Early Child Development Option

Understanding what children need

The early childhood development emphasis is designed to provide you with a strong, broad-based understanding of children and their developmental needs and to prepare you to work with children in a variety of settings. If you want to work in settings such as child welfare, Head Start, domestic violence agencies or serve as a program director for infant and child care centers, the courses offered in this concentration will be beneficial to you.

Four-year degree plan sample schedule

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The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

ENG 110 Writing I 3
CFD 155 Principles of Human Development 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
CFD 163 Relationships in Today's Families 3
Culture and Society/Humanities 3
CIS/CSC 101 - Computers for Learning 2
CFD 150 Introduction to Child and Family Development 1
Total hours16

Second semester (spring)

CFD 160 Principles of Development in Early Childhood 3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
BIO 102 Principles of Biological Science 4
SOC 150 Introduction to Society 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
CFS 120 or KIN 253/257 - Family Health 2
Total hours17

Third semester (fall)

CFD 260 Observing, Assessing, and Creating Activities for Young Children 4
Self-Understanding/Creativity and Vision 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Total hours16

Fourth semester (spring)

PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
BMS 130 Essentials of Nutrition 3
HST 121 or 122 - Survey of U.S. History 3
Natural World elective 4
CFD 257 Principles of Development in Middle Childhood 3
Total hours16

Fifth semester (fall)

CFD 455 Infants and Toddlers: Development and Program Planning 4
Psychology Elective 3
Self-Understanding/Humanities 3
CFD 250 Parenting in Contemporary Society 3
Total hours16

Sixth semester (spring)

CFD 360 Planning and Implementing Curriculum for Child Development Centers 5
CFD 560 Family Engagement 3
CFD 361 Principles of Family Development 3
CFD 301 or 350 or 532 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

PSY 441 Psychology of Adolescence 3
CFD 305 Multicultural Studies in Child and Family Development 3
CFD 563 Administration of Programs for Children and Families 3
CFD 562 Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect 3
General Elective 3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

CFD 466 Internship in Programs for Children, Youth, Adults, and Families 6
Upper Division CFD elective 3
Upper Division CFD elective 3
General Elective 3
Total hours15