2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies

S. Hall, Chairperson

The Department of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies includes programs that promote the development, education, and well-being of children from birth through adolescence and that foster healthy family functioning. Our impactful programs provide students with valuable training for real-world application, be it in the classroom, community, or the home.

The Early Childhood Education programs focus on the preparation of teachers for preschool and K-3 classrooms, with an emphasis on engaging with families and community.  Options are available for a licensure (“Teaching Major in Early Childhood Education”) and non-licensure (“Major in Early Childhood with Minor in Early Childhood Special Education”).

The Family and Child program includes three interrelated concentrations: child development, child life, and family studies.  Students graduate equipped to work in a variety of settings—from child care centers to hospitals to family service agencies—or primed to pursue graduate or doctoral studies.  Minors and a certificate are available that add supplemental preparation for non-major students who will work with children or families.