Child and Family Studies Program

Child and Family Studies Program

The Child and Family Studies program includes several undergraduate options:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Blended Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a major in Family and Consumer Sciences ­Education
  • Bachelor of Science in General Family and Consumer Sciences (a non-teaching major)
  • Minor in Consumer Economics
  • Minor in Family and Consumer Sciences

These degree areas are designed to prepare teachers and other professionals through general and specialized coursework. The coursework requirements for each major are listed in this section of the catalog, and include core coursework in Education (EDUC), Child and Family Studies (CFS), and/or related areas of study. Candidates interested in pursuing a degree in the area of Child and Family Studies should contact the Department of Educational Foundations for additional information.

Bachelor of Science in General Family and Consumer Sciences

The goal of Family and Consumer Sciences is to prepare individuals for family life, work life, and careers in Family and Consumer Sciences by providing opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed in a diverse global society. Our unique focus is on families, work, and their interrelationships. The program intends:

  1. To empower the Family and Consumer Sciences practitioner to make unique contributions to diverse and ever evolving educational, community, and business contexts.
  2. To produce Family and Consumer ­Sciences graduates who will be proficient in the delivery of their subject areas and in subject matter knowledge, as well as those research strategies, which can be used to evaluate curriculum effectiveness.

The Bachelor of Science degree in General Family and Consumer Sciences is designed to provide a strong generalist background in all the content areas included in FCS: Child Development, Family Relations, Clothing and Textiles, Nutrition and Foods, Housing/Interior Design, Consumer Economics, and Management. This degree offers a broad-based curriculum to prepare candidates for a variety of employment settings and non-paid work. FCS is a unique profession whose vision “empowers individuals and families across the lifespan to manage the challenges of living and working in a ­diverse global ­society.”

Summary of Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Family and Consumer Sciences

Required Courses

Required courses must be taken in the recommended sequence. The candidate must work closely with a Family and Consumer Sciences advisor as early as possible in the program.

Family and Consumer Sciences Coursework

CFS 1100Child and Family Studies Professions1
CFS 2209Early Childhood Environments3
CFS 2229Textile Products3
CFS 3314Interior Design and Housing3
CFS 3332Programs in Family and Consumer Sciences3
CFS 4429Social and Psychological Aspects of Clothing3
CFS 4431Family Resource Management3
CFS 4435Relationships within Families3
CFS 4470Consumer Economics3
EDUC 2201Development and Individual Differences3
EDUC 2204Families Community Culture3
NTD 1104Foods3
NTD 1139Consumer Nutrition3
NTD 2204Meal Management2
Total Hours39

Recommended Electives

CFS 4471Advanced Consumers Economics3
CFS 4472Teaching Consumer Economics1-3
CFS 4494Partnerships with Professionals3,6
ECON 2201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2202Principles of Microeconomics3
NTD 2239Nutrition3
NTD 3312
3312L
Quantity Foods
and Quantity Foods Laboratory
4
NTD 4439Sports Nutrition3
PTE 4444Career Guidance and Special Needs Professional Technical Education3

Minor Coursework

Majors in General Family and Consumer Sciences must have a minor outside the Family and Consumer Sciences program area. The candidate must work closely with a Family and Consumer Sciences advisor concerning selection of this minor. Once the minor is determined, candidates should be advised within the department of the minor emphasis.

Secondary Single Subject Major in Family and Consumer Sciences Education

The Family and Consumer Sciences Education major is designed to prepare beginning teachers with a strong background in all areas of Family and Consumer Sciences endorsement on a secondary teaching credential. In addition to the required major coursework, candidates must also complete the Professional Education Core coursework. Candidates must also have accumulated two (2) years (4,000 clock hours) of related work experience or shall have completed an approved practicum in their field of ­specialization.

It is recommended that a candidate complete the Family and Consumer Sciences Education major and a supporting teaching minor such as Consumer Economics, Health or Natural Science.

Summary of Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education with a Major in Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Required Courses

Required courses must be taken in the recommended sequence. The candidate must work closely with a Family and Consumer Sciences Education advisor as early as possible in the program.

