Department of Human Development and Family Studies

(Effective Spring Semester 2015, the major in Early Childhood Education replaces the preparation for teacher licensure in Early Childhood Education, Birth through Grade 3. Contact the department for details.)

In collaboration with the Center for Educator Preparation within the School of Education, the Department of Human Development and Family Studies provides a competitive-entry Major in Early Childhood Education requiring an application in the sophomore year for possible admission in the junior year. The degree enables students to apply for Early Childhood teacher licensure and Director Qualification in the state of Colorado, and qualifies students to engage in a number of early childhood professions, including teaching grades Pre K - 3rd grade in public or private schools in Colorado, teaching in Head Start and other preschool or childcare programs, establishing a business as a family or center care provider, or serving as director of a childcare center. An understanding of human development and family studies provides a strong foundation for students desiring a license to teach young children between the ages of 0 and 8. Knowledge of lifespan developmental processes and family systems prepares future teachers to work in partnership with parents and grandparents in educating children. Students aspiring to work with children between the ages of 0 and 8 can apply during their sophomore year to the major in Early Childhood Education. If accepted, students take courses in HDFS and SOE as a part of their degree requirements.

Students are encouraged to check the program of study and consult with HDFS academic advisers, as some prerequisites are required before entry into the major. The Early Childhood Education major uses a cohort model and admits a limited number of students, typically between 25-30, each year. The admission process takes place once a year in the spring semester, with the admitted candidates starting in the fall. Students in the Early Childhood Education major achieve both Early Childhood Education core learning outcomes, obtained through HDFS and SOE courses and all learning outcomes required by the Colorado Department of Education for Early Childhood Education licensure.

Students who successfully complete this program will be prepared to pursue licensure in Colorado. Licensure requirements in other states and U.S. territories may differ. Students are encouraged to work with the department and the professional licensure board in the state in which they intend to pursue licensing to ensure all requirements are satisfactorily met.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • Content knowledge and understanding of theory, research, and practice relevant to optimizing the development, health, and well-being of children and families in the context of the larger social environment.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills appropriate for early childhood educators interfacing with colleagues, children, and parents/guardians.
  • The ability to access, critically evaluate, and apply multiple forms of information related to children and families.
  • Professional and leadership skills with individuals and families, including ethical and culturally sensitive conduct.
  • Knowledge and skill in teaching and assessing literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, music, art, and physical education in early childhood.

Learn more about the Early Childhood Education major on the Department of Human Development and Family Studies website.

Effective Fall 2020

Students must complete the following courses with a C or better to fulfill requirements for the major: all EDUC courses, all HDFS courses, and PSY 460.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
HDFS 101Individual and Family Development (GT-SS3)3C3
HDFS 217Creative Experiences for Children 3
HDFS 277Introductory Seminar in HDFS 1
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C3
Select one course from the following:1 3-4
Humans and Other Animals (GT-SC2)3A 
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A 
Arts and Humanities3B6
Diversity and Global Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives23D3
Quantitative Reasoning31B3
 Total Credits 31-32
Sophomore
 
EDUC 275Schooling in the United States (GT-SS3)3C3
HDFS 310Infant and Child Development in Context 3
HDFS 311Adolescent/Early Adult Development in Context 3
HDFS 318Infancy and Toddlerhood 3
HDFS 334Family and Parenthood Across the Life Cycle 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Select one course from the following: 3
General Statistics (GT-MA1)1B 
Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods  
Biological and Physical Sciences13A3-4
Electives 6
 Total Credits 30-31
Junior
 
EDUC 331Educational Technology and Assessment 2
EDUC 340Literacy and the Learner 3
EDUC 400Diagnostic Teaching of Reading 3
EDUC 425Early Childhood Education I 4
FSHN 445/HDFS 445Early Childhood Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
HDFS 350Applied Research Methods4A3
HDFS 375Lifespan Intervention and Prevention Science 3
HDFS 410Promoting Early Socioemotional Development 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Disabilities in Early Childhood Education  
Child Exceptionality and Psychopathology  
Elective 3
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
EDUC 426Early Childhood Education II 4
EDUC 485CStudent Teaching: Early Childhood 12
EDUC 493ASeminar: Professional Relations 1
HDFS 434Risk and Resilience Across the Lifespan4B3
HDFS 439Administration of Early Childhood Programs 3
HDFS 492Capstone--Evidence-Based Program Proposals4C3
Elective 2
 Total Credits 28
 Program Total Credits: 120

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
Students seeking admission to the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Major with teacher licensure must formally apply and be accepted. The admission process into the program takes place once a year in the spring with the admitted candidates starting the program the following fall. All coursework within the Center for Educator Preparation (CEP) requires a 4 semester (or 2 year) consecutive commitment to complete, therefore EDUC subject code courses must be taken in the semester indicated. Requirements for applying to the ECE major: 1) Must have a 2.75 GPA or better, 2) Suggested to have completed 60 credits (or more) by the end of the semester in which the student is applying (typically students apply their second semester sophomore year), 3) Must have 20 hours of volunteer or work service with children ages 0‐8 years (experience must have been within the last 5 years), 4) Must have 3 references. All HDFS subject code courses and EDUC 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 field placement courses. 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 277Introductory Seminar in HDFS X 1
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Quantitative Reasoning  1B3
MATH 101 or MATH 117/MATH 118/MATH 124 strongly recommended to fulfill the AUCC 1B Mathematics requirement. X  
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 217Creative Experiences for ChildrenX  3
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3) X3C3
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Humans and Other Animals (GT-SC2) X3A 
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1) X3A 
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Diversity and Global Awareness  3E3
HDFS 277 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 334Family and Parenthood Across the Life Cycle X 3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3-4
Elective   3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
EDUC 275Schooling in the United States (GT-SS3) X3C3
HDFS 318Infancy and Toddlerhood   3
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 (GT-MA1) X1B 
Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods X  
Elective   3
It is recommended that students apply to ECE program by the end Semester 4. X  
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
EDUC 331Educational Technology and AssessmentX  2
EDUC 340Literacy and the LearnerX  3
HDFS 375Lifespan Intervention and Prevention Science X 3
HDFS 410Promoting Early Socioemotional Development X 3
HDFS 445/FSHN 445Early Childhood Health, Safety, and Nutrition X 3
PSY 100, STAT 201 OR STAT 301 must be completed by the end of Semester 5. X   
Student must be admitted to Teacher Licensure Program by the end of Semester 5. X   
 Total Credits   14
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
EDUC 400Diagnostic Teaching of ReadingX  3
EDUC 425Early Childhood Education IX  4
HDFS 350Applied Research MethodsX 4A3
Select one course from the following:   3
Disabilities in Early Childhood EducationX   
Child Exceptionality and PsychopathologyX   
Elective   3
 Total Credits   16
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
EDUC 426Early Childhood Education IIX  4
HDFS 434Risk and Resilience Across the LifespanX 4B3
HDFS 439Administration of Early Childhood Programs   3
HDFS 492Capstone--Evidence-Based Program ProposalsX 4C3
Elective   2
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
EDUC 485CStudent Teaching: Early ChildhoodX  12
EDUC 493ASeminar: Professional RelationsX  1
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   13
 Program Total Credits:   120