Family and Child Studies Major, Families, Children and School Settings Concentration (B.A.)

Office: University Hall, Room 4144
Phone Number: (973) 655-4171
Email: deptfcst@mail.montclair.edu

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Family and Child Studies prepares students for careers working with youth and families in various settings. A major in Family and Child Studies may be for you if you answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Are you curious about the way children and adults grow and develop?
  • Have you wondered about how environmental and social factors affect physical, cognitive, and emotional development?
  • Are you interested in learning more about specific stages of human development such as infancy, childhood, adolescence, and aging?
  • Would you like to work with hospitalized children to help reduce the stress of medical treatment on them and their families?
  • Have you ever thought about a career in family counseling, working with youth in various settings, working with older adults, or teaching at the preschool or elementary grades level?

Graduates from the program work in a variety of human service settings. These include family and community services; youth service organizations; health care settings; juvenile and adult corrections; family courts system; long term care facilities; and early childhood, elementary, and parent education programs. This degree also provides students with the educational background they need to pursue graduate study in a variety of areas.

The Families, Children and School Settings concentration prepares students to work in a variety of educational settings. It allows students to pursue certification for teaching in schools at the P-3 or K-5 level.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Family and Child Studies Core
FCST 200Introduction to Family Studies3
FCST 304Research Methods for Studying Families and Children3
FCST 348Individual and Family Development Over the Life Course3
FCST 418Working with Diverse Families and Children3
FCST 445Poverty and Families3
FCST 315Field Experiences in Family and Child Services3
or FCST 316 Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children
Developmental Core
FCST 214Child Development I3
FCST 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
Major Electives
Select 9 credits of Major Electives9
Additional Coursework
Select 33 credits of the Additional Coursework with advisement33
Total Credits69

Major Electives

Professional Orientation
Family in Society
Interpersonal Relations
Social Gerontology: The Study of Aging
Women in Contemporary Society
Introduction to Child Life
Infant Development
Techniques for the Study of Child Personality
Family Stress and Coping
Exploring Family Diversity
Dynamics of One-To-One Communication
The Family in the Economic System
Volunteer in the Community
Group Dynamics
Individual and Professional Development in Family and Child Studies
Comparative Studies of Global Families
Field Trip Experiences in Family and Child Studies
Death and Bereavement in the Family
Independent Study
Teaching Daily Living Skills to Special Needs Populations
Organization and Management of Child Care Centers
Fieldwork Experience in Family and Child Studies: The Hospitalized Child
Gender Development Across the Life Course
Parenting Skills and Resources
Play Techniques in Working with Children
Adult Development and Aging
Peer Counseling
Theories and Techniques of Group Processes
Money Management
Action Approaches to Personal Awareness
Aging and Social Policy
Family Sociology
Challenge of Aging
Gender in a Changing World
Immigrant Families
Families in Later Life
Individual and Family Problem-Solving
Senior Seminar
Advanced Research Methods in Family and Child Studies
Workshop in Family and Child Studies
Internship
Sibling Relationships
Child in the Community
Special Studies in Family and Child Services
Evidence-Based Family Policy and Analysis
Family Counseling
Family Management

Additional Coursework

Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy
Promoting Infant Toddler Social Emotional Well-being in Educational Settings
Supervised Field Work in Infant and Toddler Educational Settings
Arts and Creative Expression in Early Childhood
Language and Literature for Young Children
Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education
Independent Study in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Selected Topics in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms
Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Elementary and Early Childhood Classrooms
Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms
Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms
Seminar I: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms
Clinical Experience II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms
Clinical Experience II: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms
Problem Solving in Science, Math, and Technology in Early Childhood Classrooms
Social and Cultural Context of Families and Communities
Seminar II: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms
Building Programs and Community in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms
Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms
Integrating Elementary Curriculum and Assessment for Equity and Diversity
In-Service Supervised Student Teaching
Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms
Content Integration and Assessment in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms
The Italian American Experience: On the Margins or in the Mainstream?
Psychological Foundations of Education
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Philosophical Orientation to Education
Historical Foundations of American Education
Gender Issues in Education
Teaching for Equity Diversity
Educating English Language Learners
Urban Politics and Education
Current Issues in American Education
Professional Orientation
Family in Society
Interpersonal Relations
Social Gerontology: The Study of Aging
Women in Contemporary Society
Introduction to Child Life
Infant Development
Techniques for the Study of Child Personality
Family Stress and Coping
Exploring Family Diversity
Dynamics of One-To-One Communication
The Family in the Economic System
Volunteer in the Community
Group Dynamics
Individual and Professional Development in Family and Child Studies
Comparative Studies of Global Families
Field Trip Experiences in Family and Child Studies
Death and Bereavement in the Family
Independent Study
Teaching Daily Living Skills to Special Needs Populations
Organization and Management of Child Care Centers
Field Experiences in Family and Child Services
Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children
Fieldwork Experience in Family and Child Studies: The Hospitalized Child
Gender Development Across the Life Course
Parenting Skills and Resources
Play Techniques in Working with Children
Adult Development and Aging
Peer Counseling
Theories and Techniques of Group Processes
Money Management
Action Approaches to Personal Awareness
Aging and Social Policy
Family Sociology
Challenge of Aging
Gender in a Changing World
Immigrant Families
Families in Later Life
Individual and Family Problem-Solving
Senior Seminar
Advanced Research Methods in Family and Child Studies
Workshop in Family and Child Studies
Internship
Sibling Relationships
Child in the Community
Special Studies in Family and Child Services
Evidence-Based Family Policy and Analysis
Family Counseling
Family Management
College Learning and Thinking Skills
Children's Literature for a Multicultural Society
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Teaching for Equity Diversity
Educating English Language Learners
Early Literacy Development and Instruction
Literacy in the Elementary Grades
Language Literacy
Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education
Language-Based Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms
Content Area Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms
Inclusive Methods for Middle and Secondary Schools
Promoting Prosocial Behaviors in Inclusive Settings