Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies
The BS degree in Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) prepares students to work with children and families in a variety of settings. Students can select from several curriculum pathways to best suit their career goals and interests. Broadly, students may choose to focus their studies in the area of early childhood development or youth and families.
All CDFS graduates are prepared through both course work and field experiences; thus, while completing their degree, students are able to gain hands-on experience in their profession.
Students who focus on the early childhood will acquire:
- Knowledge of the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of young
children in the family and preschool contexts.
- Skills in implementing appropriate curricula as well as developmental and performance
- Ability to construct positive and enriched early childhood environments where the
young have the opportunity to develop skills for lifelong learning.
- Knowledge of current best practices that prepare young children to be competent,
- Ability to reflect on one’s knowledge and skills of teaching and interacting with
- Knowledge of how young children learn in order to prepare educational activities
in inclusive environments.
- Extensive field experiences with various ages of young children--infants, toddlers and preschoolers and young school age.
Students who focus on youth and family will acquire:
- Knowledge in human growth and development, adolescent development, human sexuality,
family issues and interaction, youth concerns and issues, and related topics.
- Understanding of the various social contextual influences on adolescent development
and family functioning and the interactive relationships between families and
other societal institutions such as schools.
- Various strategies for working with adolescents and families in various social
service and community-based context.
- Hands-on experience working with children, adolescents, and/or families at community
- Awareness of the multiple career paths for students in this area of study along
with options and opportunities for graduate studies.
Early Childhood Development
- Pre-K Certification with Preschool Special Needs Pre-K-K Endorsement
- Child Development (Non-Certification) Option