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Child Studies

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(Also see Child Studies with a focus in Early Childhood 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 is an option for students who want to work in an early childhood setting and/or go on to a Master of Education or a certification program to teach in a public school setting. This concentration requires a minimum of 39 credits.

Concentration Requirements:

Child Development3 
Sociology of the Family3 
Psychology of Exceptional Children3 
Research Methods3 
Completion of credits earned in the areas listed to the right.9Early Childhood Practicum, Early Childhood Methods, Behavior Management in EC Professionals, Early Childhood Music, Children's Literature, Special needs
Completion of credits from the Social Science areas listed to the right.15Typical/Atypical Development, Family Studies, or another area related to child studies proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. Courses should not have an education designation.
Capstone3ECE 499 (Culminating course in concentration)
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Early Childhood Education  
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Psychology  
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Sociology  
Co-requisite: A nutrition course taken in the science department, such as BIO 105 Introduction to Nutrition, or a course taken at a community college such as Health Safety and Nutrition.  

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

Students interested in continuing on to a Master's Degree in Education or a Certificate Program should take a minimum of 18 credits in typical/atypical, child and human development. Out of state residents should contact their State Department of Education for current state certification requirements.

In addition, the general education requirements for Mathematics and U.S. History/Government should be met with a Statistics course for mathematics; and for CT residents, a course on the list of approved United States History courses for teacher certification in Connecticut.

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
  6. value ongoing continuous professional development.