Family and Consumer Sciences 45 Credit Endorsement

CFS 1100Child and Family Studies Professions1
CFS 2209Early Childhood Environments3
CFS 2229Textile Products3
CFS 3314Interior Design and Housing3
CFS 3332Programs in Family and Consumer Sciences3
CFS 4429Social and Psychological Aspects of Clothing3
CFS 4431Family Resource Management3
CFS 4435Relationships within Families3
CFS 4470Consumer Economics3
NTD 1104Foods3
NTD 1139Consumer Nutrition3
NTD 2204Meal Management2
PTE 4401Foundations of Professional Technical Education3
Total Hours36

Recommended Electives

CFS 4471Advanced Consumers Economics3
CFS 4472Teaching Consumer Economics1-3
CFS 4494Partnerships with Professionals3,6
ECON 2201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2202Principles of Microeconomics3
NTD 2239Nutrition3
NTD 3312
3312L
Quantity Foods
and Quantity Foods Laboratory
4
NTD 3360Nutrition Through the Lifecycle3
NTD 4439Sports Nutrition3
PTE 4402Analysis and Course Construction3
PTE 4403Methods of Teaching in Professional Technical Education3
OLP 4405Learning Fundamentals3
OLP 4409Professional Readings and Writing in Human Resource Development3
PTE 4444Career Guidance and Special Needs Professional Technical Education3
Total Hours41-46

Minor in Consumer Economics

Candidates receiving degrees in majors other than Family and Consumer Sciences may satisfy the requirements for a minor in Consumer Economics. Candidates interested in this minor should consult a Family and Consumer Sciences advisor.

Required Courses:

CFS 4431Family Resource Management3
CFS 4470Consumer Economics3
CFS 4471Advanced Consumers Economics3
ECON 2201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2202Principles of Microeconomics3
Select TWO of the following:6
Principles of Accounting I
Principles of Accounting II
Teaching Consumer Economics
Economic History
Public Finance
Legal Environment of Organizations
Business Law
Basic Marketing Management
Consumer Behavior

Minor in Family and Consumer Sciences

CFS 3314Interior Design and Housing3
CFS 3332Programs in Family and Consumer Sciences3
CFS 4429Social and Psychological Aspects of Clothing3
CFS 4431Family Resource Management3
EDUC 2201Development and Individual Differences3
EDUC 2204Families Community Culture3
NTD 1104Foods3
Select ONE course from the following:3
Early Childhood Environments
Textile Products
Relationships within Families
Consumer Economics
Meal Management
Nutrition

This is a non-certification program; please consult an advisor.

Early Childhood Education Program

The goal of the Early Childhood Education Program is to prepare professionals who have the necessary knowledge, dispositions, and abilities to:

  1. enhance learning and development of young children, with and without disabilities, between the ages of birth and third grade.
  2. establish collaborative relationships with families and other professionals in ways that produce outcomes for young children.
  3. view their own professional development as a lifelong endeavor.
  4. advocate for children, families, and the early childhood profession.

Bachelor of Arts in Blended Early Childhood Education

The Baccalaureate degree in the Early Childhood Education program is designed to further prepare Early Childhood Education professionals holding either an Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), or Associate of Science (A.S.) in the field of early childhood education. Early Childhood Education is the study and education of young children from birth through third grade.

Candidates holding an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education pursue a Blended Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education Certificate. This degree program is competency/field-based and allows candidates the opportunity to apply course work instruction to practical experiences in approved early childhood education centers and private/public school settings for children with or without disabilities.

Candidates interested in pursuing the Blended Early Childhood Education degree are advised to contact the Advising Coordinator in the COE Student Advising Center for general information and program ­advisement.

Summary of Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Blended Early Childhood Education

  1. Completion of an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from an accredited institution of higher learning. NOTE: Those holding the A.A.S. should check with the Advising Coordinator in the COE Student Advising Center to determine whether additional general education credits are required for graduation.
  2. Completion of a major in Early ­Childhood Education at the Associate level including required education and special education coursework for the Early Childhood Education major.

