Child and Family Development B.S. (Concentration in Child Life)

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum  for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core Areas A - E)42
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Course Appropriate to Major18
Introduction to Family Science
Family Economic Environment
Child Development
Intro to Family Services
Computer Applications
and Computer Concepts
Public Speaking
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Major Requirements
Child and Family Development Core27-30
Birth to 5 Methods
Diversity in Human Development
Youth Development
Adult Development and Later Life
Parent Education and Guidance
Professional Development
Internship in Child and Family Development
Child Life Concentration24
Research Methods
Introduction to Child Life
Therapeutic Benefits of Play in Child Life
Death and Bereavement across the Lifespan
Assessment of Children
Child Life Practice in Healthcare
Select six credit hours from the following Guided Electives:
Young Children with Special Needs
Teaching Preschool
Selected Topics in Child and Family Development
Directed Individual Study
Scientific and Medical Terminology
Introduction to Recreational Therapy
Intervention Techniques in Recreational Therapy
Foreign Language Requirement or “Significant International Content” course
Foreign Language Requirement or “Significant International Content” course3
Total Credit Hours124

Program Admission Criteria

  • Admission to Georgia Southern University
  • A total institution GPA of 2.0 or better on all course work attempted (transfer course work and work completed at Georgia Southern University are considered)
  • Completed a minimum of 30 credit hours
  • A minimum grade of “C” in all Area F course work attempted
  • Satisfactory completion of a Department of Early Care and Learning comprehensive criminal background check and finger printing prior to taking CHFD 3131.

Program Progression Requirements

  • Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all courses in Area F, the Child and Family Development Core, the selected concentration area, and guided major electives.
  • Students must also earn a minimum grade of “C” in a prerequisite course prior to registering for an advanced course.
  • Students must have a total institutional GPA of 2.5 or better, and completed all core curriculum and major degree requirements, earning a grade of “C” in all courses in Area F and within the major requirements, including within their concentration prior to interning. Students who do not meet the 2.5 GPA requirements will complete nine to twelve (9-12) credit hours of approved course work as substitute for the internship.

    Honors in Child and Family Development

To graduate with Honors in Child and Family Development, a student must

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program;
  • successfully complete at least three credits of Honors Research Seminar (HONS   4610) over three semesters;
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.


Contact the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Student Services Center for information regarding admission and advisement.