Child Development (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

This is a draft edition of the 2024-2025 catalog. Information contained within is subject to change.

With the child development degree, students can explore various careers in working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-grade children. The course work focuses on the biological and psychological progression of children, from their infancy stages through their early childhood years. With an increasing focus on the factors that impact the development of children, the study of child development prepares students for many professional roles focused on serving the needs of children and their families.

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42
Major Requirements
CRJ 110Introduction to Juvenile Justice3
EDU 150Psychological Development for Children & Adolescents for Educators3
EDU 300Introduction to Early Childhood Education 13
EDU 313Family, Community, and Schools: Partnering for Young Children3
EDU 314Issues & Trends in the Education of Young Children and the Management of Programs for Young Children3
EDU 315Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child 23
EDU 316Organizing, Developing, and Managing Environments for Young Children3
EDU 334Play-Based Instruction 13
EDU 344Early Childhood Assessment 13
EDU 348Language Development for Educators 13
EDU 374Literacy Development in Early Childhood 33
EDU 379Project Construct Coaching Practicum1
PSY 101General Psychology3
PSY 240Life-Span Developmental Psychology3
PSY 319Child/Adolescent Psychology3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 230Social Problems3
SOC 330The Family3
SWK 410Family and Child Welfare3

EDU 202 Introduction to Education will be waived as a prerequisite for Child Development majors.


EDU 202 Introduction to Education and EDU 203 Participation in Teaching I will be waived as a prerequisite for Child Development majors.


EDU 325 Introduction to Reading and Language Arts Methods will be waived as a prerequisite for Child Development majors.

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework.
  2. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.50.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.