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Curriculum

B.S. in Child Studies Total Credits
120 crs.

General Education Requirements
54 crs.
Common Core
12 crs.
ENG110 College Writing
3 crs.
ENG130 Literature and Composition
3 crs.
COM107 Introduction to Communications
3 crs.
CIS112 Introduction to Computing
3 crs.
Liberal Arts
24 crs.
History Elective*
3 crs.
PHL203 Ethics
3 crs.
PSY101 Fundamentals of Psychology I
3 crs.
SOC101 Principles of Sociology
3 crs.
SOC312 Race and Ethnicity
3 crs.
Performance, Written, or Fine Arts Elective
3 crs.
Elective
3 crs.
Elective
3 crs.
Math
6 crs.
MAT105 Quantitative Methods or higher
3 crs.
MAT220 Statistics I
3 crs.
Science
3 crs.
Elective*
3 crs.
Open Electives**
9 crs.
Electives
6 crs.
Designated 300-400 Level Elective
3 crs.

Leadership Course
3 crs.
LCS105 Elements of Organizations
3 crs.

Major, Core and Concentrations
51 crs.
Designated Writing Course
3 crs.
CHS450 Observation, Assessment & Individualization
3 crs.
Major Core
39 crs.
CHS111 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (ECE)
3 crs.
CHS199 Practicum I***
3 crs.
CHS203 Children's Literature and Language Arts
3 crs.
CHS208 Teaching the Exceptional Learners
3 crs.
CHS236 Home, School & Community
3 crs.
CHS250 STEM in the ECE Classroom
3 crs.
CHS254 Health, Safety and Nutrition
3 crs.
CHS298 Practicum II***
3 crs.
CHS320 Emergent Literacy
3 crs.
CHS425 Curriculum Approaches in ECE
3 crs.
CHS490 Capstone Field Experience***
6 crs.
PSY201 Child Development
3 crs.
Behavioral Science Core
15 crs.
PSY260 Educational Psychology
3 crs.
PSY310 Learning Theory
3 crs.
PSY320 Language Development in Young Children
3 crs.
SOC211 Sociology of Marriage and the Family
3 crs.
PSY or SOC 300-400 Level Elective
3 crs.

COLLEGE TO CAREER CORE
6 crs.
CTC101 College Success Seminar
3 crs.
CTC301 Professional Success Seminar
3 crs.


*Main Campus, for those pursuing teacher certification after graduation, consider: BIO120 Concepts of Biology and BIO143L General Biology I Lab,
HIS201 United States History I

**The following courses are recommended open electives: CHS201 Creative Activities, CHS252 Social Studies in ECE Classrooms, CHS307 Child Care Administration, CHS330 Environments for Play

***Prerequisite of a minimum 2.50 GPA required.

The university reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The university will notify students of any changes officially through the university website. 

For full course descriptions please refer to the University Catalog for the current Academic Year.


Program Outcomes

  • Students will apply developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging learning environments that are reflective of the multiple influences on early development and learning.

  • Students will apply their knowledge and understanding of family, culture and community characteristics when building effective relationships with families and children.

  • Students will observe and document children’s learning using appropriate assessment tools and approaches while forming assessment partnerships with families and other professionals.

  • Students will construct and implement an engaging curriculum that is meaningful, challenging and achievable to all children both as a group and as individuals.

  • Students will demonstrate ethical guidelines (NAEYC’s Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment) and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

  • Students will demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on their work making informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources.

  • Students will develop a professional commitment to children, families, colleagues and the early childhood community.

  • Students will communicate effectively and professionally both orally and through writing.

Other Requirements

Professionalism, Prevention of Abuse, and Safety in the Field of Early Childhood Education

Children deserve to be safe and well taken care of. Thus, one critical way to ensure this is to make sure that adults caring for and working with children have undergone a comprehensive background check and fingerprinting.

Background Checks & Fingerprinting Information
As a degree candidate in Early Childhood Education or Child Studies you will be required to complete observations, as well as practicums and capstone field experiences. A criminal background check and/or finger printing may be required for any such observations and/or placements working with children.

Please note: The requirement for criminal background checks and/or fingerprinting is at the sole discretion of your chosen site/s in accordance with local, state, and federal law. Students are responsible for understanding and meetingany such requirements prior to engaging the aforementioned observations or field experiences.