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Teaching:  Child and Family Studies

Non-certification program

Individuals interested in working with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings have many opportunities to engage in coursework and fieldwork in authentic environments to explore the complexity of human behavior in context. Providing students with a sound social sciences foundation, the theories and processes of lifespan development, and emphasizing the framework for the ways in which families and communities coalesce, this degree provides important links between human development and practice. A hallmark of the program is a semester-long agency-based field experience.

Classes are small and allow for varied opportunities to work with faculty. This is a non-certification program. The curriculum is organized to foster the development of skilled teachers who can utilize best practices for planning and preparing environments and instruction in early childhood and primary- grade settings. Graduates will be self-directed individuals who can communicate effectively, make informed decisions, think critically and creatively, and examine ethical issues in order to enhance educational excellence.

Real World Experiences

Classroom experiences give you school-based observation and participation each semester. There’s simply no better preparation for future teachers than real world experience. Observing how students react to different styles of instruction and learning how to adjust in response, will prepare you for a successful career in education.

  • Field experiences begin the first semester
  • Pre-student teaching placements
  • 14 weeks of student teaching last semester

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Teaching: Child and Family Studies B.S. Degree

In addition to the General Education requirements and the Institutional Learning Outcomes for all majors, the following courses are a sampling of what is required for graduation for Teaching: Child and Family Studies B.S. Degree:

First Year

First Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Critical and Analytical Reading
  • College Writing I: Academic Writing
  • The First Year Seminar
  • Newsworthy Topics in Biology
  • College Algebra

Second Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Speech Communication
  • College Mathematics
  • Child Development I
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • College Writing II:  Writing About Literature
Second Year

First Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Health and Wellness of Young Children
  • Child, Family, and Community
  • American Literature I or II
  • Child Development II
  • Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Learners

Second Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Concentration Elective
  • United States History I or II
  • Math / Science Elective 2000 level
  • Play, Cognition, and Learning
  • Early Intervention and Transitions
Third Year

First Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Concentration Elective 2
  • Developmental Assessment I
  • Electronic Media for Teachers
  • Psychopathology
  • Differential Instruction for Diverse Learners

Second Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Concentration Elective 3
  • Teaching Literacy through Literature
  • Developmental Assessment II
  • Cultural Geography
  • Statistics
Fourth Year

First Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • Seminar: Contemporary Research, Issues & Ethics in Education
  • The Helping Relationship
  • Classroom Management
  • Family Partnerships: Advocacy, Collaboration and Transitions

Second Semester

  • Concentration Elective 4
  • Human Services Systems
  • Field Experience
  • Psychology of Adolescence
  • Research Methods/Social Sciences

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.


College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Hands on Experience

Study Abroad

You can explore your academic goals in an international setting and global environment. The experience of living in a new country will build your self-confidence, add valuable skills to your tool box, and will alter how you view yourself, the world, and your own country.

Internships and Field Experiences

Not all education happens in the classroom. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to learn through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with a real world experience in the field.

Undergraduate Research

The process of research and discovery while working with a faculty mentor enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.

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