Child Development

MSU's Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Child Development is a non-teaching area of concentration for students interested in studying the stages of child development and factors that impact the development of children. The BA in Child Development will prepare you for a career working in or managing private child care and day care programs. You will gain knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices and will prepare instruction and learning environments for children with and without disabilities. Graduates of our program are equipped to design early childhood programs that follow state child care regulations and are able to articulate child development management strategies.

MSU also offers a child development associate credential. The child development associate credential program (CDA) is a training program which offers nine hours of University approved coursework. These nine credit hours (three, three-hour courses) fulfill the mandatory 120 clock hours of training needed to apply for the CDA credential. After training is completed, students go through an assessment process designed and implemented by the National Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition to determine their competence in working with young children. If they successfully complete the process, a CDA credential is awarded. The CDA credential may be obtained in a center-based setting at a preschool (3 to 5 years old) and/or infant/toddler (birth to 3) endorsement, or a family child care (birth through age 5) setting by the National Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition (NCEEPR). For more information about the child development associate degree, contact the Teacher Education Services for Child Care Services, 210 Ginger Hall or call 606-783-2896.

Options

  • Bachelor of Arts in Child Development
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

Program Requirements

You must meet MSU's general admission requirements.

Career Opportunities

Child development programs will prepare you for a career working in or managing private child care and day care programs.

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate. 

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