S. HallInterim Chairperson

The Department of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies includes programs that promote the development, education, and well-being of children from birth through adolescence and foster healthy family functioning.  Our impactful programs provide students with valuable training for real-world application, be it in the classroom, community, or the home.

The Early Childhood Education programs focus on the preparation of teachers for preschool and K-3 classrooms, with an emphasis on engaging with families and community. 

The Family and Child program includes three interrelated concentrations: child development, child life, and family studies.  Students graduate equipped to work in a variety of settings—from child care centers to hospitals to family service agencies—or primed to pursue graduate or doctoral studies.


MAJOR IN EARLY CHILDHOOD WITH MINOR IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (PRE-K ONLY TRACK - NO LICENSE) CONCENTRATION (BA/BS), 90 credits

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EDEL  100 Educ in a Democratic Society  3
  200 Plan for Elem and EC Classroom  3
  231 Family and Community Relations  3
  244 Early and Elem Educ Soc Just  3
  252 Creative Exp for Yng Children  3
  260 EC Curriculum and Instruction  3
  301 Tchg in the Pre-K K Program  3
  330  Health and Well Being in EC  3
  340 Cult and Lang in Tchg and Lrng  3
  381 Early Childhood Language Arts  3
  442 Administration of EC Programs  3
  491 Independent Study in Elem Ed (1-6)  3
EDFO 420 Soc, Hist, Phil Found of Ed  3
EDPS 260 Development Elementary  3
  391 Assessment Early Childhood  3
EDRD 204 Literature for Children (3) 
  or    
  318  Lit for Young Children (3)  3
  390 Early Emergent Literacy  3
FCFC 310 Promot Prosocial Behav Child  3
  315 Infant Toddler Curr Envir  3
MUSE 265 Music Basics for the Classroom  3
SPCE 201 Intro Stdnts with Except Nds  3
  210 Thry and Pract in EC Spec Ed  3
  215 Assess Yng Chldrn Exc Nds  3
  311 Dev Meth Infs and Todds Exc  3
  312  Dev Meth PS Chldrn with Exc  3
  417 Pract: Inf Tods PS Spec Nds (1-6)  3
Advisor approved elective   12
     
90 crs

MUSE 265 also satisfies a University Core Curriculum requirement (Tier 2 Fine Arts/Design/Humanities and Writing emphasis course). EDFO 420 also satisfies a University Core Curriculum requirement (Tier 2 Natural Sciences/Social Sciences course). 

MAJOR IN FAMILY AND CHILD (BA/BS), 61-66 credits

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CREDITS
       
Complete the following, 43 credits   
EDPS  351 Adolescent Psychology   3
FCFC  100  Intro Family Child  1
  202  Child and Family Wellness  3
  250  Family Relations  3
  265  Infant and Toddler Dvlp Educ   3 
  275  Child Development  3
  350  Families Cross Culture   3
  380  Parenting  3
  393  Present Practice Tech Fam Educ  3
  425  Grant Writing Research Methods  3
  484  Family Stressors and Crises  3
  485  Family Policy  3
  493  Family and Child Internship (3-9)   3 
NUTR  240  Nutrition for Educators (3)  3
  or     
  275  Personal Nutrition (3)  3
PSYS  100  Intro to Psychological Science   3 
       
Choose one area to complete the concentration:   
Family and Child: Child development concentration, 18 credits 
EDEL  260  EC Curriculum and Instruction  3
  442  Administration of EC Programs  3
FCFC  310  Promot Prosocial Behav Child  3
  320  Leadership Mgt Child Dev Prog  3
  465  Adv Child Dev in Practice 3
SPCE  210  Thry and Pract in EC Spec Ed   3 
        
Family and Child: Child life concentration, 23 credits  
BIO  100  Biology for a Modern Society  3
  254  Biology in the Social Context  3
FCFC  310  Promot Prosocial Behav Child  3
  465  Adv Child Dev in Practice  3
  492  Prof Practice Child Life  3
HSC  371  Death and Dying  3
NUR  101  Termin Hlth Care Prof and Cons  2
  103  Health Behav: Cult Variations  3
       
