Department of Child & Family Studies
Department Chair: 
Department Secretary: Suanne Ellsworth (208) 496-1346
Department Faculty: David AllenJoyce AndersonDavid DuerdenMichael FarnworthKathy GeeJim GordonJim GreeneLynette RobertsonByron Webster

 

The Department of Child and Family Studies has a dual mission: (1) To prepare students for careers related to children and families, and (2) To prepare students to be successful spouses, parents, and contributing citizens.

This department offers an Applied Associate of Science Degree in Professional Preschool Education, a Specialized Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood/Special Education, and an Integrated Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development.

We also offer three minors to complement integrated majors from across campus. These minors are (1) Marriage and Family Studies, (2) Child Studies, and (3) Child and Family Studies. The courses in our minors are intended to teach the student the best of child and family scholarship within an applied, gospel-oriented perspective.

For more information, see our web page at http://www2.byui.edu/ChildandFamily/
 
Program Description


 
B.S.  in Child Development (730)   
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development offers an overview of scholarship and research in the study of children. The core courses in this degree are intended to focus on knowledge about children in their environments, such as home, school, and community. Emphasis is given to the application of scholarly knowledge with the goal of helping children and their families to develop and thrive regardless of circumstances of birth or environment. Practicums and internships are built into the core curriculum to give practical knowledge and hands-on experience in working with children, families, and agencies that serve children and families.

Students pursuing this degree have many career options, but the degree is primarily designed for those who desire to work with children and their families in community or government agencies. Students should consult with their advisor about possible academic and career options such as
(1) A focus on agencies or organizations that serve young children and their families.
(2) A focus on agencies or organizations that serve adolescents and their families.
(3) A focus on a scholarly understanding of children and families.
(4) Preparation for graduate study in the field of child development or early childhood education.

General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Take this Course    Min Grade: B-
CHILD 210
 
Major Requirements
   
Take these Courses    Min Grade: B-
CHILD 100, 310, 320, 330, 335, 380, 430, 440
ECSE 100
 
AND
Take this class both semesters senior year.
Take 2 Credits    Min Grade: B-
CHILD 410R
 
AND
Take 17 Credits    Min Grade: B-
CHILD 280, 340, 390R, 498R
ECSE 320
ENG 355, 356
FAML 100, 360, 370, 460
HFED 112
MATH 221
RL 200
SOC 112, 311, 323, 340, 357, 383


 
B.S.  in Early Childhood / Special Education (980)   
The Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood/Special Education is a rigorous academic program integrating theory and best practice for working with typically developing and/or children with special needs from birth through age eight.

Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to apply for the Blended Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education Idaho Teaching License, which allows them to teach general or special education classes in kindergarten through third grade. Students may also choose to work with young children and their families in home, agency, and preschool settings.

Applied coursework and fieldwork involving children in a variety of settings will prepare students for successful career experiences. Students will demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of skills during three different supervised intervention/teaching experiences: (1) infants and toddlers in home or agency settings, (2) preschoolers in private or public preschools, and (3) kindergarten through third grade children in public schools.

General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Requirement 1:

Take these Courses    Min Grade: C-
AMHER 170
BIO 100, 102
ENG 313
GEOG 120
HS 131
MATH 306
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
ART 101
HUM 101
MUSIC 101
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
ENG 250, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 351, 352, 353, 354, 362, 373

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take these Courses    Min Grade: C-
GEOL 110, 110L
 
        OR
           Take this Course    Min Grade: C-
           PH.S 110

 
Major Requirements
   
Take these Courses     Min GPA: 2.8
CHILD 210, 310
ECSE 100, 230, 250, 320, 400, 410, 490, 491, 492
ELED 370, 375, 380, 385, 420
ENG 355
MATH 305
SOC 323, 430


 
B.A.  in Child Development (735)   
See description of B.S. in Child Development above. The only difference between the B.S. and the B.A in this major is in the General Education requirements. Refer to the GE section of the catalog for further information.

General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Take this Course    Min Grade: B-
CHILD 210
 
Major Requirements
   
Take these Courses    Min Grade: B-
CHILD 100, 310, 320, 330, 335, 380, 430, 440
ECSE 100
 
AND
Take this class both semesters senior year.
Take 2 Credits    Min Grade: B-
CHILD 410R
 
AND
Take 17 Credits    Min Grade: B-
CHILD 280, 340, 390R, 498R
ECSE 320
ENG 355, 356
FAML 100, 360, 370, 460
HFED 112
MATH 221
RL 200
SOC 112, 311, 323, 340, 357, 383


 
A.A.S.  in Professional Preschool Education (359)   
This is a two year job entry program designed to prepare directors/teachers of private home preschools, teacher's aids in public or private preschools, kindergarten or special education classes, and entrepeneuers who will develop preschool/child care centers. This degree is NOT for students desiring a public school teaching certificate.

