Child Studies

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Our Concentration in Child Studies is designed for early childhood education professionals who seek to make a positive difference in the lives of young children.

This concentration focuses on preparing professionals to work with children in a variety of early childhood settings. It is designed to develop skills and knowledge to address the physical, cognitive, intellectual, language, social/emotional, and creative needs of young children.

Child Studies is 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

    Concentration Requirements
    ECE 247: Child Development3
    SOC 210: Sociology of the Family3
    PSY 335: Psychology of Exceptional Children3
    PSY 410: Research Methods3

    Approved Electives from the following topic areas:

    • Early Childhood Practicum
    • Early Childhood Methods
    • Behavior Management in EC Professionals
    • Early Childhood Music
    • Children's Literature
    • Special Needs

    Approved Electives from the following Social Science areas:

    • Typical/Atypical Development
    • Family Studies
    • Or another area related to child studies proposed by the student and approved by the student's academic counselor. Courses should not have an education designation.
    ECE 499: Child Studies Capstone3
  • Prerequisites


    • ECE 101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
    • PSY 101: Psychology
    • SOC 101: Sociology
  • Co-requisites


    • 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 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

    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.