Department of Family Science

Nancy Ahlander, Department Chair
David Allen, Joyce Anderson, Margaret Bake, David Duerden, Michael Farnworth, Kathleen Gee, James N. Greene, H. James Gordon, Lynette Robertson, Byron Webster
Suanne Ellsworth, Secretary (208) 356-1346

The Department of Family Science is committed to the strengthening of the home through course work for majors who plan to work as professionals in Family Science and Preschool Education. Special attention is given to parent-child and husband-wife settings and the family unit and its interactions with individual members, society, the church and other institutions. Preparation for dating, marriage, parenting and family life are stressed. Professional experiences in observing and working with children are offered through the preschool education laboratory in the John L. Clarke building. For those who have chosen Family Science as a major, two degree options are available.


Associate in Arts and Sciences with a major in Family Science (223)

Graduates may transfer to a university to pursue a B.S. Degree. Family Science majors may work directly with families or in child and family related areas.

Recommended sequence of courses:

First Semester
Religion                          2
General Education                 9
Faml 100 The Family               3
Electives                         2
Total Credits                    16

Second Semester
Religion                          2
General Education                 6
Faml 210 Child Development        3
Major Courses                     3
Electives                         2
Total Credits                    16

Third Semester
Religion                          2
General Education                 8
Major Courses                     3
Electives                         3
Total Credits                    16

Fourth Semester
Religion                          2
General Education                 8
Major Courses                     3
Electives                         3
Total Credits                    16

General Education Requirements

See page 35-37 for a complete explanation of the General Education requirement.

All GE courses are your own choice. Faml 210 fulfills part of the Social Science requirement.

Refer to the Career Advising Center for General Education Requirements of select transfer schools.

Major Courses: A minimum of 15 credits from Family Science Department offerings are required for graduation. These must include Faml 100 The Family and Faml 210 Child Development.

Note: Those planning to transfer to a four year university should consider the following recommendations: a) if planning to transfer to BYU you should take Faml 250, & 260. b) for those going to USU the most useful Family courses are Faml 200, 220, 380, & ECSE 280. c) those who want to work in a preschool setting, but who desire a bachelorís degree rather than the specialized associate in professional preschool education, should take: ECSE 120, 230, & 240. Students may also continue with the advanced preschool courses if they desire, while being sure to complete all General Education requirements. Counsel with your advisor for particular transfer requirements, especially if you plan to transfer to early childhood education at BYU.

Associate in Professional Preschool Education (240)

This is a two year job entry program designed to prepare directors/ teachers of private home nursery schools, teacherís aides in public or private nursery schools, kindergarten or special education classes, and entrepreneurs who will develop nursery/day care centers. Continuation in the Professional Preschool Education program is dependent upon satisfactory completion of the first year of course work. Of particular concern is performance in ECSE 230, (Curriculum for Young Children) and 240, (Experience With Young Children).

Recommended sequence of courses:

First Semester
Religion                          2
Eng 111 or 111C Coll Writing      3
Faml 210 Child Development *      3
ECSE 120 Foundations*             3
Support Classes                   6
Total Credits                    17

Second Semester
Religion                          2
Ed 320 Except Student             3
ECSE 230 Curriculum*              3
ECSE 240 Experience*              6
Faml 291R Seminar                  .5
Support Classes                   2  
Total Credits                    16.5

Third Semester
Religion                          2
Faml 290 Curr Seminar*            2
Faml 291R Seminar                  .5
Faml 295 Trainers*                6
HFE112 Nutrition Young Child      2
HS 222 First Aid**                3
Total Credits                    15.5

Fourth Semester
Religion                          2
Faml 291R                          .5
Faml 298 Supr*                    4
Electives                         7
Math                              3
Total Credits                    16.5

* No grade lower than a C- will be accepted toward graduation.
**An equivalent first aid course or national certification is also acceptable
General Education Requirements

Because this is a Specialized Associate Degree Program, students are only required to meet the following three (3) General Education requirements:

Eng 111 College Writing           3
Math                              3
Religion  (four classes)           8

Courses for Majors

Required: Must complete the following courses for graduation:

Ed 320 Execpt Student             3
Faml 210 Child Dev                3
ECSE 120 Foundations              3
ECSE 230 Curr Young Child         3
ECSE 240 Experience Young Child   6
Faml 290 Curr Sem                 2
Faml 291  (three semesters)        1.5
Faml 295 Trainers                 6
Faml 298 Supervisors              4
HFE 112 Nutrition                 2
HS 222 Adv First Aid              3

