early Childhood
  • Family Literacy
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Early Childhood and Family Development
Masters Comments

Why continue your education with the early childhood and family development graduate program?

You will receive a core education in the three areas of early childhood education, child development and family development.;You can choose one-third of your classes to create a program that fits your needs.;Our faculty is committed to meeting our student's professional needs.;Our degree is not just a set of classes, but a preparation of the whole professional.;There are multiple opportunities to learn outside of the classroom in a number of workshops, professional organizations, on-site activities and research projects.;You set your pace. You can take one course a semester or finish in three semesters.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.

Program Approved Since
CFLE Contact
Jim Meyer, Ph.D., CFLE
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