The College of Education, Health, and Human Services awards the Bachelor of General Studies degree (BGS) in the following program.
Children and Families BGS
The Children and Families Program is a Bachelor of General Studies degree. This program is a four-year degree program without elementary teaching certification, designed for students who wish to pursue careers in child care centers, teaching and administration, social service agencies or in other work with children and families. The 2+2 Children and Families BGS Program is designed to combine selected two-year community college associate degree programs with two years of coursework at the UM-Dearborn. The associate degrees eligible for this program must be covered by articulation agreements between the community college and the UM-Dearborn, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, or are accepted with permission of the Children and Families academic advisor.
UM-Dearborn students may be admitted to the Children and Families Program with a minimum grade point average of 2.5.
Coursework at Community College
Credits earned to complete designated community college associate degrees will be accepted for the UM-Dearborn BGS degree as lower-division credit (up to a maximum of 62 hours). Courses not applied toward meeting BGS distribution requirements or program prerequisites will be utilized as elective courses or general credit toward the Children and Families BGS degree. (Examples of the variety of community college associate degrees that could be appropriate for this 2+2 program are: Early Childhood Education and Care, and Family Support Services.)
Courses to be taken at UM-Dearborn
Students must complete Composition 227 (at UM-Dearborn).
Students must complete at least 48 hours in courses numbered 300 or above, of which at least 21 hours must be in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. Courses must be distributed such that three areas of focus are developed, including: 1) Child Studies (Area I); 2) Behavioral Studies (Area II); and 3) an Elective area (Area III) to be chosen by the student with advisor approval. A minimum of 27 upper-level hours must be in Child Studies (Area I) and 9 upper-level hours in Behavioral Studies (Area II) must be earned at UM-Dearborn.
The remaining coursework at UM-Dearborn (to total the required 58-60) will be elected from either lower- or upper-division courses. These can be used to complete core requirements, to meet specific prerequisites, or to meet requirements and strengthen background in the Child Studies area.
To complete the program, students must have a 2.5 grade point average overall, 2.5 in Child Studies (Area I) and 2.5 in Behavioral Studies (Area II), and at least a 2.5 in the Elective area (Area III). A total of 120 credit hours is necessary to graduate.
Areas of Study
The student will elect courses in three areas of study, as follows:
|Area I||Child Studies||31-40 hrs|
|Area II||Behavioral Science||18 hrs|
|Area III||Elective Area||12+ hrs|
Elective Area selected with advisor approval from:1
Comp. Info. Science
Education2 (highly recommended)
Health Policy Studies
The student may select an alternative third area of study (i.e., one which is not listed above) if approved by an academic advisor.
Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement
The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.
Areas of Inquiry
- Lecture/Lab Science Course
- Additional Science Course
Core Course Requirements for Children and Families BGS
|COMP 105||Writing & Rhetoric I||3|
|COMP 106||Writing & Rhetoric II||3|
|EXPS 250||Elem Ed Vis & Perf Arts||3|
|LIBR 465||Literature for Children||3|
|PSYC 101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|SOC 200||Understanding Society||3|
|NSCI 120||Matter, Energy, and Life I||4|
|NSCI 121||Matter, Energy, and Life II||4|
|MATH 385||Math for Elemen Teachers I||3|
|EDT 211||Design Tech-Based Learn Solutn||3|
|Total Credit Hours||32|
Child Studies (Area I)
2.5 GPA required, 27 hours at 300+ at UM-Dearborn required.
|EDC 240||Psych of Child Development 1||3|
|EDC 241||Psych: Child Devel Practicum 2||1|
|EDC 414||Early Child Ed Special Needs||3|
|EDD 406||Teach Strategies Early Child||3|
|EDD 410||Practicum in Early Child Ed||1|
|EDD 412||Seminar in Early Childhood Ed||2|
|EDD 411||Directed Tchg: Early Childhood 3,4||4|
|or EDD 418||Children and Families Intern|
|EDC 442||EC: Fam/Sch/Comm Collaboration||3|
|EDC 445||Develop Assess of Young Child||3|
|EDA 419||Early Literacy/Language Devel||3|
|EDB 422||Lead,Advoc, Admin Early Ch Prg||3|
|EDF 450||Hlth, Nutr, & PE/Clsrm Tchrs||2|
|Select courses from the following: 5||4-11|
|Social Devl/Pos Guidnce Techn|
|Cog/Memory Dev in Children|
|Intervention Strat EC Spec Ed|
|Inquiry-based Math and Science|
|Multicult in School and Soc|
|Total Credit Hours||35-42|
Waived if transfer credit is granted, if waived, EDC 440 must be elected in area II.
Students who transfer in Child Development Practicum will receive elective credit. EDC 241 practicum placement as advised.
Students interested in teaching in preschools, Head Start or child care programs must elect EDD 411. Transcripts will read Children and Families: Early Childhood. Students interested in working with children and families in agencies must elect EDD 418 . Transcripts will read Children and Families: Family Support.
This course requires a satisfactory grade.
Other College of Education, Health, and Human Services courses may be substituted with written permission of an advisor.
Behavioral Studies (Area II)
2.5 GPA required, 9 hours 300+ at UM-Dearborn required
|Transfer students must take:|
|EDC 300||Educational Psychology||3|
|EDC 440||The Child: Birth to Three||3|
|One of the following is required unless a lower-division transfer course is approved by an academic advisor:||3|
or SOC 446
|Marriage and Family Problems|
|At least one course from each of the following three disciplines is required:||9|
|Introduction to Anthropology|
|Body Image and Culture|
|Anth of Health and Environment|
|Education and Culture|
|Life-Span Developmental Psych|
|Psychology of Prejudice|
|Psyc of Interpersonal Relation|
|Psychology of Language|
|Learning and Memory|
|Contemporary Social Problems|
|Poverty and Inequality|
|American Social Classes|
|Marriage and Family Problems|
|Mental Health and the Law|
|Health Care and the Law|
|Family, Aging and the Law|
|Sociology of Education|
|Social Work Internship|
Additional courses may be used with the approval of the Early Childhood advisor.
|Total Credit Hours||18|
Electives (Area III)
Select from the following list with approval of advisor. Community College Childcare courses transfer here.
Education (highly recommended)
Health Policy Studies
Note: Course numbers and offerings may have changed; please consult your faculty advisor regarding updated course numbers.