Family and Child Studies Major, Families, Children and School Settings Concentration (B.A.)(Combined B.A./M.A.T with Teacher Certification in Grades P - 3 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities.)

The Bachelor's/MAT Dual-Certification Inclusive Education Program provides students with the opportunity to receive both a bachelor's and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree with teacher certification in both general education and special education.  The program is designed to help teachers develop competencies needed to teach students who have disabilities along with those who do not.

In this program, students complete general education and major requirements and an initial set of coursework in education as undergraduates. As graduate students, they will complete the coursework in education and conduct their fieldwork and student teaching.

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 Children3
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
Graduate Courses
These courses will also count toward the MAT portion of this program
ECSE 506Observation and Assessment of Young Children with Disabilities: Birth to Age 83
ECSE 508Strengthening Partnerships with Families of Children with Disabilities3
READ 519Language and Early Literacy Development3
Total Credits45

 Courses also count toward 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, or pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy: 3-4
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
Honors Seminar in Science
Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Science
Principles and Practice of Emergency Care
Professional Sequence
Undergraduate Professional Sequence I
FCST 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
or SPED 279 Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education
Undergraduate Professional Sequence II
ECEL 216Arts and Creative Expression in Early Childhood3
ECEL 420Building Programs and Community in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms3
ECSE 305Development and Learning in Children With and Without Disabilities3
Undergraduate Professional Sequence III
ECEL 417Problem Solving in Science, Math, and Technology in Early Childhood Classrooms3
FCST 418Working with Diverse Families and Children3
Total Credits45-46