Curriculum and Instruction

Child Development and Family Studies

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Child and Family Studies, a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Child Development and Family Studies (B.A.A.S.), and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in Child and Family Studies. The focus of the Child Development and Family Studies program is to provide students with academic preparation and practical experience in working with children and families in a variety of settings. Our programs and profession focus on individuals and families in order to achieve an optimum balance between people and environments. Students will learn about the physical, emotional and social development of young children while studying relationships within families and in other social contexts (schools, workplace, faith communities, etc.)  The mission of our program is to provide an academically challenging environment through effective teaching, scholarly endeavors, and service that will prepare students for professional positions working with children, youth, and families in educational programs and community services on the local, state, and national levels.  Students will graduate with in-depth knowledge of child growth and development (prenatal through adolescence), family dynamics, and family relationships.

Faculty in Child Development and Family Studies come from diverse educational backgrounds and expertise. Faculty members promote and integrate a holistic approach to understanding individuals and families while preparing students for professional careers or graduate study. The program also has a variety of instructional resources including the Tarleton State University Child Development Center. The Child Development and Family Studies programs provide “hands-on” experience with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers as well as field experiences with social service agencies.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Child and Family Studies

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
TECA 1311Introduction to Early Childhood Development3
CHFS 1304Infant and Toddler Development3
CHFS 3300Child Development3
CHFS 4309Parenting3
CHFS 4350 [WI] Policies and Ethical Standards3
CHFS 4356 [WI] Research Methods in Human Sciences3
CHFS 4360Preprofessional Development3
CHFS 4085Internship Seminar1-3
EDSP 3361Survey of Exceptional Learners3
PSYC 2308Child Psychology3
SOCW 3303Social Work with Diverse Populations3
Total Hours75
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Child Life Education
LAB SCIENCE CORE REQUIREMENT - Select one of the following [shared]:
Fundamentals of Chemistry
College Chemistry I
SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE CORE REQUIREMENT [shared]:
Introductory Sociology
KINE 3355Principles of Health and Physical Education In Elementary Schools3
KINE 3380Adapted Physical Activity3
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
PSYC 2314Life Span Growth & Development3
PSYC 2315Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC 3311Behavior Analysis and Behavior Management3
PBHL 2320Medical Ethics3
SOCI 3301Sociology of the Family3
SOCW 4311Child Welfare3
SOCW 4314Medical and Health Care Policy3
SOCW 4315Social Work Values and Ethics3
SOCW 4321Death and Dying3
HECO 1322Nutrition and Diet Therapy3
Elective6
Total Hours45
Early Childhood Education
COMMUNICATIONS CORE REQUIREMENT [shared]:
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speaking
CHFS 3305Management of a Licensed Child Care Program3
CHFS 3315Concept Development in Early Childhood3
CHFS 3344 [WI] Creative Arts and Literature for Children3
CHFS 3353Child and Youth Guidance3
CHFS 4317Environments in Early Childhood3
COMM 3304Interpersonal Communications3
EDUC 2300Families, School, and Community3
EDSP 4367Programming for Young Children with Disabilities3
KINE 3355Principles of Health and Physical Education In Elementary Schools3
KINE 3380Adapted Physical Activity3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
SOCW 2361Introduction to Social Work3
SOCW 4315Social Work Values and Ethics3
Elective6
Total Hours45
Family Life Education
COMMUNICATIONS CORE REQUIREMENT [shared]:
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speaking
LAB SCIENCE CORE REQUIREMENT - Select one of the following [shared]:
Fundamentals of Chemistry
College Chemistry I
SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE CORE REQUIREMENT [shared]:
Introductory Sociology
CHFS 3310Methodology of Family Life Education3
CHFS 3333Family Financial Management3
CHFS 3353Child and Youth Guidance3
CHFS 4309Parenting3
COMM 3304Interpersonal Communications3
EDUC 2300Families, School, and Community3
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
PSYC 2314Life Span Growth & Development3
PSYC 2315Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
PSYC 3307The Human Lifespan3
SOCI 3301Sociology of the Family3
SOCW 4311Child Welfare3
HECO 1322Nutrition and Diet Therapy3
SOCI/SOCW Elective:3
Total Hours45

The Bachelor of Applied Arts Sciences in Child Development and Family Studies

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
SOCI 1301 [shared] Introductory Sociology
Occupational Specialization33
CDEC 1303 or TECA 1303
CDEC 1311 or TECA 1311
CDEC 1313
CDEC 1318 or TECA 1318
CDEC 1319
CDEC 1321 or CHFS 1304
CDEC 1356
CDEC 1358
CDEC 1359/EDSP 3361 or EDUC 2301
CDEC 2307
CDEC 2341
CHFS 3300Child Development3
CHFS 3305Management of a Licensed Child Care Program3
CHFS 3315Concept Development in Early Childhood3
CHFS 3344 [WI] Creative Arts and Literature for Children3
CHFS 4309Parenting3
CHFS 4350 [WI] Policies and Ethical Standards3
CHFS 4356 [WI] Research Methods in Human Sciences3
CHFS 4317Environments in Early Childhood3
CHFS 4360Preprofessional Development3
CHFS 4085Internship Seminar1-3
KINE 3380Adapted Physical Activity3
SOCW 3303Social Work with Diverse Populations3
SOCW 4311Child Welfare3
SOCI 3301Sociology of the Family3
EDSP 4367Programming for Young Children with Disabilities3
Total Hours120

Elementary Certification

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies as the degree leading to teacher certification at the elementary level of Early Childhood through Grade 6, at the middle school level of Grades 4 through 8, All Level Special Education, and Early Childhood through Grade 6 with Bilingual Education. Through this degree students choosing early childhood and elementary level obtain a broad-based content preparation with a strong emphasis on language arts and reading. At the middle school level, certification areas include Generalist, Math, Science, Language Arts/Social Studies, and Math/Science. English as a Second Language (ESL) certification is included in the BS Interdisciplinary Studies degree with EC – 6, All Level Special Education, and Middle School certification except for Math/Science. At the graduate level certifications available are Professional Reading Specialist and Educational Diagnostician. Application for admission to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program must be made during the junior year while enrolled in EDUC 3320 Foundations of Teaching: Elementary (EC-6) Classrooms. Requirements for admission, retention, and admission to student teaching are described in the College of Education section of this catalog. Prior to enrolling in any teacher education course work, students must complete a minimum of 60 hours of coursework, excluding developmental courses.

Secondary and All-Level Certification

Students working toward secondary and all-level certification will pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a major and minor, if applicable, in academic disciplines. Students will also take professional education courses to meet certification requirements. While not offering a major in secondary education, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction does offer the professional development courses required to obtain secondary and all-level certification.

Students obtain academic advisement for secondary and all-level certification programs in the department of their major. Application for admission to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program must be made during the junior year while enrolled in EDUC 3320. Requirements for admission, retention, and admission to student teaching are described in the College of Education section of this catalog. Prior to enrolling in any teacher education course work, students must complete a minimum of 60 hours of coursework excluding developmental courses.

Alternative Certification

The Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education (TMATE) is an alternative teacher certification program offered in Fort Worth. Its purpose is to prepare highly qualified individuals to serve as public school teachers in Texas. TMATE is a collaborative teacher education program between Tarleton State University and public school districts in the Tarleton service area.

TMATE is an alternative certification program designed for persons who have already completed a baccalaureate degree and who have a record of exemplary academic achievement and/or work experience. Certification is earned through a combination of intensive summer course work coupled with a paid, year-long internship in a teaching position with a public school. The internship is jointly sponsored and supervised by Tarleton State University and the participating school district. Interns develop professional teaching skills and values through the combination of University classes and practical classroom experience.

