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, independent
- Ability to reflect on
one’s knowledge and skills of teaching and interacting with young children.
- Knowledge of how young
children learn in order to prepare educational activities in inclusive
- 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
- Hands-on experience
working with children, adolescents, and/or families at community agencies.
- 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