Jan 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

FCS, Infant/Child Development, Concentration, B.S.

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Program of Study for the B. S. Degree

Total Number of Degree Hours: 123

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Francine H. Hollis, Department Chair

101 Myers Hall

(478) 825-6234


The Infant and Child Development (ICDV) concentration consists of the study of young children from conception to adulthood.  This area of child development places emphasis on the early childhood years, a very special age span in human development.  The ICDV concentration is designed to equip teachers of young children with fundamental views and skills so they may function effectively with the children in their care.  These courses will also aid students in developing a personal philosophy about child behavior and learning processes.


The department is accredited by the Council of Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.


General Program Requirement for All Majors

All programs require active pre-professional participation in a professional organization.  All majors may elect to join the American Association of Family Sciences (AAFCS).   Dues must be paid at the beginning of each school term.  Majors with an ICDV concentration may elect to become members of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) in lieu of AAFCS membership. Majors in Food/Nutrition may become student affiliate members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic. Dues structures are similar for the three (3) organizations.


Infant and Child Development Program

Child Development programs are designed  to: (1)  provide an educational  setting for students to receive practical experiences in planning, guiding and evaluating activities for pre-school children under professional supervision, (2) maintain wholesome conditions through which students may develop case histories and conduct similar activities with children and their families and (3) allow for  the  development   of  research  projects  under  supervised  conditions   which  will  increase knowledge and understanding in child growth and development. Additionally, Child Development programs:  (1) provide  developmentally  appropriate  activities  which  foster  total  well-being  of preschool children  ages  1 through  4 years,  and (2) provide  support  to parents  through  a variety  of activities  which  meet  the  needs  of participating families  and  the community at  large.  Programs located on the campus include Pre-K, Infant Nursery, and Toddler Labs.  

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

Fall Semester

14/15 Credit Hours

12 Credit Hours

A. Core Requirements

Area A: Essential Skills: 9 Credit Hours

Area B: Institutional Options: 5 Credit Hours

Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts: 6 Credit Hours

Area D: Science, Math and Technology: 11 Credit Hours

(A science course with a lab is required.)

One of the following:

B. Major Requirements

One of the following:

C. Institutional Requirements: 3 Credit Hours

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