Children and Families

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

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 per-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.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Analyze age appropriate children's literature for its 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 uses of technology
  • Use developmental knowledge and skills in early childhood 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 are 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 sterotypes, 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

Degree-Specific Requirements

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.

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Complete one course from the Wellness Group:

  2. Complete 8 Humanities credits from courses in:

    Art, Dance, English (except ENG-131, 132, 135), Foreign Language, Interior Design, Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Science in Western Culture, Telecommunications, Speech, Theatre, World Religion

  3. Complete 8 Science and Mathematics credits from courses in:

    Astronomy, Atmospheric Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics

  4. Complete 8 Social Science credits from courses in:

    Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology

Required Support Courses

Complete one of the following courses:
ART 121, ART 122, ART 123, ART 135, ART 224,
HUM 101, MUS 130, MUS 132, MUS 133, MUS 232
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
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,
PHYS 120, PHYS 121, PHYS 131, PHYS 132, and/or PHYS 133.
Minimum Credit Hours: 

Elective Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

Complete as many Electives credits as necessary to meet the minimum number of credit hours to receive your associate degree.

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

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. An ICHAT (Internet Criminal History Access Tool) may be required by some placement facilities.

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.

Other Information

Registry / Certification / Licensure Exam Information: 

Students completing 120 clock hours in CHD classes may apply for the CDA certificate through the Council for Professional Recognition.

Year Established: 
Program Code: 
Other - Academic
Child Development


Social Science, Arts, and Fitness Division • (313) 845-9625 • • Fine Arts Bldg • Room: F-140
Marlene White • (313) 845-6311 • • Liberal Arts • Room: L-301A

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 HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC 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:

  • Madonna University
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Wayne State University
  • Eastern Michigan University
Career Opportunities: 

Home group care professional
Lead teacher
Teacher assistant
Program director
In-home care provider/owner