Required coursework:

EDUC 2204Families Community Culture (or equivalent)3
EDUC 2215Using Technology in a Digital World (or equivalent)3
EDUC 3302Motivation and Management3
EDUC 3308Foundations of Educational Knowledge, Planning, and Assessment4
EDUC 3311Instructional Technology3
EDUC 3321Integrated Language Arts Methods3
EDUC 3322Literature for Children across the Curriculum3
EDUC 3330Elementary Math Methods3
EDUC 3331Elementary Science Methods3
EDUC 4408Pre-Internship Field Experience Seminar2
EDUC 4419Developmental Literacy3
MATH 2256Structure of Arithmetic for Elementary School Teachers3
MATH 2257Structure of Geometry and Probability for Elementary School Teachers3
CFS 4493Early Childhood Education: Student Teaching Internship14
SPED 3330The Exceptional Child3
SPED 4424Assessment Procedures in Special Education3
SPED 4429Teaching Students with Significant and Multiple Disabilities3
SPED 4430Practicum in Individualized Instruction1
SPED 4432Explicit Instruction3
SPED 4435Practicum in Small Group Instruction1
SPED 4438Policies and Procedures in Special Education3
SPED 4443Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder3

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Courses

CFS 1100 Child and Family Studies Professions: 1 semester hour.

An introduction to professional careers in related fields. Candidate and career expectations, career options, leadership, balancing work and family, publications, and research directed toward the development of emancipated professionals. D

CFS 1109 Introduction to Early Childhood Professions: 2 semester hours.

Foundations and professional careers in early childhood education and early childhood special education. S

CFS 1120 Personal Economics: 3 semester hours.

A study of economic decisions facing people in their daily lives as individuals and families. Topics include budgeting, consumer credit, buying or renting a home, medical care, life insurance, retirement planning, investing, and tax management. D

CFS 2202 Field Experience Internship: 1-32 semester hours.

Working field internship; innovative approaches in preparation of CDA trainees. Experiences in a curriculum center, library, local settings, resource and day care centers, head start programs, nursery schools (public and private), and child development centers. Experience with educational and creative supplies and materials. PREREQ: Approved enrollment in Child Development Associate Program. D

CFS 2207 Infants and Toddlers in Early Childhood Education: 3 semester hours.

Study of developmentally appropriate care and education of infants and toddlers. Field experience required. PREREQ: CFS 2203 or permission of instructor.

CFS 2209 Early Childhood Environments: 3 semester hours.

Study of home and school environments as foundations for fostering young children's learning. Emphasis on materials, space, schedule, and verbal interactions. Field experience required. PRE-or-COREQ: EDUC 2201. OS

CFS 2229 Textile Products: 3 semester hours.

Study of the interactive relationship among fibers, fabrics, and the construction of textile products. Information applied within the context of home and family use. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. ES

CFS 3314 Interior Design and Housing: 3 semester hours.

Study of individual housing needs and alternatives including practical applications and decision making. Emphasis on social-psychological aspects of housing. Topics include dwelling design, construction, financing, remodeling, and interior furnishings. EF

CFS 3322 Building Positive Relationships: 3 semester hours.

Exploration of the role of decision-making and interpersonal understanding as forces in creating self-formed individuals. Emphasis placed upon building and maintaining positive interpersonal relationships. PREREQ: SOC 1101 and PSYC 1101. D

CFS 3332 Programs in Family and Consumer Sciences: 3 semester hours.

Organization of professional-technical programs as influenced by legislation, State guidelines, association standards, and philosophical frameworks. Lecture and laboratory. OS

CFS 3373 Curriculum and Assessment in Early Childhood Education: 4 semester hours.

Study of assessment and inquiry based curriculum practices which support development and integrate learning in content areas, including literacy, math, science, art, music, drama, and movement. Field experience required. PREREQ: CFS 2209 and admission to Teacher Education Program or permission of instructor. COREQ: CFS 4435. F

CFS 3374 Constructing Social Understanding in Early Childhood Education: 4 semester hours.

