Family and Child Studies Major, Families, Children and School Settings Concentration with Teacher Certification Teacher in Grades P-3 (B.A.)

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.

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
FCST 214Child Development I3
FCST 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
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

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (P-3)

Pre-Professional Sequence
Pre-Professional Core
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
ECEL 216Arts and Creative Expression in Early Childhood3
ECEL 417Problem Solving in Science, Math, and Technology in Early Childhood Classrooms3
ECEL 420Building Programs and Community in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
PSYC 235Psychology of Exceptional Children and Youth3
Reading Requirement
ECEL 219Language and Literature for Young Children3
or READ 209 Children's Literature for a Multicultural Society
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
Health for Teacher Education
Select one of the following: 13-4
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
Mathematics Requirement
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
Clinical Experience/Pre-Student Teaching
ECEL 411Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms2
or ECEL 410 Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Elementary and Early Childhood Classrooms
ECEL 413Seminar I: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms1
or ECEL 412 Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms
ECEL 435Content Integration and Assessment in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms3
Professional Semester
ECEL 415Clinical Experience II: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms8
or ECEL 414 Clinical Experience II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms
ECEL 419Seminar II: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms1
or ECEL 421 Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms
Total Credits51-52

 Or pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy.