Department of Human Development and Family Studies

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 disabilities, in healthcare settings, and community agencies. This concentration focuses on early childhood development from birth to eight years old and therefore is an ideal choice for first and second year HDFS majors who plan to apply to the competitive on-campus Major in Early Childhood Education 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, for students who will pursue a graduate degree and licensure in childhood education, and those interested in combining this concentration with another concentration in pre-health, prevention, and intervention sciences, or leadership and entrepreneurial professions. 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. 

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.

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

Effective Fall 2020

A minimum grade of C (2.000) 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 (2.000).

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
HDFS 101Individual and Family Development (GT-SS3)3C3
HDFS 277Introductory Seminar in HDFS 1
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C3
SOC 100General Sociology (GT-SS3)3C3
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Humans and Other Animals (GT-SC2)3A 
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A 
Arts and Humanities3B6
Diversity and Global Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Quantitative Reasoning1B3
 Total Credits 31-32
Sophomore
 
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
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  
Early Childhood Professions Concentration Courses (See list below) 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
Select one course from the following:1 1
HDFS Professional Preparation  
HDFS Professional Development  
Early Childhood Professions Concentration Courses (See list below) 6
Electives 11
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
HDFS 410Promoting Early Socioemotional Development 3
HDFS 488B1Internship: Early Childhood 5-8
HDFS 492Capstone--Evidence-Based Program Proposals4C3
Early Childhood Professions Concentration Course (See list below) 3
Electives2 11-14
 Total Credits 28
 Program Total Credits: 120

Early Childhood Professions Concentration Courses

Of the 15 credits of concentration courses, 3 credits of HDFS 410 are required (as noted above). Of the remaining 12 credits, 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.

Code Title AUCC Credits
Select 6-12 credits from the following courses:
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 Disabilities in Early Childhood Education 3
HDFS 318 Infancy and Toddlerhood 3
HDFS 404 Child Life Theory and Practice 3
HDFS 439 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 3
Select 0-6 credits from the following courses:
D 324 Teaching Creative Movement for Children 2
EDUC 275 Schooling in the United States (GT-SS3) 3 3C 3
IE 471 Children and Youth in Global Context 3
PSY 460 Child Exceptionality and Psychopathology 3
SOWK 352/ETST 352 Indigenous Women, Children and Tribes 3
SOWK 371A Social Work with Selected Populations: Children and Families 3

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 (2.000) or higher. Background check required prior to participating in the internship course (HDFS 488B) during the senior year.  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
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3) X3C3
SOC 100General Sociology (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
CO 150, HDFS 277, and AUCC 1B (Quantitative Reasoning) requirement must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15-16
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   15-16
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 (GT-MA1) X1B 
Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods X  
Early Childhood Professions 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 Professions 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
Select one course from the following:   1
HDFS Professional Preparation    
HDFS Professional Development    
Early Childhood Professions Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Electives   6
 Total Credits   16
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 410Promoting Early Socioemotional Development   3
HDFS 488BInternship: Early Childhood   5-8
Early Childhood Professions 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   14
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 492Capstone--Evidence-Based Program ProposalsX 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