Family Services and Child Development


Family Services and Child Development (FSCD) is an exciting, forward thinking degree program with two tracks: Students may choose the Family Services option or the Child Development option. In addition students may earn an AA degree or an AAS degree. There are different requirements for each of these degree paths. 

Department Overview

Faculty in FSCD include full-time professors and adjunct (part-time) professors who have advanced degrees in their areas of specialization as well as years of experience working with children in a variety of settings.


Both the AAS degree program and the AA program require 62 hours of college credit; each program requires a significant number of credits in general education; i.e., English Composition, History, American Federal Government, life science, and physical science. The AAS Degree program prepares a student to work in family service agencies or child care settings while the AA degree program prepares the student for work in family services agencies, child care settings, or for transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree. 
AA degree requirements (PDF) 
AAS degree requirements (PDF) 

Student Requirements

Students are expected to follow the prescribed courses laid out in the college catalogue for both program and general education requirements. Even though a student may be preparing herself/himself for a career working with children under six or a career in family services, the student is best served by the mastering a broad range of content at the college level and by developing critical thinking skills across the college curriculum. Children and families will be best served by individuals who possess knowledge and abilities reflective of an educated person.

Support Programs for FSCD majors

Scholars for Excellence in Child Care: Program Benefits

  • Support and technical assistance from scholar coordinators
  • College credit for coursework
  • Academic and student support services
  • Networking with other child care professionals
  • Outstanding faculty committed to student success
  • Increase quality child care
  • Scholarships for coursework at career technology centers and community colleges
  • Scholarship for the CDA or CCP Credential Assessment application process

scholars education 

Program Expectations for Students

An FSCD major is expected to complete all course requirements as laid out in each degree plan. FSCD 2233, Practicum, containing program competencies for all FSCD majors, is required of all FSCD graduates. In this, as in all required courses, students must earn a “C” or better to graduate. Successful completion of courses with “C” or better reflects mastery of the necessary competencies

Two degree options are available:

a.)The Family Services option prepares students to work in community agencies that support families and children in a variety of ways. These agencies include but are not limited to community health and welfare agencies, licensing agencies, parent assistance agencies, and early education support groups and non-profit agencies.
b.) The child development option prepares students to work directly with children in child care and/or Head Start programs

Transferring to a Four- Year Institution

Rose State has transfer agreements with the University of Central Oklahoma from the AA degree in Family Services and Child Development to Bachelor of Science in Family Life Education-Child Development, Bachelor of Science in Family Life Education-Marriage and Family, and Bachelor of Science in Family Life Education-Child Development. The college also maintains transfer agreements with Northeastern State University (NSU).

Employment Outlook

Employment of childcare workers is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected because of increases in the number of children who require childcare and continued demand for preschool programs.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics categorizes childcare directors with all education administrators of childcare and preschool services. Their average salary in Oklahoma was $18.87 per hour, as of May 2010, or $39,250 per year. That was about 22 percent lower than the nationwide average for this occupation of $50,410 per year.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for preschool teachers was projected to grow by 19% from 2008-2018, which was substantially faster than the average growth for all occupations during that time period ( The total number of preschool teaching jobs was set to grow from 457,200 to 543,900. This increase in jobs was to be spurred by growing preschool enrollment and by the expansion of publicly funded preschool education programs in many states.

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