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

Requirement Credits Examples
Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3  
Child Development 3  
Sociology of the Family 3  
Psychology of Exceptional Children 3  
Practicum 6  
Completion of credits earned in the areas listed to the right. 9 Early 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. 9 Typical/Atypical Development, Family Studies, Social Issues, or another area related to child studies proposed by the student and approved by the faculty.
Capstone 3 ECE 499 (Culminating course in concentration)
TOTAL 39  
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Psychology 3  
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Sociology 3  
Co-requisite: Nutrition course taken in science department or a course taken at a community college such as Health, Safety and Nutrition 3  

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.