Through TMATE, teaching certificates may be earned in the following certification areas: Early Childhood – Grade 6; Middle School (grades 4 – 8); and High School (grades 8 – 12); ESL and Bilingual. All-level certifications are available in Generic Special Education, Physical Education, Art, and Music.

TMATE Entry Requirements

TMATE applicants must present a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of at least 2.75 in the area of certification. Applicants must meet the requirements for Graduate School and are eligible to apply their TMATE coursework toward a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

Applicants will be evaluated to determine an appropriate level of oral language proficiency and critical thinking ability. Additional evaluation procedures include a structured oral interview, formal writing sample, work evaluations from previous employment, performance on a standardized test of critical thinking, and additional evaluations prescribed by TMATE admission policies.

Concurrent to applying for admission to TMATE, applicants must also apply for a teaching position with a school district within a 125-mile radius of Fort Worth and Stephenville. Thus, applicants are subjected to a dual screening process: one conducted by the University and the other by the school district.

A full description of the TMATE program is provided on the website, www.tarleton.edu/tmate. Applicants may also contact the TMATE office:

Fort Worth
Dr. Laura Estes
TMATE Coordinator
6777 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76116
817-723-7300
estes@tarleton.edu

Interdisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies leads to teacher certification at the Early Childhood through Grade 6 and the Middle School Grades 4 through 8 levels. Standards developed by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC), the Texas Education Agency, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board provide the framework for Early Childhood through Grade 6 Generalist and Middle School Grades 4 through 8 Generalist and in Math, Science, Language Arts/Social Studies, and Math/Science certification programs as well as All Level Special Education that have been approved at Tarleton State University.

The typical curriculum for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies requires (1) a minimum of 120 semester hours and (2) a minimum of 45 semester hours of advanced credit (3000 level or above).

Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

Required Courses
Certification Concentrations ONLY
General Education Requirements 143
ENGL 1301 [shared] [WI] Composition I
ENGL 1302 [shared] [WI] Composition II
EDUC 1100 [shared] Transitioning to University Studies and the Teaching Profession
ENGL Sophomore literature [shared]
ENGL sophomore literature3
Select one of the following:3
Child Development
Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
HUMA 1315 [shared] Fine Arts Appreciation
CHEM 1302 [shared] Essential Elements of Chemistry
PHYS 1302 [shared] Essential Elements of Physics
EASC 2310 [shared] Earth Systems Science
EDUC 1301Introduction to the Teaching Profession3
BIOL 2310Essential Elements of Biology3
MATH 1314 [shared] College Algebra
MATH 3303Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH 3305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II3
Select one of the following:3
Content Area Literacy for Interdisciplinary Studies
Content Area Reading (for Middle School Math/Science Only)
READ 3311Literacy for the Early Years3
READ 3384 [WI] Literacy for the Middle Years3
EDUC 3320 Understanding Learners3
EDUC 3330Models of Instruction3
EDUC 4335 Issues of Professionalism3
EDUC 4690Clinical Teaching6
Total Hours for Required Courses for CERTIFICATION Concentrations:85
Child and Family Studies Concentrations ONLY
General Education Requirements 142
ENGL 1301 [shared] [WI] Composition I
ENGL 1302 [shared] [WI] Composition II
Select one of the following [shared]:
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speaking
CHFS 1100 [shared] Transitioning to University Studies in Child and Family Studies
SOCI 1301 [shared] Introductory Sociology
TECA 1311Introduction to Early Childhood Development3
WSES 1322Nutrition and Diet Therapy3
or HECO 1322 Nutrition and Diet Therapy
CHFS 1304Infant and Toddler Development3
CHFS 3300Child Development3
CHFS 4356 [WI] Research Methods in Human Sciences3
CHFS 4085Internship Seminar1-3
CHFS 4350 [WI] Policies and Ethical Standards3
CHFS 4360Preprofessional Development3
Total Hours for Required Courses for CHILD AND FAMILY STUDIES Concentrations:66
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Generalist with Bilingual Certification
GEOG 1303 [shared] World Regional Geography 2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction To Economics 2
Principles of Macroeconomics 2
MATH 4305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III3
KINE 3355Principles of Health and Physical Education In Elementary Schools3
EDSP 3361Survey of Exceptional Learners3
READ 3301Introduction to Children's Literature3
READ 4309 [WI] Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4310Concepts of Literacy Classrooms3
EDUC 2300Families, School, and Community3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 3315Literacy Instruction for Bilingual Classrooms3
EDUC 4304Early Childhood Environment3
EDUC 4305Content Area Instruction in Bilingual Classrooms3
EDUC 4315EC - 8 Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction3
Total Hours39
EC-6 Generalist with ESL
GEOG 1303 [shared] World Regional Geography 2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction To Economics 2
Principles of Macroeconomics 2
KINE 3355Principles of Health and Physical Education In Elementary Schools3
SPAN 1303Basic Spanish for Vocations3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III3
EDSP 3361Survey of Exceptional Learners3
READ 3301Introduction to Children's Literature3
READ 4309 [WI] Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4310Concepts of Literacy Classrooms3
EDUC 2300Families, School, and Community3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 4304Early Childhood Environment3
EDUC 4315EC - 8 Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction3
Total Hours36
Middle School Generalist with ESL
READ 3301Introduction to Children's Literature3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 4330Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
READ 4309 [WI] Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4310Concepts of Literacy Classrooms3
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
BIOL 4401Ecology4
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
MATH 1316Plane Trigonometry3
MATH 2413Calculus I4
Select one of the following:3-4
Elementary Statistical Methods
Principles of Bio-Statistics
MATH 3302Principles of Geometry3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III3
Select one of the following:
Introduction To Economics 2
Principles of Macroeconomics 2
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography 23
SPAN 1303Basic Spanish for Vocations3
Advanced HIST3
Total Hours56-57
Middle School Math with ESL
SPAN 1303Basic Spanish for Vocations3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 4330Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
READ 3301Introduction to Children's Literature3
READ 4309 [WI] Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4310Concepts of Literacy Classrooms3
MATH 1316Plane Trigonometry3
MATH 2413Calculus I4
MATH 3302Principles of Geometry3
MATH 4304Survey of Mathematical Ideas3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III3
Select one of the following:3-4
Elementary Statistical Methods
