Child and Family Studies, Bachelor of Science with a Concentration in Child Development (B.S.)
The Child & Family Studies major offers three concentrations: Child Development, Family Studies, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
The Child Development concentration prepares graduates to teach or direct early childhood programs (birth through age 8). Career opportunities include Head Start, profit or non-profit child care/agencies, and family resource centers.
To be granted a degree in Child and Family Studies students must have a “C” or better in all CDF and supporting courses.
Upon completion of a degree in Child and Family Studies graduates will be able to:
- assess developmental, political, social, cultural, economic and technological influences on the well-being and diversity of individuals, families and communities;
- design and implement a range of services for individuals, children and families;
- utilize and interpret appropriate individual, family and program evaluation measures;
- access community resources and collaborate with community agencies/services; and
- evaluate and monitor their professional development.
Admission and Progression Requirements for Child and Family Studies with a Concentration in Child Development
All students who are accepted by EKU’s Admission office and declare their major as Child and Family Studies are admitted to the University as pre-Child and Family Studies majors. However, admission to the pre-Child and Family Studies program does not guarantee admission to the Child and Family Studies program. To be admitted to the Child and Family Studies program the following criteria must be met:
- Minimum of 45 hours with a 2.75 overall GPA,
- GPA of 3.0 with a grade of “C” or better in each course in the following courses
Course List Code Title Hours CDF 203 Philosophical & Historical Foundations of the EC Profession 3 CDF 235 Child Development: Conception-Eight Years 3 CDF 236 Interaction and Guidance 3 CDF 246 Creative Activities and Materials for Young Children 3 CDF 310 Observation and Assessment in ECE 3 CDF 327S Family Involvement with Young Children 3
Once these requirements have been met, the student must apply to the Child and Family Studies Program Director for a change from the pre-Child and Family Studies program to the Child and Family Studies program.
CIP Code: 19.0701
Summary Checklist for General Education
|A: Written Communication
|B: Written Communication
|C: Oral Communication
|A: Historical Science
|B: Social Behavioral Science
|Diversity of Perspectives Experiences
Students are expected to complete Elements 1 and 2 within their first 60 hours of college credit.
|University Graduation Requirements
|Student Success Seminar
|Student Success Seminar (waived for transfers with 30+ hrs.)
|Upper division courses (42 hrs. distributed throughout Major/Supporting/Gen Ed/Free Electives categories)
|Introduction to the Family
|Child Development: Conception-Eight Years 1
|Interaction and Guidance
|Family Involvement with Young Children
|Diversity Awareness Prof Prac
|Family Stress and Resilience
|Nutrition in the Life Cycle
|Ethics and Advocacy in Family and Consumer Sciences
|Students must select one of the following Concentrations: 2
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood
|Students must register for and take the PRAXIS exam which correlates to their degree program, per College of Education requirements. Refer to Degree Works for exam details. The PRAXIS exam must be taken prior to student teaching.
Course meets Professional Education Requirements.
May include substantial practicum hours, as mandated by program accrediting bodies.
|Philosophical & Historical Foundations of the EC Profession
|Creative Activities and Materials for Young Children
|Observation and Assessment in ECE
|Early Childhood Literacy
|Early Childhood Practicum
|Program Planning for Infants and Toddlers
|Prog Plan for Preschool Chldrn
|Early Childhood Practicum 1
|Research Analysis in Child and Family Studies
|Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs
|Supporting Course Requirements
|Choose from 12 hours of the following:
|Special Education in Early Childhood
|Early Childhood Health Care
|Early Child Sensorimotor Development
CDF 450 Early Childhood Practicum is a 9 credit hour course and requires a 3.0 GPA in major requirements prior to enrolling.