Family Science and Human Development Major, Families, Children and School Settings Concentration with Teacher Certification Teacher in Grades P-3 (B.A.)

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements24
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3
Major Requirements36
Teacher Education Program Requirements57
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Family and Child Studies Core
FSHD 200Introduction to the Content Areas in Family Science and Human Development3
FSHD 304Research Methods for Studying Families and Human Development3
FSHD 315Field Experiences in Family and Human Services3
or FSHD 316 Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children
FSHD 348Individual and Family Development Over the Life Course3
FSHD 418Working with Diverse Families and Children3
FSHD 445Poverty and Families3
Developmental Core
FSHD 214Child Development I3
FSHD 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
Major Electives
Complete 9 credits of any available FSHD courses.9
Total Credits36

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (P-3)

Pre-Professional Sequence
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education 13
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
PSYC 235Psychology of Exceptional Children and Youth3
Child Development I (Course credits are counted in the major.)
Introduction to Psychology (Course credits are counted in the major.)
Professional Sequence
First Semester Junior Year
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
Child Development II: Adolescence (Course credits are counted in the major.)
Second Semester Junior Year
ECSE 328Curriculum and Pedagogy in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms3
ECEL 216Arts and Creative Expression in Early Childhood3
ECEL 420Building Programs and Community in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms3
First Semester Senior Year
ECEL 410Clinical Practice I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms2
ECEL 412Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms1
ECEL 417Problem Solving in Science, Math, and Technology in Early Childhood Classrooms3
READ 209Children's Literature for a Multicultural Society3
Second Semester Senior Year
ECEL 414Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms9
ECEL 421Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms3
Total Credits57

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication
Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives
Philosophical Orientation to Education (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Mathematics in Elementary Schools I (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete one 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History
Historical Foundations of American Education (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Introduction to Psychology (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
Total Credits24

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on placement exam complete one or two sequential courses in one language.3-6
World Cultures
Poverty and Families (Fulfilled in major.)
Total Credits3-6

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
 Credits4
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
 Credits6
Second Year
Spring
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EDFD 220 Philosophical Orientation to Education 3
MTHM 201 Mathematics in Elementary Schools I 3
PSYC 235 Psychology of Exceptional Children and Youth 3
 Credits9
Third Year
Fall
FSHD 314 Child Development II: Adolescence 3
MTHM 302 Mathematics in Elementary Schools II 3
READ 399 Early Literacy Development and Instruction 3
ECEL 279 Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education 3
 Credits12
Spring
ECSE 328 Curriculum and Pedagogy in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms 3
ECEL 216 Arts and Creative Expression in Early Childhood 3
ECEL 420 Building Programs and Community in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms 3
 Credits9
Fourth Year
Fall
ECEL 410 Clinical Practice I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 2
ECEL 412 Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms 1
ECEL 417 Problem Solving in Science, Math, and Technology in Early Childhood Classrooms 3
READ 209 Children's Literature for a Multicultural Society 3
 Credits9
Spring
ECEL 414 Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 9
ECEL 421 Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits61