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Child Development

The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Child Development and Family Studies focuses on recognizing and enhancing important developmental milestones for children from birth through adolescence.  Students will learn how to create effective learning environments to promote children’s healthy development as well as assist parents in creating positive relationships and environments for the development of their children.  In addition, students study the stages of development from infancy through adolescence and the ways that family, culture, peers, and schools influence the growth of children. Students will also explore the importance of advocacy for children and their families whether it be in the classroom, hospital, or justice system.

The B.P.S. in Child Development and Family Studies courses are designed to reflect professional standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). These standards are critical indicators of program quality.

In addition to core courses based on early childhood development, these guidelines contain course work designed to develop skills and knowledge of the historical, social, cultural, and educational contexts of the field.

This program DOES NOT lead to teacher licensure. Students interested in gaining a teaching license should contact the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at 678-2728.


Program Summary

A. General Education (35-41 hours)
See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements. Students who have completed one year of American History in high school are exempted from the six credit-hour History General Education Program requirement; otherwise, students will have to meet the History requirement.

B. Coordinated Study (51 hours)

I. Child Development and Family Studies Core (18 hours)

EDPR 2111 Development Across the Life Span
CDFS 2101 Family in Global Perspective
EDPR 3302 Child and Adolescent Development OR PSYC 3103 Child Psychology
CDFS 3401 Parent Child Relations
CDFS 4220 Understanding Children: Behavior and Guidance
ECED 4540 Infant & Toddler Development*

*University College students MUST be at Junior standing (60 credits or more) in order to enroll in College of Education courses.

II. Family and Society (6 hours)

ANTH 3511 Culture, Kin and Family
PSYC 4034 Children's Social Relationships
SOCI 3422 Racial and Ethnic Minorities: A Socio-Historical Approach
SOCI 3432 Sociology of Gender
SOCI 4442 Sociology of Poverty
MRCH4300 Family Resource Management

III. Counseling (3 hours)

COMM 4341 Interpersonal Communication
COUN 4611 Introduction to Counseling
COUN 4621 Human Interactions
COUN 4781 Strategies for Crisis Intervention
COUN 4783 Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services

IV. Historical Context (3 hours)
ANTH 3282 Cultural History of American Communities
HIST 3881 African-American History
HIST 4831 History of American Family
HIST 4851 History of Women in America
HIST 4853 History of African-American Women
HIST 4863 History of Childhood in America

V. Social Services and Public Policy (6 hours)

PADM 3601 Public Administration
PADM 4226 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations
POLS 3213 Introduction to the Study of Public Policy
SWRK 2911 Social Response to Human Need
SWRK 3902 Human Behavior and Social Environment
SWRK 4934 Child Welfare Policy and Services

VI. Educational Context (9 hours)

ART 3411 Art for Children
CDFS 4101 Integrated Curriculum for Early Learners
ECED 3555 * Observation and Assessment of Infant and Early Childhood Development
EXSS 3306 Elementary School Health and Wellness
SPED 2000 Issues of Human Diversity
ENGL 3401 Children's Literature
SOCI 3820 Sociology of Education
CDFS 4223 Home, School and Community Engagement

VII. Internship & Field Experience (6 hours)

UNIV 4110 Internship (3)
UNIV 2110 Field Experience (3)

C. Thematic Studies (6 hours)

D. Senior Project (3 hours)

UNIV 4995 Senior Project

E. Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120 with a minimum of 42 upper-division hours.

Course Descriptions

College of Arts and Sciences

Aerospace Studies (AERO)
African and African American Studies (AAAS)
Anthropology (ANTH)
Biology (BIOL)
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Chemistry (CHEM)
City and Regional Planning (PLAN)
Computer Science (COMP)
Criminology and Criminal Justice (CJUS)
Earth Sciences (ESCI)
English (ENGL)
Emergency Management (EMGT)
Environmental Studies (ENVR)
Health Administration (HADM)
History (HIST)
International Studies (INTL)
Judaic Studies (JDST)
Mathematics (MATH)
Military Science (ARMY)
Naval Science (NAVY)
Philosophy (PHIL)
Physics (PHYS)
Political Science (POLS)
Public and Nonprofit Administration (PADM)
Psychology (PSYC)
Religious Studies (RLGN)
Social Work (SWRK)
Sociology (SOCI)
Women's Studies (WMST)

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Arabic (ARAB)
Chinese (CHIN)
Classics (CLAS)
French (FREN)
German (GERM)
Greek (GREK)
Hebrew (HEBR)
Italian (ITAL)
Japanese (JAPN)
Languages and Literature (LALI)
Latin (LATN)
Portuguese (PORT)
Russian (RUSS)
Spanish (SPAN)

Fogelman College of Business and Economics

Accountancy (ACCT)
Business Administration (BA)
Economics (ECON)
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (FIR)
Management Information Systems (MIS)
Management (MGMT)
Marketing (MKTG))
Supply Chain Management Science (SCMS)

College of Communication and Fine Arts

Architecture (ARCH)
Art (ART)
Art History (ARTH)
Communication (COMM)
Communication/Fine Arts (CCFA)
Dance (DANC)
Interior Design (IDES)
Journalism (JOUR)
Theatre (THEA)


Applied Music (MUAP)
Music Appreciation (MUS)
Music Education (MUSE)
Music History, Literature, and Appreciation (MUHL)
Music Industry (MUID)
Music Theory and Composition (MUTC)
Sacred Music (MUSA)

College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research

Counseling and Personnel Services (COUN)
Educational Psychology and Research (EDPR)

Health and Sport Sciences

Dietetics (NUTR)
Health and Human Performance (EXSS)
Health and Sport Sciences (HMSE)
Healthcare Leadership (HCL)
Health Promotion (HPRO)
Physical Education Activities (PHED)
Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)
Sport and Leisure Commerce (SLC)
Sport and Leisure Management (SLS)

Instruction and Curriculum Leadership

Early Childhood Education (ECED)
Educational Services (EDSV)
Elementary Education (ELED)
Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (ICL)
Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)
Leadership (LEAD)
Reading (RDNG)
Special Education (SPED)

Herff College of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering (BIOM)
Civil Engineering (CIVL)
Electrical and Computer Engineering (EECE)
Engineering (ENGR)
Mechanical Engineering (MECH)
Technology (TECH)

Loewenberg School of Nursing

Nursing (NURS)

University College

Family and Consumer Science (CSED)
Merchandising (MRCH)
Paralegal Studies (LEGL)
University College (UNIV)

Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management

Hospitality and Resort Management (HPRM)

Independent Programs

Orientation Program (ACAD)
University Honors Program (UNHP)
University of Memphis Libraries (LBRY)

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