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Child Development and Family Studies

College of Health and Human Services

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Child Development and Family Studies - CDFS Courses

LOWER DIVISION

111. Preschool Child (3)

Behavior and development in early childhood, with emphasis on the interaction of parents, children and teachers.
(Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

211. Guiding Young Children (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 100 or SOC 100 or CDFS 111.
Processes, techniques, models, research, and selected issues in child guidance as applied to 3-5 year-old children in family and community settings. Development of a personal approach to guidance based on current scientific research and theory concerning child development.
(Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

214. Environments for Preschool Children (3)

Prerequisites: CDFS 111 or consent of instructor.
Introduction to preschool care-giving practices. Growth and development of preschool children relating to the classroom environment. Application of theories, models, and research to current preschool classroom practices.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

215. Environments for Infants and Toddlers (3)

Prerequisites: CDFS 111 or consent of instructor.
Introduction to infant and toddler care-giving practices. Growth and development of children from birth through three years of age relating to the classroom environment. Application of theories, models, and research to current infant and toddler classroom practices.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

219. Stress, Coping and Resiliency for the Professional Educator (3)

Prerequisites: ENGL 100.
Identification of stressors which diminish the effectiveness of the learning environment for at-risk school children. Use Family Resiliency Model to examine critical family dynamics. Practical stress management for future teachers.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Discussion 3 hours)

290. Directed Studies (1-3)

Independent study under the direction of a faculty member. Exploration and experience in areas which are not a part of any regular course.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. (Seminar)

UPPER DIVISION

311. Prenatal Development and Infancy (3)

Prerequisites: CDFS 111 and upper division standing.
Human development from conception through prenatal development, childbirth, the neonatal period, infancy and toddlerhood with emphasis on the various aspects of development and the environmental/social factors essential for human growth.
(Lecturer-discussion 3 hours)

312I. Family and Personal Development (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of G.E. foundation courses; PSY 100 or SOC 100 or ANTH 120; upper division standing; or consent of instructor.
Interdisciplinary introduction to the concepts underlying contemporary American family life and the influence of social and cultural conditions on human development.
(Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

314. The Older Child (3)

Prerequisites: CDFS 111, and upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Behavior and development in middle and late childhood and adolescence, with emphasis on individual and cultural differences.
(Lecturer-discussion 3 hours)

319I. Family Stress and Coping (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of G.E. Foundation courses; ANTH 120 or PSY 100 or SOC 100 or consent of instructor.
Examination of theories and research associated with stressors affecting family functioning throughout the lifecycle. Consideration given to both normative transitions and non-normative stressors. Emphasis on strategies to assist families to deal productively with stress and change.
(Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

358. Fathers and Fathering (3)

Prerequisites: PSY 100; SOC 100 or CDFS 111.
An overview of the psychological literature on parenting with an emphasis on fathers/fathering in the U.S. Focus on current literature and research regarding the perceived and changing roles of fathers, including ethnic fathers, in an effort to diminish stereotypes. (This course is for both men and women.)
Same course as PSY 366. Not open for credit to student with credit in PSY 366.

402. Child and Family Law (3)

Prerequisites: CDFS 312I and upper division standing.
Establishment, conduct, and termination of marital and non-marital family relationships, including the rights and duties of the parties involved. Topics include marital disillusionment, child custody issues, property rights, domestic violence, adoption, support, genetic testing, and new trends in family law.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

409. Language, Learning and the Developing Child: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)

Explores the communicative-linguistic, cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development of the child from the prenatal to adolescent period across diverse cultures with an emphasis on language acquisition and the learning process.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students currently enrolled in the Liberal Studies program. Same course as EDEL 429. Not open for credit to student with credit in LING 429, EDEL 429, and EDP 428.

