Bachelor of Science in Child Development

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Total Semester Credit Hours Required

120 semester credit hours.

Major

78 semester credit hours.

General Description

The Child Development program prepares students for a variety of professional roles focused on serving the needs of children and their families. Potential roles include parent education, teaching young children, administration of children’s programs, public and private agencies focused on children and families, early childhood intervention, and other roles requiring similar knowledge and skills.

The Child Development curriculum has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) as meeting the Standards and Criteria required for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation. Relevant course work for each of the 10 family life substance areas needed for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator designation is included in the degree program. Graduates qualify to complete the abbreviated CFLE application process.

Bachelor of Science in Child Development Program of Study

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience1
ENG 1013Composition I3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
MATH 1013Financial and Quantitative Literacy3
Creative Arts Core3
Elective2
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Wellness/Mathematics CAO Core2
FS 1001 (Recommend to take 1st or 2nd semester.)Seminar in Family Sciences1
ENG 1023Composition II3
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
FS 1513Human Development3
Social & Behavioral Science Core3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
Multicultural Women's Studies CAO Core3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture Core3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
Life/Physical Science Core3
FS 1603Child in the Family and Community3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Life/Physical Science Core3
FS 2503Development of Infants and Toddlers3
FS 2513Early Childhood Development3
FS 2523Wellness of the Young Child3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
FS 2563Childhood Guidance3
FS 3413Program Planning and Administration of Programs for Young Children3
FS 3513Childhood and Adolescence3
FS 3523 (GP)The Care and Education of Children: A Global Perspective3
FS 3533Research Methods in Family Sciences3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
FS 3403Concept Development in Early Childhood Programs3
FS 3563Creative Arts and Literature for Young Children3
FS 3613Crisis in the American Family3
FS 3663Foundations of Early Childhood Education3
FS 4103Issues and Trends in Family Sciences3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
FS 4533 or 4543Communication and the Family3
FS 4583Parenting Issues and Education3
FS 4933Professional Development in Family Sciences3
Electives6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
FS 4803 or SOWK 3453Public Policy: Family Sciences Perspectives3
FS 4903 ("Play and Development")Special Topics3
FS 4943Practicum in Family Sciences II3
Electives6
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

Certified Family Life Educator

FS 1513Human Development3
FS 2003Diversity in Contemporary Families: A Global Perspective (Take as elective.)3
FS 3613Crisis in the American Family3
FS 3733Family Life and Consumer Education (Take as elective.)3
FS 4533Communication and the Family3
or FS 4543 Developmental Sexuality
FS 4583Parenting Issues and Education3
FS 4603Occupational Issues in Family Sciences (Take as elective.)3
FS 4803Public Policy: Family Sciences Perspectives3
or SOWK 3453 Children's Rights and Services
FS 4933Professional Development in Family Sciences3

The B.S. in Child Development has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations as meeting the Standards and Criteria required for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation. Courses above must be completed in order to qualify for the abbreviated CFLE application process.  Note that FS 2003, FS 3733 and FS 4603 must be taken as electives.

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.