Program Overview

Western Michigan University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development for students who want to prepare for the tasks that are a part of being an educator for young children or as an advocate for children and families, who work to improve family relationships. Students will learn about the psychological and social development of children from young ages to near adolescence and learn to work with families in order to work with families in a variety of settings. Topics include administration of child development centers, raising children in contemporary societies, and early childhood assessment and curricula. 

Students who successfully earn this degree should have proven their mastery of the ability to demonstrate their knowledge of child development and learning and study effective programs and practices in the child and family services field, to critically examine issues, trends, and current research in the child and family development services, and to understand foundational theories of research and practice related to the child and family development services. In addition, students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to apply their own values, beliefs, and biases and use this understanding to improve their work with children, families, and organizations, and to broaden their knowledge of issues related to equity and inclusion and learn to address inequities and advocate for children and families.

This degree has been approved and certified by the National Council on Family Relations for Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE).

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Students have option to complete entire degree, or 68 credits are required for students with an approved associate's degree entering the bachelor-completion program. Two campus experiences required on main campus (Kalamazoo). 

    High school diploma or GED equivalent. Official transcripts. ACT/SAT entrance exam.

    School Overview

    Western Michigan University is a four year public research university that is located on a suburban campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan. WMU was founded in 1903. WMU works to reflect a globally engaged, dynamic university that combines the resources of a national research university with the personal attention and support that are typically found at a small college, which gives students an advantage in graduate school, the workplace and life. WMU is a research university that is learner-centered and builds intellectual inquiry and discovery into its academic programs in a manner that fosters knowledge and innovation, and turns wisdom into action. WMU provides leadership in teaching, learning, research and service, and has a commitment to enhancing the future of those living around the world.

    Students at Western Michigan University can choose a comprehensive range of degrees and certificates from the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Aviation
    • Haworth College of Business
    • College of Education and Human Development
    • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    • College of Fine Arts
    • College of Health and Human Services
    • Lee Honors College
    • Graduate College
    • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    • Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

    Western Michigan University integrates distance education coursework and programs, adding greater flexibility and convenience for students. Students taking courses online continue to have access to student resources offered on-campus.


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