Department of Child & Family Studies
Department Chair: 
Department Secretary: Suanne Ellsworth (208) 496-1346
Department Faculty: David DuerdenMichael FarnworthKathy GeeJim GordonJim GreeneNeil MechamLynette 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 Associate of Applied Science Degree in Professional Preschool Education, and an Integrated Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development.

We also offer two minors to complement integrated majors from across campus. These minors are (1) Marriage and Family Studies, and (2) Child 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, 430, 440, 498R
ECSE 100
SOC 323
 
AND
Take this class both semesters senior year.
Take 2 Credits    Min Grade: B-
CHILD 410R
 
AND
Take 14 Credits    Min Grade: B-
CHILD 280, 340, 390R
ECSE 320
ENG 355, 356
FAML 100, 360, 370, 460
HFED 112
MATH 221
RL 200
SOC 112, 311, 340, 357, 383


 
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, 430, 440, 498R
ECSE 100
SOC 323
 
AND
Take this class both semesters senior year.
Take 2 Credits    Min Grade: B-
CHILD 410R
 
AND
Take 14 Credits    Min Grade: B-
CHILD 280, 340, 390R
ECSE 320
ENG 355, 356
FAML 100, 360, 370, 460
HFED 112
MATH 221
RL 200
SOC 112, 311, 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.

Applications are required for lab courses.

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 102, 150
SIGN 101
 
Major Requirements
   
Take these Courses    Min Grade: C
CHILD 230, 240, 240L, 250, 260, 260L, 270, 270L, 290R
ECSE 100, 320
HFED 112
 
AND
Note: One natural science course may be substituted for one of the following courses. See advisor.
Students should not take both CHILD 330 and FAML 220.
Take 3 Courses    Min Grade: C
CHILD 280, 330, 340
ELED 350, 360
ENG 355
FAML 220
HS 222
SOC 323, 357



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 210, 310, 320
ECSE 100

AND
Take 1 Course    
CHILD 280, 335, 498R

AND
Note: Do not take both CHILD 330 and FAML 220.
Take 4 Courses    
CHILD 110, 120, 230, 280, 330, 335, 340, 390R, 498R
ECSE 320
ENG 355
FAML 220
HFED 112


Minor in  Marriage & Family Studies (184)   
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."

Take these Courses    
FAML 100, 220, 300
HFED 340

AND
Take 5 Courses    
CHILD 110, 120, 210
FAML 200, 360, 370, 390R, 400, 450, 460, 470
 
Course Descriptions

CHILD 100 Introduction to Child Studies (1:1:0)
Prerequisite: Child Development majors only, or consent of instructor.
Introductory course for all students desiring to obtain a major in Child Development. 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 strongly recommend students intending to major in Child Development take this course before taking CHILD 210 (Child Development).
(Fall, Winter, 2nd Summer Term)
 
CHILD 110 Pregnancy and Childbirth (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.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
CHILD 120 Infants and Toddlers (1:1:0)
Explore normal development of infants and toddlers including physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains of development. Application to parenting and other caregiving situations.
(Fall and Winter)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter, Summer I and Summer II)
 
CHILD 230 Curriculum for Young Children (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: PPE majors should take ECSE 100 and CHILD 210 before enrolling in this course.
Preparing, creating and teaching young children the curriculum areas of Language Arts, Math, Art, Science, Music, Movement Education, and Social Studies. Creativity and competence in the curriculum areas are stressed.
(winter, fall)
 
CHILD 240 Experience With Young Children: Support Teacher (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: ECSE 100,CHILD 210, and CHILD 230 with a C grade or higher. Concurrent enrollment in CHILD 230 accepted, and current enrollment in CHILD 240L required. Consent of instructor required.
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.
(Fall, Winter)
 
CHILD 240L Experience With Young Children: Support Teacher (4:0:12)
Prerequisite: Student must have completed ECSE 100,CHILD 210, and CHILD 230 with a C grade or higher. Concurrent enrollment in CHILD 230 accepted and current enrollment in CHILD 240 required. Consent of instructor required.
First level teaching practicum for students majoring in Professional Preschool Education. Students will function primarily as a support teacher in the campus preschool laboratories, including working with special services personnel to assist children with disabilities and developmental delays.
(winter, fall)
 
CHILD 250 Curriculum Seminar (2:2:0)
Prerequisite: Student must have completed CHILD 240 and CHILD 240L with a C grade or higher, concurrent enrollment in CHILD 260 and CHILD 260L, and consent of instructor required.
Preparation of curriculum plans and teaching materials used in campus preschool child labs.
(winter, 1st summer block, fall)
 
