Family and Child Studies Major, Families, Children and School Settings Concentration (B.A.) (Combined B.A./M.A.T with Teacher Certification in Grades K- 6 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities.)

The Dual Degree Dual Certification program is a 5-year program that leads to teacher certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6, teacher certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities, a baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree. Interested students must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program as an undergraduate. Students must successfully complete the undergraduate portion of the program in order to be admitted to the Graduate School and complete the one-year master’s portion of the program.

Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required undergraduate professional sequence of courses, overall course outline, and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students also are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook.

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Requirements for the graduate portion of this dual degree program can be found here.
Family and Child Studies Core
FCST 200Introduction to Family Studies3
FCST 304Research Methods for Studying Families and Children3
FCST 348Individual and Family Development Over the Life Course3
FCST 418Working with Diverse Families and Children 13
FCST 445Poverty and Families3
FCST 315Field Experiences in Family and Child Services3
or FCST 316 Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children
Developmental Core
FCST 214Child Development I 13
FCST 314Child Development II: Adolescence 13
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology 13
Major Electives
Select 9 credits of the following:9
Professional Orientation
Family in Society
Interpersonal Relations
Social Gerontology: The Study of Aging
Women in Contemporary Society
Introduction to Child Life
Infant Development
Techniques for the Study of Child Personality
Family Stress and Coping
Exploring Family Diversity
Dynamics of One-To-One Communication
The Family in the Economic System
Volunteer in the Community
Group Dynamics
Individual and Professional Development in Family and Child Studies
Comparative Studies of Global Families
Field Trip Experiences in Family and Child Studies
Death and Bereavement in the Family
Independent Study
Teaching Daily Living Skills to Special Needs Populations
Organization and Management of Child Care Centers
Fieldwork Experience in Family and Child Studies: The Hospitalized Child
Gender Development Across the Life Course
Parenting Skills and Resources
Play Techniques in Working with Children
Adult Development and Aging
Peer Counseling
Theories and Techniques of Group Processes
Money Management
Action Approaches to Personal Awareness
Aging and Social Policy
Family Sociology
Challenge of Aging
Gender in a Changing World
Immigrant Families
Families in Later Life
Individual and Family Problem-Solving
Senior Seminar
Advanced Research Methods in Family and Child Studies
Workshop in Family and Child Studies
Sibling Relationships
Child in the Community
Special Studies in Family and Child Services
Evidence-Based Family Policy and Analysis
Family Counseling
Family Management
Total Credits36

 Also counts towards Teacher Ed Program Requirements. Credits only counted once.

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (BA/MAT)

Pre-Professional Sequence
Pre-Professional Requirements
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
FCST 214Child Development I3
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
Health for Teacher Education
Select one of the following: 23-4
Biological Sciences
Biology for Survival
The Biology of Human Life
Human Heredity
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Personal Health Issues
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Study of Human Diseases
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Human Sexuality
Health Education Methods
School Health and Community Services
Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals
Principles and Practice of Emergency Care
Honors Seminar in Science
Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Science
Professional Sequence
Undergraduate Professional Sequence I
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
FCST 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
Undergraduate Professional Sequence II
ECEL 408Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
ECSE 305Development and Learning in Children With and Without Disabilities3
FCST 418Working with Diverse Families and Children3
Undergraduate Professional Sequence III
ECEL 427Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms3
ECSE 439Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom3
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
Graduate Courses
ECSE 508Strengthening Partnerships with Families of Children with Disabilities 33
ECSE 536Observation and Assessment of Elementary Age Children with Disabilities 33
READ 515Literacy Strategies for the Inclusive Elementary Classroom 33
Total Credits60-61

 Or pass the MSU Health knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy


 These courses will also count toward the MAT portion of this program.