There are a lot of careers that offer opportunities to work with kids. Many private and public organizations are focused on the wellbeing of infants, children and families. Western Michigan University offers two degrees that can help people get started in careers with organizations like those.
The College of Education and Human Development at WMU offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Family Studies and Child and Family Development. In both programs, students are prepared to enter careers dedicated to families - the building block of global society.
Both programs are offered almost entirely online, with few face-to-face courses required on main campus in Kalamazoo. Both programs offer inroads to certification (see below). Those credentials can enhance employment opportunities and validate professional credibility for educators who work with families.
Anyone with a high school diploma who is interested in pursuing a career related to family life should apply.
The Family Studies major prepares students for positions in public or private human service organizations or programs related to children, families and individuals. The Child and Family Development major prepares individuals to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, and their families in a variety of professional settings.
Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 46 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.