Support Classes:  
Must take eight  (8) credits from this list:
Any Natural Science course        3
DANCE  326 Rhythm and Dance       2
Eng 355 Child Lit                 3
Faml 220 Parenting                3
ECSE 280 Toddler                  3
HFE 280 Money Mgmt                3
ElEd 360 Music Curric & Methods   3
Sign 101  (see Communication)      3
Soc 323 Race & Ethnic Relations   3
Soc 357 Human Rel and Ldrshp      3


Faml 100 The Family (3:3:0)
A survey of research in Family Science using the Family Proclamation as a guiding framework. Application of gospel truth and supportive scholarship to strengthen marraige and family relationships.

ECSE 120 Foundations of Early Childhood/Special Education (3:3:0)
This is an introductory course for students majoring in Professional Preschool Education and in Early Childhood/Special Education. Course content related to early childhood/special education includes: history from institutions to inclusion, theories, models, and current issues. Special emphasis is given to the use of ďdevelopmentally appropriate practices.Ē

Faml 200 Marriage Preparation (3:3:0)
Emphasis in this class is on the development of attitudes, knowledge, and skills that are essential to successful relationships. The course studies methods of creating and maintaining relationships, selecting a mate, and making the transition into marriage.

Faml 210* Child Development (3:3:0)
A theoretical, academically oriented course focusing on the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the child from conception through adolescence. Influences of family, peers, and social institutions on the child's development will be discussed. Observations in the child lab may be required.

Faml 220 Parenting and Child Guidance (3:3:0)
This class provides an in-depth study of parent-child relationships and their applicaiton to the guidance of children. Emphasis on principles and practices parents can apply to promote understanding and skills that benefit all family members in their unique growth and development will be presented.

ECSE 230 Curriculum for Young Children (3:3:0)
This class is designed to acquaint students with preparing, creating, and teaching young children the curriculum areas of Language, Arts, Math, Science, Music, Movement Education, Social Studies, Creative Arts and Moral Education. Creativity and competence in the curriculum areas are stressed. Professional Preschool Education majors should take this class before or concurrently with ECSE 240.

ECSE 240 Experience With Young Children (6:3:12)
Prerequisite: ESCE 120
This class is designed to promote an increased understanding in working with and teaching preschool children. Philosophy, theory, and models underlying early childhood education and its application will be studied. Basic competencies required for the Child Development Associate (C.D.A.) will be emphasized. ECSE 240 will be the screening class for the Professional Preschool Education major.

Faml 250 Theories in Family Perspective (3:3:0)
Introduction to the major theoretical perspectives and philosophical issues in Family Science.

Faml 260 Introduction to Family Science (3:3:0)
Introduction to fundamental concepts and principles of family systems and management. Professional and career issues in the field of Family Science are examined.

ECSE 280 Toddler (3:2:4)
Prerequisite: Faml 210
This class is designed to promote an increased understanding of working with and teaching toddler-aged children. Students will be prepared to guide toddler groups and work with related programs in which special training with these early ages is required. Any qualified student desiring a lab experience may enroll.

Faml 290 Curriculum Seminar (2:2:0)
To be taken concurrently with 295
Preparation for preschool lesson plans.

Faml 291R PPE Staff Seminar (.5:1:0)
To be taken concurrently with ECSE 240, 295 and 298.
All students who work in the preschool labís meet together for staff meetings, professional development and inservice training.

Faml 295 Trainers (6:3:12)
Prerequisite: ECSE 240
Supplies Fee: $70
The 295 Trainers work with 240 students in preparation for curriculum development, teaching, and working with preschool children, emphasizing planning and lead teaching skills. Trainers are to be a support, resource, aid and model for 240 students.

Faml 298 Supervisors (4:1:12)
Prerequisite: Faml 295
The 298 Supervisors work closely with an experienced professional in facilitating the 295 Trainerís and 240 studentís efforts in the preschool labís. The 298 Supervisor is a team leader with responsibility for staff development, inservice training, parent communication, budgets, records and overall running of the labís.

Faml 299R Special Topics in Family Science.5-4
These repeating variable credit classes deal with specialty areas related to marriage, family life, child development, and early childhood education.

Faml 300 Marriage Enhancement (3:3:0)
This course is designed for engaged or married couples. Focuses on communication and other marriage skills.

Faml 380 Family & Culture (3:3:0)
A study of global diversity in family structure and function. An investigation of the role of culture in family life, including the history of the family, kinship, mate selection and gender relations.

Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)

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