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
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.