Students in the Professional Preschool Education program are evaluated at the end of each semester. Continuation in the program is dependent upon (1) successful completion of course work (2) available lab teaching placements and (3) the instructor's recommendation. Students are expected to proceed through assigned course work according to schedule. (See link or advisor for sequence of courses.) Students leaving the program for more than one semester will be readmitted to the PPE program only with the approval of the program director.

Note: (1) An equivalent first aid course or national certification in first aid is an acceptable substitute for HS 222, First Aid. (2) A grade of C or better is required in English 111. (3) In order to complete this program in two years, students must take CHILD 210 and ECSE 100 during their first semester.

Basic Education Requirements

As you fill the Basic Education Requirements and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the Basic Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Take this Course    Min Grade: C
CHILD 210
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C
COMM 101, 150
SIGN 101
 
Major Requirements
   
Take these Courses    Min Grade: C
CHILD 240, 250, 260, 270, 290R
ECSE 100, 230, 320
HFED 112
 
AND
Note: One natural science course may be substituted for one of the following courses. See advisor.
Take 3 Courses    Min Grade: C
CHILD 280, 330, 340
ELED 350, 360
ENG 355
FAML 220
HS 222
SOC 323, 357



Minor in  Marriage & Family Studies (150)   
This minor has a practical, applied focus on strengthening marriages and families and promoting measures in the community that strengthen families. The foundational principles for courses in this minor are drawn from "The Family: A Proclamation to the World."

Note: We strongly recommend that students who select this minor also take CHILD 210, Child Development, and HFED 280, Money Management.


Take 9 Courses    
CHILD 110
FAML 100, 200, 220, 300, 360, 370, 390R, 400, 450, 460, 470



Minor in  Child Studies (152)   
This minor focuses on the development of children in family, school and community contexts. Emphasis is on applied understanding of children and includes at least one practicum experience. A student may choose to focus on those classes which would prepare them to teach in preschools. Consult with your advisor if this is your interest.

No double counting of minor courses.

Take these Courses    
CHILD 100, 210

AND
Take 1 Course    
CHILD 280, 310, 320, 335, 498R

AND
Take 6 Courses    
CHILD 110, 280, 310, 320, 330, 335, 340, 498R
ECSE 100, 230, 320
ENG 355
FAML 100, 220, 370
HFED 112


Minor in  Child & Family Studies (153)   
This minor focuses on both marriage relationships and child development. It is intended for those who want to be better spouses and parents.

No double counting of minor courses.

Take these Courses    
CHILD 210
FAML 100, 220
HFED 280

AND
Take 1 Course    
FAML 200, 300

AND
Take 4 Courses    
CHILD 110, 280, 340
FAML 200, 300, 360, 370, 400, 450, 470
 
Course Descriptions

CHILD 100 Introduction to Child Studies (1:1:0)
Introductory course for all students desiring to obtain a major in Child Development or a minor in Child Studies. Overview of historical and current scientific, societal and family issues related to the development of children. Application to career and advanced educational opportunities, as well as family, church and community settings. We recommend students intending to major in Child Development or minor in Child Studies take this course before taking CHILD 210 (Child Development).
 
CHILD 110 Pregnancy, Childbirth and Newborn Care (1:1:0)
The physical and emotional changes that take place during pregnancy and childbirth. Prenatal development. Impact of pregnancy and childbirth experiences on the couple relationship. Normal newborn traits and abilities.
 
CHILD 210 Child Development (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
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. Observations in the child lab may be required.
 
CHILD 240 Experience with Young Children: Support Teacher (7:3:12)
Prerequisite: ECSE 100. Instructor's approval. ECSE 230 should be taken concurrently.
This class is designed to promote an increased understanding in working with and teaching preschool aged children. Philosophy, theory and model underlying early childhood education and its application in the classroom. Basic competencies required for the Child Development Associate (C.D.A.) emphasized. This will be a screening class for the Professional Preschool Education major.
 
CHILD 250 Curriculum Seminar (2:2:0)
Prerequisite: CHILD 240, concurrent enrollment in CHILD 260, and consent of instructor.
Preparation of curriculum plans and teaching materials used in campus preschool child labs.
 
CHILD 260 Experience with Young Children: Lead Teachers (7:3:12)
Fee:  $70.00
Prerequisite: ECSE 240, concurrent enrollment in CHILD 250, instructor's approval.
Curriculum development, teaching and working with preschool children; emphasis on lead teaching skills, support of children's play, and health and safety issues.
 
