Children and Families

Program Information

Program Code: 
Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts
Year Established: 
Social Science - (313) 845-9625 -

The Children and Families program provides 60 credits in General Education requirements and child development courses. It is designed for students who wish to complete an associate degree. It may be used as a terminal degree or a degree transferable to universities with four-year programs in Children and Families.

Career Opportunities: 

Children and Families degree graduates may choose to work as children’s institution attendants, school child care attendants, nursery school attendants, or child monitors in private homes. Graduates wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree may transfer most if not all coursework and apply it towards a bachelor’s degree.

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Wayne State University

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

People working in child development centers must provide evidence of a current physical exam, current TB test, and a Department of Social Services (FIA) clearance.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60 (Including Options/Electives)

Required Support Courses

Complete one of the following courses:
ART 121, ART 122, ART 123, ART 135, ART 224, ART 280,
HUM 101, MUS 130, MUS 132, MUS 133, MUS 232, and/or MUS 240.
Complete one of the following courses:
ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 233, ENG 235, ENG 236, ENG 237,
ENG 239, ENG 241, ENG 243, ENG 248, WR 130, WR 131,
WR 232, WR 233, and/or WR 240.
Complete one of the following courses:
HIST 151, POLS 131, and/or SOC 131.
Complete 8 credit hours from the following courses:
MATH 121, SCI 210, SCI 212, SCI 213, ASTR 131,
ASTR 131 and ASTR 133, BIO 130, BIO 131, BIO 138, BIO 139,
BIO 141, BIO 143, BIO 150, BIO 152, BIO 233 and BIO 234, BIO 251,
CHEM 131, CHEM 132, CHEM 141, CHEM 142, CHEM 241,
CHEM 242, CHEM 243, CHEM 244, GEOL 131, PSCI 131, PSCI 133,
CHEM 243, CHEM 244, GEOL 131, PSCI 131, PSCI 133, PHYS 120,
PHYS 120, PHYS 121, PHYS 131, PHYS 132, and/or PHYS 133.

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Arts Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

General Education

General Education: 

Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Arts degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education when applicable.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.