Principles of Bio-Statistics
Advanced MATH as advised3
Total Hours40-41
Middle School Science with ESL
SPAN 1303Basic Spanish for Vocations3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 4330Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
READ 3301Introduction to Children's Literature3
READ 4309 [WI] Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4310Concepts of Literacy Classrooms3
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
BIOL 4401Ecology4
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
Advised Science Elective3-4
Total Hours40-41
Middle School Math and Science
EDUC 4330Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
READ 3301Introduction to Children's Literature3
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
BIOL 4401Ecology4
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
Advised Science Elective3-4
MATH 2412Precalculus Math 34
MATH 2413Calculus I4
MATH 3302Principles of Geometry3
MATH 4304Survey of Mathematical Ideas3
or MATH 4305 Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III
Select one of the following:3-4
Elementary Statistical Methods
Principles of Bio-Statistics
Advanced MATH as advised (Must be Writing Intensive)3
Total Hours45-47
Middle School Language Arts and Social Sciences with ESL
COMM 1342Voice & Diction3
ENGL 3320Advanced Grammar3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III3
SPAN 1303Basic Spanish for Vocations3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 4330Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
READ 4309 [WI] Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4310Concepts of Literacy Classrooms3
READ 3301Introduction to Children's Literature3
Advanced ENGL as advised3
HIST 2321World Civilizations I 23
or HIST 2322 World Civilizations II
Select one of the following:
ECON 1301 [shared] Introduction To Economics 2
ECON 2301 [shared] Principles of Macroeconomics 2
Advanced HIST3
Advanced Social Science as advised3
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
GEOG 1320Introduction to Human Geography3
Total Hours45
All Level Special Education EC-6 Generalist with ESL
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 4304Early Childhood Environment3
EDUC 4315EC - 8 Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction3
READ 3301Introduction to Children's Literature3
READ 4309 [WI] Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4310Concepts of Literacy Classrooms3
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
SPAN 1303Basic Spanish for Vocations3
KINE 3355Principles of Health and Physical Education In Elementary Schools3
or KINE 3380 Adapted Physical Activity
EDSP 3361Survey of Exceptional Learners3
EDSP 4362Special Education Rules and Regulations for Teachers3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
EDSP 4364Teaching Learners with Developmental Disabilities3
EDSP 4365Behavior Management for Exceptional Learners3
Total Hours42
CHFS: Early Childhood Track
CHFS 3305Management of a Licensed Child Care Program3
CHFS 3344 [WI] Creative Arts and Literature for Children3
CHFS 3353Child and Youth Guidance3
CHFS 3315Concept Development in Early Childhood3
CHFS 4309Parenting3
EDUC 2300Families, School, and Community3
EDSP 3361Survey of Exceptional Learners3
CHFS 4317Environments in Early Childhood3
PSYC 2308Child Psychology3
EDSP 4367Programming for Young Children with Disabilities3
COMM 3304Interpersonal Communications3
KINE 3355Principles of Health and Physical Education In Elementary Schools3
KINE 3380Adapted Physical Activity3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
SOCW 2361Introduction to Social Work3
SOCW 3303Social Work with Diverse Populations3
SOCW 4315Social Work Values and Ethics3
General Electives3
Total Hours54
CHFS: Family Life Educator Certificate Option
CHFS 3310Methodology of Family Life Education3
CHFS 3316Human Intimacy3
CHFS 3333Family Financial Management3
CHFS 4309Parenting3
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
PSYC 2314Life Span Growth & Development3
PSYC 3307The Human Lifespan3
SOCW 3303Social Work with Diverse Populations3
SOCW 4311Child Welfare3
COMM 3304Interpersonal Communications3
CHFS 3353Child and Youth Guidance3
EDUC 2300Families, School, and Community3
PSYC 2308Child Psychology3
PSYC 2315Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
WSES 3321Life Cycle Nutrition3
SOCI 3301Sociology of the Family3
General Electives3
Total Hours54
CHFS: Child Life Certificate Option
CHFS 4345Child Life3
CHFS 4309Parenting3
BIOL 2401 [shared] Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2402 [shared] Anatomy & Physiology II
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
PSYC 2308Child Psychology3
PSYC 2315Psychology of Adjustment3
PBHL 2320Medical Ethics3
SOCI 3301Sociology of the Family3
SOCW 3303Social Work with Diverse Populations3
SOCW 4311Child Welfare3
SOCW 4321Death and Dying3
KINE 1306First Aid and CPR3
KINE 3355Principles of Health and Physical Education In Elementary Schools3
KINE 3380Adapted Physical Activity3
PSYC 2314Life Span Growth & Development3
PSYC 3311Behavior Analysis and Behavior Management3
SOCW 2361Introduction to Social Work3
SOCW 4314Medical and Health Care Policy3
SOCW 4315Social Work Values and Ethics3
Total Hours54
1

Please see Academic Information section

2

One of these courses may be counted toward the social and behavioral sciences general education requirement.

3

This requirement may also be met by taking both MATH 1314 College Algebra and MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry. This course satisfies the university general education mathematics requirement.

Secondary and All-Level Educator Certificates

The State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) adopted Standards Based Educator Preparation programs aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Tarleton State University currently offers the following secondary and all-level educator certificates developed within the framework of SBEC 2000 Standards. Degree and certification requirements, as well as departmental contacts are found at this website http://www.tarleton.edu/eps/TEP/applications/secondcert.html.

6-12 Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

All-Level Art         

7-12 Chemistry   

7-12 English Language Arts and Reading    

6-12 Family & Consumer Sciences

7-12 History         

7-12 Life Science               

7-12 Math             

8-12 Math/Physics              

All-Level Music

All-Level Physical Education           

6-12 Physical Science

7-12 Science

7-12 Social Studies

All-Level Spanish               

7-12 Speech   

Supplemental Certifications1
1

May be added to grade level certificate.

English as a Second LanguageE (ESL)
ENGL 3320Advanced Grammar3
ENGL 3370An Introduction to Linguistics3
PSYC 3320Psycholinguistics3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
Total Hours12
Special Education
4-8:
EDSP 3361Survey of Exceptional Learners3
EDSP 4362Special Education Rules and Regulations for Teachers3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
EDSP 4364Teaching Learners with Developmental Disabilities3
EDSP 4365Behavior Management for Exceptional Learners3
8-12:
EDSP 3361Survey of Exceptional Learners3
EDSP 4362Special Education Rules and Regulations for Teachers3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
EDSP 4364Teaching Learners with Developmental Disabilities3
EDSP 4365Behavior Management for Exceptional Learners3
Total Hours30

Child Development and Family Studies Courses

CHFS 1100. Transitioning to University Studies in Child and Family Studies. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

An introduction to and analysis of the culture child and family studies. Students will examine best practices when working with families and children from diverse backgrounds and needs through directed field experiences. This course also meets the First Year Seminar requirement.

CHFS 1201. Basic Clothing Construction. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Basic construction of garments taught through lecture, demonstration, instructional media, and laboratory experience. No experience in clothing construction required. A student must earn a grade of at least a "C" to progress to HECO 1328. This course will not count for degree credit for the BS degree in HS with teacher certification. Lab fee $15.

CHFS 1304. Infant and Toddler Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Emphasis is on the child from conception through younger years with a study of growth and development in the family setting. Directed observation in approved settings is required.

CHFS 1307. Personal and Professional Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

CHFS 3300. Child Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the child's physical, mental, social, and emotional development from preschool to adolescence. Emphasis is placed on the three year old to adolescent child and those factors which influence his/her growth. Credit for both CHFS 3300 and FACS 3300 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of department head.

CHFS 3305. Management of a Licensed Child Care Program. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Basic principles of the management of licensed child care programs are studied. Experience is gained in using guidance techniques, methods and materials appropriate to the pre-school level. The class plans and operates a child care center. Credit for both CHFS 3305 and FACS 3305 will not be awarded.

CHFS 3309. Lifespan Of The Family. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the developmental tasks throughout the family life cycle. Stages of the family from the newly established family through the aging family are examined. Current issues such as family planning, divorce and single parenting, alternate family forms, dual career families, and aging of family members are included.

CHFS 3310. Methodology of Family Life Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An understanding of the philosophies and principles of family life education, including knowledge of the family life certification process and content areas. This course will include a survey and critique of various existing family life education programs as well as the development, implementation, and evaluation of new evidence-based programs. Prerequisite: Junior Classification or Approval of Department Head.

CHFS 3311. Human Sciences Occupations I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the organization and management of Family and Consumer Sciences departments and programs within the secondary schools. State requirements for programs, physical facilities, advisory councils, and models for program delivery are included.

CHFS 3312. Human Sciences Occupations II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of selected occupations within the field of Family and Consumer Sciences. Special emphasis will be given to the skills and content needed for program delivery to meet the needs of secondary and challenged students in contemporary society.

CHFS 3315. Concept Development in Early Childhood. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An exploration of theory and practice in teaching science, mathematics, social studies/diversity and technology to young children. An emphasis is placed on developmentally appropriate practices that facilitate skill development. This course includes 8 hours of field experience in an early childhood classroom. Prerequisite course: CHFS 3300 or approval of department head. Prerequisite: CHFS 3300 or approval of Department Head.

CHFS 3316. