The courses in the Early Childhood Professions Concentration prepare students for careers in early childhood education as well as professional work with children across a variety of settings, including working with children with special needs. This concentration is an ideal choice for first and second year HDFS majors who plan to apply to the competitive on-campus Early Childhood Education Major during their sophomore year. This concentration is also the preferred choice for students interested in the early childhood education careers that do not require teacher licensure, or for students who will pursue a graduate degree and licensure in childhood education. Students interested in working with children with special needs, those seeking director qualifications in early childhood education, and those seeking other relevant credentials would also benefit from choosing this concentration. The curriculum incorporates courses from several disciplines that focus on early child development, education, diversity, and professional skills. 

Effective Fall 2016

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses used to satisfy the requirements of the Major in Human Development and Family Studies, Early Childhood Professions Concentration. Courses used as substitutions also require a minimum grade of C.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Humans and Other Animals (GT-SC2)3A 
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A 
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
HDFS 101Individual and Family Development (GT-SS3)3C3
HDFS 277Professional Skills Development I 1
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C3
SOC 100General Sociology (GT-SS3)3C3
Arts and Humanities3B6
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Mathematics1B3
 Total Credits 31-32
Sophomore
 
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
HDFS 310Infant and Child Development in Context 3
HDFS 311Adolescent/Early Adult Development in Context 3
HDFS 312Adult Development-Middle Age and Aging 3
HDFS 334Family and Parenthood Across the Life Cycle 3
STAT 201 or 301General Statistics
Introduction to Statistical Methods
 3
Early Childhood Professions Concentration Courses (See list below)1 3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3-4
Electives 6
 Total Credits 30-31
Junior
 
HDFS 350Applied Research Methods4A3
HDFS 375Lifespan Intervention and Prevention Science 3
HDFS 402Couple and Family Studies 3
HDFS 434Risk and Resilience Across the Lifespan4B3
Early Childhood Professions Concentration Courses1 6
Electives 11
 Total Credits 29
Senior
 
HDFS 410Socioemotional Development in Childhood 3
HDFS 477Professional Skills Development II 1
HDFS 488B2Field Placement: Early Childhood 5-8
HDFS 492Seminar-Program Proposal Development4C3
Early Childhood Professions Concentration Course (See list below)1 3
Electives3 11-14
 Total Credits 29
 Program Total Credits: 120

Early Childhood Professions Concentration Courses1

Code Title AUCC Credits
D 324 Teaching Creative Movement for Children 2
EDUC 275 Schooling in the United States (GT-SS3) 4 3C 3
FSHN 445/HDFS 445 Early Childhood Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
HDFS 217 Creative Experiences for Children 3
HDFS 286 Practicum-Professional Skills 3
HDFS 317 Special Needs in Early Childhood 3
HDFS 318 Infancy and Toddlerhood 3
HDFS 320 Cognitive and Language Development 3
HDFS 439 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 3
IE 471 Children and Youth in Global Context 3
PSY 460 Child Exceptionality and Psychopathology 3
SOWK 371A Social Work with Selected Populations: Children and Families 3
1

Of the 12 required credits of concentration courses, a minimum of 6 credits must be HDFS courses and a minimum of 9 credits must be upper-division (300- to 400-level). Courses may not double-count for more than one HDFS concentration.

2

Students with substantial career-relevant experience may petition to replace HDFS 488B with a three-course upper-division cognate defined with and approved by the advisor. The additional 1-4 credits required for the cognate can be double-counted as electives but not as concentration courses.

3

Select enough elective credits to bring the program to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

4

Courses selected to fulfill All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements may not double count toward the Early Childhood Professions Concentration Course requirement.

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
Human Development and Family Studies is an open-entry major for freshmen. For sophomores and above, students must complete and/or be enrolled in HDFS 101, PSY 100 or SOC 100 in order to declare HDFS.  HDFS subject code courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Students will be required to pass a criminal arrest record background check prior to participating in the internship course their senior year. The internship comprises the HDFS 477 and HDFS 488B (requires a background check through CBI, FBI) courses which must be taken concurrently. Students will complete a graduation contract with an HDFS Academic Advisor during the first two weeks of the semester in which they are graduating.

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
HDFS 101Individual and Family Development (GT-SS3)X 3C3
HDFS 277Professional Skills Development I X 1
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Mathematics  1B3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Humans and Other Animals (GT-SC2) X3A 
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1) X3A 
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3) X3C3
SOC 100General Sociology (GT-SS3) X3C3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
CO 150, HDFS 277, and AUCC 1B (MATH) requirement must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 310Infant and Child Development in ContextX  3
HDFS 311Adolescent/Early Adult Development in Context X 3
HDFS 312Adult Development-Middle Age and Aging X 3
HDFS 334Family and Parenthood Across the Life Cycle   3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3-4
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3) X2 
Select one course from the following:   3
General Statistics X  
Introduction to Statistical Methods X  
Early Childhood Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 350Applied Research Methods X4A3
HDFS 375Lifespan Intervention and Prevention Science   3
Early Childhood Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Electives   5
STAT 201 or STAT 301 must be completed by the end of Semester 5.X   
 Total Credits   14
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 402Couple and Family Studies   3
HDFS 434Risk and Resilience Across the Lifespan  4B3
Early Childhood Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 410Socioemotional Development in Childhood   3
HDFS 477Professional Skills Development II   1
HDFS 488BField Placement: Early Childhood   5-8
Early Childhood Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Elective   0-3
HDFS 350 must be completed by the end of Semester 7.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 492Seminar-Program Proposal DevelopmentX 4C3
ElectivesX  11
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   14
 Program Total Credits:   120