Family and Child: Family studies concentration, 21 credits 
EDPS  355  Adult Psychology (3)   
  or     
SOC  431  Aging and the Life Course (3)  3
FCFC  340  Life Workplace Management  3
  394  Family Services Administration   3
  475  Marriage  3
HSC  261  Health, Sex, and Family Life (3)   
  or     
PSYS  377  Psychology of Sexual Behavior (3)  3
SOCW  100  Introduction to Social Work  3
  325  Human Behav and Social Envr 2  3
     
61-66 crs

MINOR IN FAMILY ENGAGEMENT, 15 credits

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FCFC  250 Family Relations  3
  380 Parenting  3
  393 Present Practice Tech Fam Educ  3
  394 Family Services Administration  3
  484 Family Stressors and Crises  3
     
15 crs
This minor is not open to Family and Child majors. 

MINOR IN INFANT AND TODDLER SPECIALIZATION,
15 credits

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FCFC  202 Child and Family Wellness  3
  310 Promot Prosocial Behav Child  3
  315 Infant Toddler Curr Envir 3
  320 Leadership Mgt Child Dev Prog 3
  380 Parenting 3
     
15 crs
This program is offered online only. Students cannot earn both a Minor in Infant and Toddler Specialization and Certificate in Infant and Toddler Specialization. Not open to Family and Child majors. 

TEACHER EDUCATION

Teaching programs require additional courses in educational methods. The professional education courses are included in this listing. See the Department of Educational Studies and Teachers College for the descriptions of these courses and other professional requirements of the teacher education program. 

TEACHING MAJOR IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
(Birth-Grade 3) (BA/BS), 102 credits

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AHS  100 Introduction to Art   3 
BIO 102 Biol Concepts for Teachers  3
EDEL 100 Educ in a Democratic Society  3
  200 Plan for Elem and EC Classroom   3 
  244 Early and Elem Educ Soc Just   3 
  351 Teaching in the K Primary Prog   3 
  400 Student Teaching: Pre-K (6-12)   
  or    
  401 Student Teaching: Kindergarten (6-12)   
  or    
  402 Student Teaching: Primary (6-12)  12 
  442 Administration of EC Programs   3 
EDFO 420 Soc, Hist, Phil Found of Ed   3 
EDPS 260 Development Elementary  3
  393 Educational Psych Elementary  3
EDRD 204 Literature for Children (3)   
  or    
  318 Lit for Young Children (3)   3 
  390  Early Emergent Literacy  3
  430 Assess Interven Read Lang Arts  3
FCFC 265 Infant and Toddler Dvlp Educ  3
GEOG 101 Earth Sea Sky: Geographic View (3)  3
  or    
GEOL 101 Planet Earth Geol Environment (3)   3 
HIST 201 American History, 1492-1876   3 
HSC 350 Elem Schl Hlth Prgrms   3 
MATH 201 Num Oper Alg Reas Elem Teach   4 
  202 Data Geo Meas Elem Teach   3 
  391 Teach Mathematics Elementary   3 
MUSE 265 Music Basics for the Classroom   3 
PHYC 101 Phys Sci Concepts for Teachers (1-3)  3
SCI 398 Teach Sci in Early Pri Grds  3
SPCE 302 Tch Studs and Dis in Gen Ed   3 
SS 398 Teaching SS EC Kind-Grade 3  3
Elective   2 
     
90 crs
Concentration
 
EDEL  231 Family and Community Relations 
  252  Creative Exp for Yng Children 
  301 Tchg in the Pre-K K Program 
  381 Early Childhood Language Arts 
     
12 crs
     
102 crs

These major courses, AHS 100, BIO 102, GEOG 101 or GEOL 101, HIST 201, MATH 201, MUSE 265, PHYC 101 also fill a University Core Curriculum requirement.

CERTIFICATE IN INFANT/TODDLER SPECIALIZATION,
18 credits 

(See Certificates.)

EDUCATION: ELEMENTARY (EDEL)

231 Family and Community Relations (3) 
Explores important and complex roles of families in the educational development of young children. Factors affecting family-child, family-community, and child-community interactions and skills are studied and related to the educational process.

252 Creative Experiences for Young Children (3)
Designed to develop knowledge of creative activities that are developmentally appropriate for the young child. Skill in providing creative and play experiences.

260 Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction (3)
Focuses on knowledge and skills necessary to design and implement a curriculum for young children. Integrated learning, emergent curriculum, and project work are emphasized.

301 Teaching in the Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Program (3) Planning and implementing programs for children ages three through five.
    
Prerequisite: completion of decision point 2: admission to the teacher education program.
    Parallel: EDEL 381.
    Open only to early childhood education and dual early childhood/early childhood special education majors.
    Students are not permitted to register simultaneously in EDEL 301 and 351.
    May be repeated only once.

330 Health and Well-Being in Early Childhood Programs (3) 
This course introduces students to contemporary issues related to children’s health, safety, and basic nutrition. An emphasis is placed on the promotion of children’s healthy development and well-being.

340 Culture and Language in Teaching and Learning (3)
Examines the impact of culture and language on teaching and learning. Discusses teacher behaviors, educational materials, and school practices that affect the academic success of students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. 
    
Prerequisite: EDEL 200.

351 Teaching in the Kindergarten/Primary Program (3)
Planning and implementing programs for children in kindergarten and primary grades.
    
Prerequisite: completion of decision point 2: admission to the teacher education program.
    Open only to early childhood education and dual early childhood/early childhood special education majors.
    Students are not permitted to register simultaneously in EDEL 301 and 351.
    May be repeated only once.

381 Early Childhood Language Arts (3)
Introduces basic skills every young child needs to acquire in order to use oral and written language competently in society. Deals with materials, methods, principles of learning, and conditions necessary for optimum learning.
    
Prerequisite: completion of decision point 2; admission to the teacher education program.
    Parallel: EDEL 301.
    Open only to early childhood education and dual early childhood/early childhood special education majors.

400 Student Teaching – Pre-Kindergarten (6-12)
Capstone clinical experience in the practice and application of teaching skills with pre-kindergarten students. Students enroll in EDEL 400 (12) or EDEL 401 (12) or EDEL 402 (12). Offered credit/no credit only.
    
Prerequisite: completion of decision point 3; admission to student teaching: C or better grades in EDEL 301 and EDEL 381 and EDEL 351 and EDPS 393 and MATH 391 and SCI 398 and SS 398; 3.0 overall grade-point average; permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 12 credits may be earned.

401 Student Teaching – Kindergarten (6-12)
Capstone clinical experience in the practice and application of teaching skills with pre-kindergarten students. Students enroll in EDEL 401 (12) or EDEL 400 (12) or EDEL 402 (12). Offered credit/no credit only.
    
Prerequisite: completion of decision point 3; admission to student teaching: C or better grades in EDEL 301 and EDEL 381 and EDEL 351 and EDPS 393 and MATH 391 and SCI 398 and SS 398; 3.0 overall grade-point average; permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 12 credits may be earned.

402 Student Teaching – Primary (6-12)
Capstone clinical experience in the practice and application of teaching skills with pre-kindergarten students. Students enroll in EDEL 402 (12) or EDEL 400 (12) or EDEL 401 (12). Offered credit/no credit only.
    
Prerequisite: completion of decision point 3; admission to student teaching: C or better grades in EDEL 301 and EDEL 381 and EDEL 351 and EDPS 393 and MATH 391 and SCI 398 and SS 398; 3.0 overall grade-point average; permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 12 credits may be earned.

440 Kindergarten Education (3)
Development of the kindergarten-primary curriculum with special emphasis on kindergarten children and procedures to be used in their development.
    
Prerequisite: completion of decision point 2: admission to the teacher education program.

442 Administration of Early Childhood Programs (3)
Activities of young children in pre-kindergarten. Organization, administration, and educational program of pre-kindergarten care.
    
Open only to juniors and seniors.

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES: FAMILY AND CHILD (FCFC)

100 Introduction to Family and Child (1)
An overview and analysis of the family and child field, including discussion of academic requirements, career opportunities, and ethical standards in each of the three areas: Child Development, Child Life, and Family Studies.

202 Child and Family Wellness (3)
Explore the concepts of wellness, emphasizing nutrition, health and safety as it applies to children and families. Increase awareness of the need for healthy environments and use of sustainable and age appropriate practices in environments with families and children.

250 Family Relations (3)
Focuses on family dynamics and interaction across a variety of family structures and backgrounds. Explores the impact of larger social systems on the family, changing concepts of family, and family processes throughout the life cycle. Emphasizes healthy interaction patterns and skills to strengthen family relationships.

265 Infant/Toddler Development and Education (3) 
Growth and development from conception through the third year of life emphasizing how children learn. Includes physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. Students interact with and observe infants and toddlers in laboratory setting. Students implement developmental exercises and activities.

275 Child Development (3)
Students will study physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of young children ages 3-8. Students will also participate in, observe, and complete assignments in a preschool laboratory setting utilizing developmentally appropriate practices.

310 Promoting Prosocial Behavior in Young Children: Guidance and Cultural Factors (3)
Students will study the research-based theories and practices of developmentally appropriate guidance as applied to early care and education settings. Students will examine the relationships among family, community, and care, and will develop an understanding of anti-bias and multiculturalism as applied to child development.

315 Infant Toddler Curriculum and Environment (3)
Will discuss how optimum development of children ages birth to 3 is supported by age-appropriate curriculum, based on quality adult-child interactions and a well-designed physical environment in the out of home setting.

320 Leadership and Management in Child Development Programs (3)
Examine leadership and administrative issues that students will face in early care and education settings, including center-based programs, Head Start, and family childcare options.
    
Prerequisite: FCFC 265 or 275 or 315.

340 Life and Workplace Management (3)
Application of management principles to achieve life and workplace goals and responsibilities. Emphasis on use of resources, technology, effective communication, and management to diminish stress.

350 Families in Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3)
Addresses issues for professionals working with families with diverse cultural customs, beliefs, and values. Content includes the principles, processes, and key concepts involved in child rearing practices, coupling and marital processes, and general family dynamics in a cross-cultural perspective. Emphasis is on issues related to ethnic diversity, immigration, and other key concepts to consider when working with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds.
    
Prerequisite: FCFC 250.

380 Parenting (3)
Research-based parenting practices supporting the positive development of children in diverse families throughout the life cycle.
    
Prerequisite: FCFC 250 or 315.

393 Presentations, Practices and Techniques for Family Life Education (3)
Development of techniques for presentations and projects meeting the needs of diverse audiences in family and consumer sciences. Includes participation in use of methods, development, evaluation, and techniques for varied environments.
    
Not open to teaching majors in family and consumer sciences.

394 Family Services Administration (3)
Introduces students to the primary skills, functions, and responsibilities associated with working in and leading nonprofit social service organizations. Structured to prepare students for professional careers working in agencies that provide services for families.

425 Grant Writing and Research Methods (3)
Focusing on the family and child disciplines, students will learn the research process, from developing research questions to analyzing data and interpreting results. Students will explore the grant writing process and methods for finding funding sources.
    
Prerequisite: FCFC 250.

465 Advanced Child Development in Practice (3)
Faculty-guided professional experience working with young children in a developmentally appropriate early care environment. Students complete 200 hours, including attending weekly staff and monthly training meetings at the Child Study Center.
    
Prerequisite: FCFC 265 or 275.

475 Marriage (3)
Relationship dynamics and contemporary changes to the institution of marriage. Emphasizes the individual within marriage, dating, mate selection, relationship maintenance, communication, sexual adjustment, marriage dissolution, and marital growth.
    
Open only to juniors and seniors or by permission of the department chairperson.

484 Family Stressors and Crises (3)
Focuses on stressors individuals and families experience across the life cycle and methods of coping. Teaches skills in professional ethics and boundaries when working with or educating families.
    
Prerequisite: FCFC 250; junior or senior standing or permission of the department chairperson.

485 Family Policy (3)
Explores policy at the local, state, and federal levels and its impact on family life. Students will assess the effectiveness of policies and programs from a family perspective, learn about the policymaking process, and critically examine different roles professionals can play in influencing policy development.
    
Prerequisite or parallel: FCFC 250 or permission of the department chairperson.

492 Professional Practices in Child Life (3)
Students will learn clinical and professional practices required to work in the child life field, including the history of the child life profession, ethics in child life, interventions, and healing environments in family-centered care.

493 Internship in Family and Child (3-9)
Provides the opportunity for the student to work in an internship setting to gain professional experience related to their major.
    
Prerequisite: FCFC 315 or 393 or 465 or permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 9 credits may be earned.