CHILD 270 Experience with Young Children: Supervisor (5:1:12)
Prerequisite: CHILD 260, HS 222 or current first aid/CPR certificate, concurrent enrollment in CHILD 290R, and consent of instructor.
Working closely with an experienced professional in facilitating the Lead Teacher and Support Teacher's efforts in the preschool labs. The Supervisor is a team leader with responsibility for staff development, in-service training, parent communication, budgets, records and overall running of preschool labs.
 
CHILD 280 Experience with Toddlers (3:2:4)
Prerequisite: CHILD 210
Designed to promote an increased understanding of working with and teaching toddler-aged children. Experience preparing 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.
 
CHILD 290R PPE Staff Seminar (0.5:1:0)
All students who work in the preschool lab's meet together for staff meeting, professional development and inservice training. Students in CHILD 270 must enroll for credit.
 
CHILD 310 Early Childhood Development (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Grade of B- or above in CHILD 210 and CHILD 100 or ECSE 100
Advanced theory and development of children from conception through age eight, including physical, social, and cognitive development. Biological and environmental conditions affecting development and learning. Emphasis on application of current research.
 
CHILD 320 Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Grade of B- or above in CHILD 210 and CHILD 100 or ECSE 100
Advanced theory and development of elementary school aged children and adolescents, including physical, social, and cognitive development. Biological and environmental conditions affecting development and learning. Emphasis on application of current research.
 
CHILD 330 Parent Education and Child Guidance (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: CHILD 210
In-depth study of adult-child relationships and their application to child guidance in a variety of home and professional settings. Emphasis on principles and practices child scholars can apply and teach when working with or teaching about children's unique growth and developmental issues.
 
CHILD 335 Early Childhood Practicum (4:2:8)
Prerequisite: CHILD 210, ECSE 100 or ED 200 and consent of instructor
Training and experience working with young children. Study of developmentally appropriate practices, curriculum planning, child guidance and methods for successful preschool operation. Intended for Family and Consumer Science Education majors and Child Development majors and minors.
 
CHILD 340 Language, Literacy and Learning (2:2:0)
Prerequisite: CHILD 210 or consent of instructor
In-depth study of the acquisition of language and literacy in children from birth through adolescence. How foundations of language and literacy affect learning in all areas of life.
 
CHILD 380 Family Theories and Diversity (2:2:0)
Prerequisite: CHILD 100, CHILD 210
Overview of theories used to study families. Exploration of multicultural issues related to children and families in home, school and community settings. Cultural diversity issues impacting professionals in the field of child studies.
 
CHILD 390R Special Topics in Child Studies (1-3:0:0)
Repeating variable credit classes dealing with speciality areas related to the scholarly study of children.
 
CHILD 410R Child Development Seminar (1:1:1)
Prerequisite: Child Development Majors only and Senior standing, ECSE 100, CHILD 310 and CHILD 320
Review and evaluation of scholarly research and theory related to physical, cognitive, socioemotional and moral development across the life span. Study of current topics in the field of child development. Application to agency and family settings. To be taken both semesesters of the senior year. Child Development majors only.
 
CHILD 430 Family and Community Relationships (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Standing; CHILD 210 and ECSE 100
Perspective on providing family-focused early intervention, with emphasis on communicating with families, empowering parents, developing family and professional partnerships, interagency collaboration, and accessing and linking families and community resources.
 
CHILD 440 Administrative Issues (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: ECSE 100, CHILD 310, CHILD 320, and CHILD 430; Junior or Senior Standing
Fundamental principles for administration of service-delivery programs for children, youth and families. Covers staff and program administration, test/assessments/research, health/safety/nutrition.
 
CHILD 498R Child Development Internship (1-9:0:0)
Prerequisite: CHILD 310 or CHILD 320 and consent of instructor
Practical experience with children and/or agencies that serve children.
 
ECSE 100 Foundations of Early Childhood/Special Education (3:3:0)
This is an introductory course to the Professional Preschool Education and Early Childhood/Special Education programs; however, this course is also opened to any student with instructors permission. The course will deal with historical background, theories, professional issues, and educational practices including "developmentally appropriate" and special education curriculum.
 
ECSE 230 Curriculum for Young Children (3:3:0)
Preparing, creating and teaching young children the curriculum areas of Language, Arts, Math, Science, Music, Movement Education, Social Studies. Creativity and competence in the curriculum areas are stressed. Professional Preschool Education majors should take this class before or concurrently with ECSE 240.
 
ECSE 250 Technology/Assistive Technology (2:2:0)
Prerequisite: ECSE 100, CHILD 210
This course is designed to extend basic technology skills into classroom application. It will introduce students to a variety of equipment and devices that are used to enhance the functional skills of children with disabilities in the areas of communication, position, mobility, and activities.
 
ECSE 320 Exceptional Students (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: PPE, ECSE and ElEd Majors only or consent of instructor.
Introductory course for students majoring in Elementary Education, Professional Preschool Education, and Early Childhood/Special Education. Course content related to early childhood/special education including history, theories, models, and current issues. Special emphasis is given to the use of developmentally appropriate practices.
 
