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Academic Program Model

Academic Program Model

Child And Family Services (AAS.CFS)

The primary objective of the Child & Family Services program is to provide students who are interested in a career working with children and/or the family sector with the appropriate academic background and practical experience needed to successfully gain employment in a variety of job opportunities associated with this specific background. Employment opportunities include the following: parent advocate, parental model trainer, subsidy specialist, child care specialist, and family aide specialist. In addition, the program was designed and created to be a transferable option to achieve a Bachelor of Science degree in family and consumer sciences with a focus in family service. Contact an academic advisor regarding transferability options. ECE 120 and 125 must be taken the same semester.

Program requirements may change over time. Specific degree/graduation requirements are determined by a degree audit.
FIRST YEAR
First Semester
Hours
ENG-120
Composition I

ENG-120
Composition I

Students will study the writing process by reading essays that illustrate a variety of rhetorical strategies, analyzing writing tasks and texts, and writing, revising, and editing short essays.


Course Outline

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3.0
PSY-279
Human Dev/Life Span

PSY-279
Human Dev/Life Span

Study of theories and research findings in physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development from conception through death.



Course Outline

3.0
ECE-100
Intro to Early Childhood Educ

ECE-100
Intro to Early Childhood Educ

This course focuses on an overview of early childhood care and education that includes basic values, professional disposition, program operation, historical influences, assessment, and structure. Includes 20 hours of practicum.

Course Outline

3.0
ECE-110
Child Behavior Management

ECE-110
Child Behavior Management

This course focuses on the use of positive redirective techniques in shaping behavior so children can learn self discipline and self control. Observation of discipline problems and analyzation of procedures are required of the student.

Course Outline

3.0
SPE-111
Intro to Speech Communication

SPE-111
Intro to Speech Communication

Focuses on the fundamental principles and methods of selection, analyzing, organizing, developing and communicating information, evidence, and points of view to audiences.

Course Outline

3.0
SOC-280
Introduction to Sociology

SOC-280
Introduction to Sociology

Study of human interaction focusing on social influences shaping personality, structure and dynamics of human society. Topics include: sociological perspective, culture, society, social interaction; social change in global perspective; socialization; families; social class; and social stratification; race and ethnicity; and deviance.

Course Outline

3.0

Semester Totals

18.0
Second Semester
HSP-120
Introduction to Social Work

HSP-120
Introduction to Social Work

An introduction to generalist practice: Historical origins, values and ethics, practice methods, research considerations, and policy issues in social work. Examination of diverse and at-risk populations; the wide variety of problems workers confront, knowledge and skills of the worker.

Course Outline

OR
HSP-101
Dynamics of Domestic Violence

HSP-101
Dynamics of Domestic Violence

Study of dynamics of Domestic Violence, focusing on program philosophy, cultural diversity, direct relation of substance abuse, crisis intervention, understand IL Domestic Violence Act, criminal aspects, battering treatment & how Domestic Violence affects children & our society.

Course Outline

3.0
PSY-274
Child Development

PSY-274
Child Development

Study of theories and methods used to study development, from conception to adolescence. Topics include physical, sensory and perceptual, cognitive, language, emotional, social, and gender development, as well as family, peer, and institutional influences on development.

Course Outline

3.0
ENG-121
Composition II

ENG-121
Composition II

Students will learn how to find, use, assess and document research sources, producing an extended writing project based primarily on library research.


Course Outline

3.0
ART-165
Fundamentals of Art

ART-165
Fundamentals of Art

A comprehensive overview of vocabulary and theories involving the elements and principles of design used in creating visual art with a studio experience geared to students pursuing a child care or elementary education degree.

Course Outline

OR
ART-250
Understanding Art

ART-250
Understanding Art

A survey of the visual arts from Ancient to contemporary times, an understanding the major cultural and historical relationships to the art forms.

Course Outline

OR
MUS-229
Understanding Music

MUS-229
Understanding Music

A survey of the musical forms and styles associated with classical music, focusing on representative musical masterworks and their composers. This music is presented in both a historical and a cultural framework.

Course Outline

3.0
PSY-271
Intr/Psychology

PSY-271
Intr/Psychology

Focuses on psychology as a science, introducing concepts and research in a variety of subfields, including neuroscience, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning and memory, cognition, motivation and emotion, development, personality, disorders and therapy, and social psychology.

Course Outline

3.0

Semester Totals

15.0
SECOND YEAR
First Semester
Hours
BIO-100
Bio Science I

BIO-100
Bio Science I

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental processes and structures common to all living things along with their applications to society.


Course Outline

4.0
ECE-102
Health/Safety/Nutri/Yng Child

ECE-102
Health/Safety/Nutri/Yng Child

This course focuses on the health, safety, and nutritional needs of children in group settings as well as the personal health of the individual. Emphasis is placed on preventive health through education and the development of healthy habits.

Course Outline

3.0
ECE-095
Creative Activities/Children

ECE-095
Creative Activities/Children

This course provides students an understanding of the value of and practical experience in preparing creative activities and experiences for children. The student is given many opportunities to explore, develop, and appreciate various types of creative media for preschool children.

Course Outline

4.0
ECE-051
Infant/Toddler Environment

ECE-051
Infant/Toddler Environment

This courses emphasizes the characteristics of high quality infant/toddler caregivers, curriculum, indoor/outdoor space and play equipment/toys vital for developmental learning. Course requirements include 20 hours of hands-on practicum in a community setting.

Course Outline

3.0
SOC-290
Sociology of Family

SOC-290
Sociology of Family

This course examines the major sociological concepts, theories, and research related to marriage, family, and increasing diversity of family types. Special emphasis will be on theorizing family, gender, parenting, balance work and family, and social problems interrelated to family life.

Course Outline

3.0

Semester Totals

17.0
Second Semester
ECE-087
Organization/Mgt of Preschools

ECE-087
Organization/Mgt of Preschools

This course focuses on state rules and regulations for operating a licensed child care facility. Room layout of an efficient facility, arrangement of outside playground areas, and the selection of furniture and equipment will also be discussed.

Course Outline

3.0
ECE-083
Instructional Methods

ECE-083
Instructional Methods

This course enables students to do total program planning consistent with the developmental needs of children.

Course Outline

3.0
ECE-120
Field Experience Seminar

ECE-120
Field Experience Seminar

This course prepares the student for the Field Experience practicum (ECE125) and includes preparation of credentials for seeking employment.


Course Outline

1.0
SOC-282
Social Problems

SOC-282
Social Problems

An issue oriented course. Among the issues covered are how sociologists view social problems, the changing family, poverty, race and ethnic relations, aging, crime and criminal justice, human sexual behavior, problems of physical and mental illness, urban problems, and other areas based upon student interests.

Course Outline

3.0
HED-178
Responding to Emergencies

HED-178
Responding to Emergencies

The purpose of the American Red Cross Responding to Emergency course is to provide the citizen responder with the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life.

Course Outline

2.0
ECE-125
Field Experience

ECE-125
Field Experience

Supervised practicum designed for Early Childhood and Child & Family Services and Paraprofessional Education majors to provide on-the-job experience. Practicum will include application of: program and classroom management skills, managing daily routines, curriculum development, agency policies and regulations, and enhancement of family involvement.


Course Outline

2.0
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Electives

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Electives

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2.0

Semester Totals

16.0

Total Program Hours

66.0
 

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