Study of psychosocial and linguistic strategies to support learning, problem solving and other positive relationships in families and classrooms. Emergent social studies connections defined. PREREQ: CFS 3373 or permission of instructor. S

CFS 3375 Integrating Practices in Early Childhood Education: 3 semester hours.

Planning, delivery and assessment of learning in early childhood settings. Emphasis on reflective practice and professional collaboration as basis for decision-making. Field experience required. COREQ: CFS 3374 or permission of instructor. S

CFS 4400 Foundations of Early Childhood Special Education: 3 semester hours.

Survey of the history, philosophy, relevant legislation, and interdisciplinary aspects of the field. Major focus on typical and atypical development from birth through five years, integrating all areas of development. F

CFS 4401 Foundations of Early Childhood Education: 3 semester hours.

Examination of social, historical, and philosophical foundations of early childhood education and their respective influences on currently accepted concepts and practices in programs serving young children from birth through age eight. AF

CFS 4411 Concepts and Practices in Blended Early Childhood Programs I: 3 semester hours.

Synthesis of assessment and curriculum practices which support development and learning for all young children. Field experiences required. PREREQ: CFS 3373 or permission of instructor. F

CFS 4412 Concepts and Practices in Blended Early Childhood Programs II: 3 semester hours.

Candidate projects and integration of current policies, issues, and practices affecting young children and families. Introduction to program administration, supervision, and evaluation. Field experiences required. PREREQ: CFS 4411 or permission of instructor. S

CFS 4429 Social and Psychological Aspects of Clothing: 3 semester hours.

Study of clothing as a tool of self-expression and social interaction. Various personal and societal contexts emphasized. OF

CFS 4431 Family Resource Management: 3 semester hours.

Management theory for resource utilization and goal achievement. Issues include stress, communication, and family types. Emphasis on decision-making related to the dynamics of balancing work and family. PREREQ: CFS 4470 or permission of instructor. ES

CFS 4435 Relationships within Families: 3 semester hours.

Building and maintaining positive relationships within families. Critical issues facing individuals and families including communication, cultural diversity, balancing multiple roles, time management and financial planning. EF

CFS 4440 Partnerships with Families of Young Children: 3 semester hours.

Examination of early intervention policies and practices. Emphasis on development and implementation of individual family service plans and service delivery in natural settings. Field experience required. PREREQ: CFS 3373 or permission of instructor. S

CFS 4470 Consumer Economics: 3 semester hours.

Financial management content with a focus on developing effective decision-making processes for managing resources. Topics: The changing American family; consumer protection and recourse; purchasing decisions; consumer credit; fundamentals of savings/investment; and insurance. OF

CFS 4471 Advanced Consumers Economics: 3 semester hours.

Advanced study of social and economic problems affecting individuals and families. Topics: financial security; credit and loans; tax planning; major consumer purchases; risk management; investments; retirement and estate planning. PREREQ: CFS 4470 or permission of instructor. S

CFS 4472 Teaching Consumer Economics: 1-3 semester hours.

Designed to provide educators with current content and resources for developing consumer and economic education curriculum. Teaching techniques discussed and practiced. PREREQ: CFS 4471 or permission of instructor. D

CFS 4481 Special Problems in Child and Family Studies: 1-3 semester hours.

Candidates select problem on the basis of needs, interests, or abilities. Independent work in the laboratory, library, or community. Regular advisor conferences required. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. F, S, Su

CFS 4490 Field Experience in Child and Family Studies: 1-3 semester hours.

Candidates participate in a variety of settings including schools, agencies, businesses, and child care settings. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. F, S

CFS 4493 Early Childhood Education: Student Teaching Internship: 7-14 semester hours.

Candidates assume instructional and management responsibilities in supervised early childhood/primary setting. May be repeated. PREREQ: Admission to Teacher Education Program and/or approved application. Graded S/U. F, S

CFS 4494 Partnerships with Professionals: 3,6 semester hours.

Professional cooperative experience with business agency. Seminar plus 126 hours experience, 3 credits; 252 hours, 6 credits. PREREQ: 9 credits in emphasis area, 2.5 GPA, OLP 4457, and permission of instructor. D

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