Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
Charter Oak State College Official Catalog

Child Studies

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.

Concentration Requirements

ECE 247: Child Development

3 cr

SOC 210: Sociology of the Family

3 cr

PSY 335: Psychology of Exceptional Children

3 cr

PSY 410: Research Methods

3 cr

Approved Electives from the Early Childhood Education area include:

  • ECE 210: Observation & Assessment in EC Programs
  • ECE 215: Behavior Management in EC
  • ECE 250: Admin & Supervision in ECE Programs
  • ECE 261: Infant/Toddler Care: Methods & Tech
  • ECE 304: Advanced Language & Literacy: Infant/Toddler
  • ECE 310: Speech & Language Development
  • ECE 335: Advanced Methods ECE/Special Ed-Pre K-K

9 cr

Approved Electives from the following Social Science topic area include:

  • Typical/Atypical Development
  • Family Studies
  • Social Issues

15 cr

ECE 499: Capstone

3 cr


  • 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:

  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 value ongoing continuous professional development.