Child and Family Development

Child and Family Development

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Offered through Human Studies

@ Florissant Valley | Forest Park | Meramec

The Child and Family Development program offers you a variety of degree options and pathways of study. You will investigate leading theories of child development and methodologies for curriculum planning and assessment. Through class lectures, observation studies, field work with mentor teachers, service learning and opportunities for discussion with award-winning faculty, students will engage with the best practices designed for the study of early education. The associate in applied science degree is a two-year program of study with coursework in early education, child development and family studies. When you complete the AAS degree you can find employment as a teacher or director in early childhood settings, including preschool programs, teacher assistant in elementary schools or as parent educator working within the community.

Required Courses

The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.

Child and Family Development (AAS)

Program Coordinator

Jasmin Marshall





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Flexible Schedule

St. Louis Community College offers online courses that can lead to the completion of the certificate program in Child and Family Development. The college is continually adding online courses toward the completion of the AAS degree.

Career Options

A degree in Child and Family Development prepares graduates for teaching and working in a wide range of programs and agencies that serve young children and their families. For students who are interested in child and family development, STLCC prepares them to work with young children from infancy through age eight in a variety of settings such as preschool, day care, before and after school care, teacher assistant in an elementary school, or for management positions such as a program director.

Want to take classes online?

Whether you are beginning work on an online degree or certificate program or taking one or two courses online to accommodate your busy schedule, STLCC Online can help you prepare for success.

Gainful Employment 

The gainful employment regulation requires nondegree programs at community colleges to meet minimum thresholds with respect to the debt-to-income rates of their graduates. You can view the information for the previous version of this program, Early Care and Education, here as reported to the Department of Education.


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