410. International Families: Families in Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3)

Prerequisites: CDFS 312I or consent of instructor.
Basic concepts and definitions relating cross-cultural studies will be discussed. Important family life cycle changes will be explained for major ethnic groups within the United States. Family life in selected international families will also be examined.
(Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

411. Individual Child Study and Guidance (3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; CDFS 311 or 314 or HDEV 307I or PSY 361; or consent of instructor.
Analysis and interpretation of theory, research, trends and techniques for the study and guidance of the individual child in family and community settings.
(Lecture-activity 3 hours)

412. Family Interaction (3)

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, CDFS 312I, or consent of instructor.
Dynamics of interaction and communication in interpersonal relationships throughout the family life cycle. Experience with a variety of communication skills in small group settings.
(Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

413. Child and Family in the Community (3)

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, CDFS 312I, or consent of instructor.
Study of cultural varieties and the needs of the contemporary American family in an urban community; analysis of current issues and problems; identification of and experience with community resources and agencies.
(Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

414. Fieldwork with Preschool Children (3)

Prerequisites: CDFS 111, 211, 214, or consent of instructor.
Supervised teaching/learning experience with preschool children including development of skills for observation and assessment as well as curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with assignments reflecting increasing levels of difficulty. (Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 6 hours)

415. Fieldwork with Infants/Toddlers (3)

Prerequisites: CDFS 111, 211, 215, or consent of instructor.
Supervised teaching/learning experience with preschool children including development of skills for observation and assessment as well as curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters with assignments reflecting increasing levels of difficulty. (Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 6 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

416A. Introduction to Administration and Supervision of Child Development Programs (3)

Prerequisites: CDFS 414 or 415 or consent of instructor.
Minimum and recommended standards and laws pertaining to housing, equipment, play space, adult/child ratio, health supervision and meal service for children’s programs. Selection and supervision of personnel, program planning and directing.
(Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

416B. Applications of Administration and Supervision of Child Development Programs (3)

Prerequisites: CDFS 416A or consent of instructor.
Decision theory and its application, communication strategies, planning, operating and evaluating programs for young children.
(Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

417. Premarital Intervention (3)

Prerequisites: CDFS 312I or consent of instructor.
Review of research on dating relationships and intervention programs designed for individuals or couples prior to marriage. Emphasis on applying research to the development of programs to assist premarital individuals enrich their relationships.
(Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

418. Parent Education (3)

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing and at least 6 units of upper division child development and family studies or equivalent courses, or consent of instructor.
Principles and techniques for working with parents in community and school programs. Assessment of needs and development of programs for adults in a variety of social and cultural settings.
(Lecture-activity 3 hours)

419. Family Life Education (3)

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, CDFS 413, or consent of instructor.
History, purpose, principles, ethics, ten substance areas, and paradigms of family life education will be explored. Planning, implementing, and evaluating family life education programs will be discussed. Gender, ethnicity, and diversity issues related to family life education will be stressed.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

492A. Internship in Child Development and Family Studies (3)

Prerequisites: Student must be a Family and Consumer Sciences: Child Development and Family Studies major; have senior standing; have a 2.5 overall GPA or a 3.0 major GPA; approval of a faculty advisor in Child Development and Family Studies; and CDFS 411, 413, and 414 or 415. Each prerequisite course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. A course in which a grade lower than “C” is received must be retaken and successfully completed prior to enrolling in any course for which it is a prerequisite. A student receiving a grade lower than a “C” may proceed with other courses with approval of the Area Coordinator.
Field experience in which student assumes a preprofessional role in a professional setting. Objectives developed by student with supervisor must be approved by major advisor and form the basis for evaluation.
May be repeated for 6 units maximum. (Seminar 3 hours)

492B. Internship in Family Life Education (3)

Prerequisites: Student must be a major in Family and Consumer Sciences in the option of Child Development and Family Studies; have senior standing; have a 2.5 overall GPA or a 3.0 major GPA; approval of a faculty advisor in Child Development and Family Studies; and CDFS 412, 413, and 419.
Field experience in which student assumes a preprofessional role in a professional setting. Objectives developed by student with supervisor must be approved by major advisor and form the basis for evaluation.
May be repeated for 6 units maximum. (Seminar 3 hours)