The Concentration in Child Studies is designed for students who want to work in an early childhood setting and/or wish to go on to a Master of Education or a Certification program to teach in a public school setting. It is designed to develop skills and knowledge to address the physical, cognitive, intellectual, language, social/emotional, and creative needs of young children.
ECE 247: Child Development
SOC 210: Sociology of the Family
PSY 335: Psychology of Exceptional Children
PSY 410: Research Methods
Approved Electives from the Early Childhood Education area include:
Approved Electives from the following Social Science topic area include:
ECE 499: Capstone
- ECE 101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
- PSY 101: Psychology
- SOC 101: Sociology
- A nutrition course taken in the science department, such as BIO 105 Introduction to Nutrition, or a course that covers early childhood nutrition such as ECE 176: Health Safety and Nutrition: Birth to Eight.
** It is recommended that U.S. History should be met with a course on the list of approved U.S. History courses for teacher certification in Connecticut. The complete list can be found on the CT SDE website.
Out-of-state residents interested in teacher certification should check with their State Departments of Education for current specific course requirements.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with a concentration in Child Studies will be able to:
- apply knowledge of typical and atypical development in children to create positive learning environments;
- describe the diverse and complex characteristics of families and communities to establish respectful, reciprocal relationships that help to empower families;
- explain the value of observing children as a means of assessing their development;
- select and design developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities to promote positive development and learning for children;
- apply current research and literature in the field to practice and value ongoing continuous professional development.