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Children and Families, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Dearborn Heights, MI, United States
The Children and Families program of University of Michigan-Dearborn empowers you to become a strong, skilled advocate for children and families, by developing both a deep understanding of child development and the challenges children and families face within today’s diverse socio-economic and cultural contexts.
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We’re building stronger communities by making a positive impact on the lives of families. Families come in all shapes and sizes, but whatever their form, they’re one of the most basic building blocks of our communities.

After you complete your studies, you can put your passion and expertise to use in a variety of settings. Graduates of the Children and Families program of University of Michigan-Dearborn work as educators in Head Start and childcare centers, serve as teachers or administrators in programs designed for young children, and help power agencies that advocate for young people and families.

What will I Learn?

  • Knowledge and understanding of child development—physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and aesthetically.
  • Knowledge and understanding of children and families in socio-economic and cultural contexts.
  • Knowledge and skills to understand the principles of an effective early childhood classroom.
  • Opportunities to achieve competence in early childhood education as a profession.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Psychology of Child Development
  • Early Childhood Special Needs
  • Child Maltreatment & Trauma
  • Family/School/Community Collaboration
  • Early Childhood Leadership & Administration
  • System of Care

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Submitted online application
  • Official high school academic documents
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12240 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12240 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5928 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dearborn Heights

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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