Children and Families
Designed for students who wish to complete an associate degree with the goal of working in early childhood settings such as home care and day care centers, Head Start, the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), and public school pre-kindergarten programs. It may be used as a terminal degree or a degree transferable to universities with four-year programs in Children and Families.
HFC has an articulation agreement with Madonna University. Students completing the Associate in Arts in Children and Families degree may continue their studies at Madonna University with no loss of credit hours.
- Analyze age appropriate children's literature for use in early childhood classrooms.
- Apply knowledge and understanding of effective strategies, tools, and use of hardware for teaching in the early childhood classroom, through the appropriate use of technology.
- Use developmental knowledge and skills to create an environment that supports each child's health, physical, nutritional, and safety needs.
- Use present knowledge of child development to create a safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate learning environment that is culturally respectful and inclusive
- Create environments that are supportive of the child's individual characteristics and developmental needs as supported by theoretical perspectives and current research.
- Apply knowledge about the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities.
- Create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and involve all families in their children’s development and learning.
- Use systemic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in partnership with families and other professionals to positively influence children’s development.
- Apply knowledge of children’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive changes from birth-five to teaching.
- Analyze age appropriate children's literature for its use in the early childhood classroom with infants, toddlers, and preschool children.
- Evaluate books for children birth-five for criteria such as color, pictures, words, language, bias, theme, storyline, racial stereotypes, and cultural diversity.
- Design and conduct investigations using appropriate scientific methods and techniques by developing critical thinking skills to generate answers to questions that can be investigated empirically.
- Explain proper protocol to be followed for maintaining safety in the classroom.
- Apply developmentally appropriate practices to teaching and learning.
- Apply ethical guidelines and professional standards related to early childhood practices.
All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.
Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.
The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC's General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Arts degrees require at least 24 General Education credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:
Civil Society & Culture: Complete the following:
Communication: Complete the following:
Computer Technology: Complete this course:
Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete the following:
Quantitative Literacy: Complete one of the following:
- MATH-100: Basic Technical Mathematics
- MATH-1091, MATH-1092, MATH-1093, and MATH-1094, OR MATH-110: Intermediate Algebra
- MATH-112: Trigonometry
- MATH-115: College Algebra
- MATH-121: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
- MATH-131: Mathematics for the Modern World
- MATH-141: Introduction to Statistics
- MATH-150: Finite Mathematics
- MATH-153: Calculus for Business, Life Science, and Social Sciences
- MATH-175: Precalculus
- MATH-180: Calculus I
- MATH-183: Calculus II
- MATH-221: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
- MATH-225: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers III
- MATH-280: Calculus III
- MATH-283: Linear Algebra
- MATH-289: Differential Equations
NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 24
Wellness Group: Degree-Specific Requirements for Wellness are Fulfilled within the required support courses for this program.
Humanities: Complete at least 2 Humanities credits, including any Humanities courses taken from the General Education Civil Society &Culture group, from the following:
- Art (ART); Dance (DNCA); English (ENG) (except ENG-131, ENG-132, ENG-135); Foreign Language (Arabic (ARA), Chinese (CHN), French (FRE), German (GER), Italian (ITAL), Spanish (SPN)); Humanities (HUM); Interior Design (INTR); Journalism (JOUR); Music (MUS); Philosophy (PHIL); Telecommunication (TCM); Speech Communications (SPC); Theatre (THEA), Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL), or World Religions (WR).
Complete a total of 8 Science and Mathematics credits (including any Science and Mathematics courses taken from the General Education: Quantitative Literacy group) from courses in:
- Astronomy (ASTR), Atmospheric Studies (ATMS), Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHEM), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geology (GEOL), Mathematics (MATH), Physical Science (PSCI), Physics (PHYS), Science (SCI).
Social Science: Degree-Specific Requirements for Social Science are fulfilled within the General Education Civil Society and Culture group.
NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific minimum credits: 7
Required Core Courses
Required Support Courses
Individuals employed in child development centers must provide evidence of a current physical exam, current TB test, and a Department of Human Services (DHS) clearance. An Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) may be required by some placement facilities.
Requirements are Subject to Change
Students completing 120 clock hours in CHD classes may apply for the CDA certificate through the Council for Professional Recognition.
- Madonna University
- University of Michigan - Dearborn
- Wayne State University
- Eastern Michigan University
- Home group care professional
- Lead teacher
- Teacher assistant
- Program director
- In-home care provider/owner