CHILD 260 Experience With Young Children: Lead Teachers (3:3:0)
Fee:  $90.00
Prerequisite: Student must have completed CHILD 230, CHILD 240, and CHILD 240L with a C grade or higher. Concurrent enrollment in CHILD 250, CHILD 260L, and instructor's approval required.
Curriculum development, teaching and working with preschool children; emphasis on lead teaching skills, support of children's play, and health and safety issues.
(winter, 1st summer block, fall)
 
CHILD 260L Experience With Young Children: Lead Teacher Lab (4:0:12)
Prerequisite: Student must have completed CHILD 230, CHILD 240, and CHILD 240L with a C grade or higher. Concurrent enrollment in CHILD 250, CHILD 260, and instructor's approval required.
Second level preschool practicum for students majoring in Professional Preschool Education. Students will function primarily as a lead teacher in the campus preschool laboratories, writing and implementing curriculum plans, and adapting curriculum for children with diverse abilities.
(winter, 1st summer block, fall)
 
CHILD 270 Experience With Young Children: Supervisors (1:1:0)
Prerequisite: Student must have completed CHILD 250, CHILD 260, and CHILD 260L with a C grade or higher. Prior enrollment in HS222 or current first aid/CPR certificate required, concurrent enrollment in CHILD 270L and 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.
(winter, 1st summer block, fall)
 
CHILD 270L Experience With Young Children: Supervisor Lab (4:0:12)
Prerequisite: Student must have passed CHILD 250, CHILD 260, and CHILD 260L with a C grade or higher. Prior enrollment in HS 122 or current first aid CPR certificate required. Current enrollment in CHILD 270 and 290R and consent of instructor. Student must apply and be accepted to enroll in this course. Applications can be obtained from the Child and Family Studies Department and must be submitted at least one semester in advance of desired enrollment.
Third level teaching practicum for students majoring in Professional Preschool Education. Supervisors are to be model teachers, providing inservice training for lab staff, and maintaing lab facilities according to national accreditation standards.
(winter, 1st summer block, fall)
 
CHILD 280 Experience with Toddlers (3:2:4)
Prerequisite: CHILD 210 & consent of instructor. Student must apply and be accepted to enroll in this course. Applications can be obtained from the Child and Family Studies Department and must be submitted at least one semester in advance of desired enrollment.
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.
(Fall)
 
CHILD 290R PPE Staff Seminar (0.5:1:0)
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHILD 270
All students who work in the preschool labs meet together for staff meeting, professional development and inservice training. Students in CHILD 270 must enroll for credit.
(winter, fall)
 
CHILD 310 Early Childhood Development (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Grade of B- in CHILD 210 or Sociology 210. Child Development Majors: CHILD 100 and ECSE 100; ECSE Majors: ECSE 100. Sophomore standing or above.
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.
(Fall, Winter Summer I)
 
CHILD 320 Adolescence (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Grade of B- or above in CHILD 210, SOC 210 or PSYCH 201. Child Development Majors: CHILD 100 and ECSE 100. Sophomore standing or above.
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.
(Fall and Winter)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter, Every other summer)
 
CHILD 335 Early Childhood Practicum (5:2:8)
Prerequisite: CHILD 210 and ECSE 100 or ED 200 and CHILD 310 or SECED 322 and consent of instructor. Application required. Student must apply and be accepted to enroll in this course. Applications can be obtained from the Child and Family Studies Department and must be submitted at least one semester in advance of desired enrollment.
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, Child Development majors, and Child Studies minors only.
(Fall, Winter, 2nd Summer Block)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter. Summer I)
 
CHILD 390R Special Topics in Child Studies (1-3:0:0)
Prerequisite: CHILD 100 and CHILD 210 or consent of instructor
Repeating variable credit classes dealing with speciality areas related to the scholarly study of children.
(Variable)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
CHILD 430 Family and Community Relationships (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Standing; CHILD 210 or SOC 210. ECSE and Child Development Majors must also have completed CHILD 310 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.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
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.
(Fall and Winter)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
FAML 110 Marriage Skills Seminar (1:1:0)
Foundational principles of successful marriages with application to typical decisions and problems encountered in marriage.
(Fall, Winter)
 
FAML 120 Principles of Parenting (1:1:0)
Foundational principles of parent-child interaction with application to typical decisions and problems encountered by parents.
(Fall, Winter, every other Summer Term)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter, every other Summer)
 
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)
A study of family relationships using the groundbreaking work of C. Terry Warner, and using the framework of family stories, including family-oriented literature. Important concepts include moral agency, change of heart, influence in our families, and how/why we are either responsive or resistant in our way of being.
(Fall, Winter, one Summer Term)
 
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.
(Winter, Fall)
 
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, and religion on the family. Gospel writings related to family decline. Implications for responsible civic involvement aimed at strengthening the family in society.
(Fall, Winter, every other Summer)
 
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.
(Winter, Fall)