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Child Development and Family Studies Major Map

Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: College of Education and Human Services
Areas of Emphasis: Child Development (Non-Certification), Family and Youth Studies, Preschool Education, Birth-Age 4, Preschool Special Needs, PreK-K
Pathways: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Education

Our hands-on program will prepare you for jobs in nursery schools, child care centers, infant-care and after-school programs, and many other settings. You’ll get real-world experience at the WVU Nursery School and through internships at local agencies and care centers.

Academics

Fall
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • MATH 121 Introductory Concepts of Mathematics Exclamation Point
    3
  • CDFS 101 Introduction to Child Development and Family Studies
    1
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Elective
    3
16
Spring
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • CDFS 110 Families Across the Life Span Exclamation Point
    3
  • CDFS 112 Introduction to Marriage and Family
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Take the Focus 2 Assessment
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Consult Off-Campus Housing to find an apartment for your sophomore year

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Take a language course
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Exercise daily
  • Download a chillPACK at well.wvu.edu
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event
  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 2

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall
  • Complete the financial literacy course
  • Attend a career fair

Academics

Fall
  • CDFS 210 Introduction to Parenting A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
  • CDFS 212 Early Childhood Development Exclamation Point A B in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    4
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Elective
    3
16
Spring
  • CDFS 250 Research Methods and Data Analysis
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Courses
    9
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Find a faculty mentor

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Visit the Outdoor Education Center and participate in a Challenge Course or Canopy Tour
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Make a friend from another country
  • Become an Adventure WV student leader
  • Join a student organization

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Spend a day without technology
  • Become a level 1 Bystander Trainer
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Drop in to a meditation class in the Health and Education Building
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Join a club sport team
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Submit your resume to Career Services

Academics

Fall
  • Area of Emphasis Courses
    9
  • Electives
    6
15
Spring
  • Area of Emphasis Courses
    9
  • Electives
    7
16
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Become a tutor or mentor in your major
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend an Outdoor Rec Center weekend trip
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a Ring Day ceremony (where you will receive your WVU class ring)
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Work on a community service project
  • Attend the Festival of Ideas
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Become a Student Wellness Ambassador Leader
  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one
  • Join an intramural team

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Attend a career fair
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Sign up for an internship interview
  • Attend the Sophomore/Junior Fair during your fall semester to explore studying abroad, internships, career choices and more
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)

Academics

Fall
  • CDFS 413 Contemporary Issues in Family Relations
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Courses
    9
  • Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • SPED 304 Special Education in Contemporary Society Exclamation Point
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Courses
    6
  • CDFS 491 Professional Field Experience
    1-18
10
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Sign up for graduation
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Take a picture in front of Woodburn Hall with your graduation attire
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Sit in the Senior Spirit Section (Section 121) at the home football games

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Explore community service opportunities in Greek Life
  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Become a Student Wellness Ambassador Leader
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend a career fair
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Sign up for an interview
  • Participate in a practice job interview session

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