ECSE 400 Assessment and Evaluation (4:4:0)
Prerequisite: ECSE 100, CHILD 310 and Junior standing.
Selection, administration and interpretation of screening and assessment tools and methods employed in early childhood special education programs. Includes informal and formal assessment strategies, developmental tests, portfolio assessments, observational assessment, performance-based assessment and standardized assessment as well as data collection and monitoring of child progress.
 
ECSE 410 Strategies for ECSE (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: ECSE 100, CHILD 310, ELED 375, ECSE 400
To understand and apply approaches and theory of intervention strategies and procedures with young children with special needs. The student will learn to use theories of direct instruction and collaboration and team interventions.
 
ECSE 490 Student Teaching Preschool (7:3:0)
Prerequisite: ECSE major; must have completed 75 credits; concurrent enrollment in ECSE 410; consent of instructor.
One of three student teaching experiences for students enrolled in the ECSE Teacher Licensure Program. Students will receive practical, hands-on expereince in classroom management, instructional design and delivery, and educational assessment while working in a preschool setting. Weekly seminars will serve as the forum in which students teachers can address challenges and concerns while sharing experiences, expertise, and successes.
 
ECSE 491 Student Teaching Early Intervention (5:2:0)
Prerequisite: ECSE major; must have completed 75 credits; concurrent enrollment in SOC 430; consent of instructor.
One of three student teaching experiences for students enrolled in the ECSE Teacher Licensure Program. Students will receive practical, hands-on experience in working with infants/toddlers and their families in both home-based and center-based settings. Intervention focus will be determined by IFSP-identified child and family goals and outcomes. A weekly seminar will serve as the forum in which student teachers can address challenges and conerns while sharing experiences, expertise, and successes.
 
ECSE 492 Student Teaching Public Schools (12:2:0)
Prerequisite: ELED 420; ECSE Major; must have completed 75 credits; consent of instructor.
One of three student teaching experiences for students enrolled in the ECSE Teacher Licensure Program. Students will typically spend seven weeks in each of two roles: the role of general edcuation teacher and the role of special education teacher, grades kindergarten through third. Students will receive practical, hands-on experiences in classroom management, instructional design and delivery, collaboration, and educational assessment. A weekly seminar will serve as the forum in which student teachers can address challenges and concerns while sharing experiences, expertise,and successess.
 
FAML 100 The Family (3:3:0)
Application of gospel truth and supportive scholarship to strengthen marriage and family relationships using “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” as the guiding framework.
 
FAML 200 Dating, Courtship and Engagement (2:2:0)
Emphasis on the development of attitudes, knowledge, and skills that are essential to successful relationships. Explores gospel and research-based principles of creating and maintaining healthy relationships and selecting an eternal companion.
 
FAML 220 Stewardship Parenting (3:3:0)
An in-depth study of parent-child relationships. Emphasis on gospel principles parents can apply to promote understanding that can benefit all family members in their unique growth and development.
 
FAML 300 Covenant Marriage (3:3:0)
Focuses on principles of successful marriages from a gospel as well as a scholarly perpective. Emphasis on couple communication, marital expectations, and other key marital issues in the growth of the couple as a sacred marital unit. Some sections require married and/or engaged couples. Check class schedule.
 
FAML 360 Family Stress and Coping (3:3:0)
An overview of various family stressors over the life cycle. Exploration of the origin and nature of stress. Theories, programs and practices related to understanding and coping with these experiences.
 
FAML 370 Work and Family (2:2:0)
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Standing.
Explores gospel principles and practices related to work both in and out of the home. Discusses principles of temporal well-being, including family preparedness, and the necessity of creating harmony between paid work and family work.
 
FAML 390R Special Topics in Family Studies (0.5-4:3:0)
Repeating variable credit classes dealing with specialty areas related to marriage and family. For topics, see class schedule.
 
FAML 400 Family Dynamics (2:2:0)
Exploration of the joys and challenges of marriage and family relationships using gospel sources, gospel scholars such as C. Terry Warner and, classic literature and media related to life in families.
 
FAML 450 Moral Foundations of Family Life (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.
Exploration of the spiritual adventure of life and the corresponding stages of various moral theorists. Family ritual, compassion and relationships will be discussed.
 
FAML 460 Family Change (2:2:0)
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing
Societal changes impacting the meaning and function of families and marriages. Influences of media, government, education, economy, and religion on the family. Implications for responsible civic involvement aimed at strengthening the family in society.
 
FAML 470 Gender, Culture and Family (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.
Exploration of the cultural expectations and socialization of males and females. Scholarly, spiritual and societal values of masculinity and femininity as illustrated within both family and the culture.