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Child Development, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #93 (WUR) , MI,
Students will gain practical experience working with children by first observing, then planning activities and finally culminating with a semester of student teaching in the MSU Child Development Laboratories (CDL's) which are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

About

The Child Development Laboratories are a multi-cultural experience for students and children and families represent over 20 countries. The Child Development Elementary Education degree program allows students to earn an Elementary Education teaching certificate through the number one ranked College of Education Teacher Preparation program or to complete the State of Michigan approved Preschool Teaching concentration.

Human Development and Family Studies offers degree programs in Child Development (BA) and Human Development and Family Studies (BS or BA). Students choose the option of a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in consultation with their Academic Advisor. We also offer the Online BA in Early Care and Education for transfer students only through the Great Plains IDEA alliance.

This degree program has been approved by the State of Michigan, Department of Education for students. The Child Development Degree program (BA) allows students to choose a concentration in:

  • Elementary Education Teacher Certification (Application required to the MSU College of Education Teacher Preparation Program) or
  • Preschool Teaching in an Early Childhood Setting

Graduates are recognized as having expertise working with young children. These revised standards reflect the knowledge and skills to teach children from birth to age 8 in general education settings, as well as significant knowledge and skills for teaching infants and children with special needs.

All students will gain practical experience working with children by first observing, then planning activities and finally culminating with a semester of student teaching in the MSU Child Development Laboratories (CDL's) which are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Child Development Laboratories are a multi-cultural experience for students and children and families represent over 20 countries. Learn more about the CDL's; their programming and opportunities, by clicking on the link above.

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:
  • Diverse Learners in Multicultural Perspective
  • Child Growth and Development
  • Interaction with Children in Groups
  • Interaction with Children – Laboratory
  • Curriculum for Children
  • Curriculum for Children – Laboratory
  • Infant Development and Program Planning
  • Assessment of the Young Child
  • Student Teaching in an Early Childhood Program

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    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. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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.

Academic Requirements

  • Complete MSU’s application for admission online, including the required personal statement.
  • Pay the $75 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Request that all secondary schools, colleges or universities attended and examination boards send original or attested copies of all transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets and certificates directly to Michigan State University in an official, sealed envelope.
  • Have the testing agency (TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, MSUELT or MELAB accepted).
  • International students are encouraged, though not required, to submit SAT or ACT scores.
  • Do not send letters of recommendation, photographs, portfolios or additional personal essays.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    39461 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39461 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National Applies to you

    39461 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39461 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    14516 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14516 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for East Lansing

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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