Child Studies with a focus in Early Childhood Studies

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Child Studies with a focus in Early Childhood Studies

(Also see Child Studies and Child Studies with a Focus in Montessori Studies. For Connecticut students who work in state funded preschools and wish to pursue the Connecticut Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC) see Child Studies with a focus in Early Childhood Studies - ECTC track )

The Concentrations in Child Studies are designed for early childhood education professionals who seek to make a positive difference in the lives of young children. These concentrations focus on preparing professionals to work with children in a variety of early childhood settings. They are designed to develop skills and knowledge to address the physical, cognitive, intellectual, language, social/emotional, and creative needs of young children.

Child Studies with a focus in Early Childhood Studies allows for specialization in Infant/Toddler, Preschool or Program Administration. This concentration requires a minimum of 39 credits.

Concentration Requirements

RequirementCreditsExamples
Introduction to Early Childhood Education3 
Child Development3 
Sociology of the Family3 
Psychology of Exceptional Children3 
Practicum6 
Completion of credits earned in the areas listed to the right.9Early Childhood Methods, Behavior Management in EC Professionals, Early Childhood Music, Children's Literature, Special needs, OR optional specialization in Infant-Toddler Care or Program Administration
Completion of credits from the Social Science areas listed to the right.9Typical/Atypical Development, Family Studies, Social Issues, or another area related to child studies proposed by the student and approved by the faculty.
Capstone3ECE 499 (Culminating course in concentration)
TOTAL39 
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Psychology3 
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Sociology3 
Co-requisite: Nutrition course taken in science department or a course taken at a community college such as Health, Safety and Nutrition3 

Note: Only grades of C of higher may be included in the concentration.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Child Studies will be able to:
  1. apply knowledge of typical and atypical development in children to create positive learning environments;
  2. describe the diverse and complex characteristics of families and communities to establish respectful, reciprocal relationships that help to empower families;
  3. explain the value of observing children as a means of assessing their development;
  4. select and design developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities to promote positive development and learning for children;
  5. apply current research and literature in the field to practice; and
  6. value ongoing continuous professional development.