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Option C: Child and Family Support

Designed for students interested in assisting young children and their families in accessing early learning opportunities and providing case management services, and assisting parents in meeting the needs of their children, empowering parents in their roles as primary influences on their children's education and development, and facilitating positive parent, school, and student relationships. Students who specialize in option C will receive a certificate in family support.

Primary Adviser: Mary Lupinacci




What will I study?

Note: two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required.

Major-Core Courses Required
CDST 300 Foundations of Children's Studies Part I (2)
CDST 302 Foundations of Children's Studies Part II (3)
CDST 330 Research Methods for Studying Children and Childhood (4) or CSBS 320 Introductory Statistics for Social Sciences
CDST 386 Children and the Family (5)
CDST 402 Children's Rights, Laws, & Ethics (5)
CDST 490 Children's Studies Senior Capstone (4)
CDST 439 Mindfulness & Alternative Practices for Working with Children (5) or EDUC 325 Inequalities and Impacts on Educational Equity
GEOG 357 Geography of Childhood (3)
PSYC 305 Child and Adolescent Development (4)

Total Core Credits: 36

Option C: Required Courses
CDST 438 Trauma Informed Care (5)
EDUC 385 Foundations of Developmentally Appropriate Practices (4)
EDUC 395 Methods for Implementing Developmentally Appropriate Practices (4)
EDUC470 Diversity in Early Childhood Education (3)
EDUC 479 Early Literacy (3)
PSYC 484  Child Abuse Recognition and Strategies  (3)

SOWK 492 Child Welfare and Services (5)
SPED 412 Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education (4)
SPED 415 Advocating for Families of Young Children with Special Needs (4)
CDST 483 CDST Option C Internship (4)

Total Option Credits: 35-37
Total Credits: 71-73

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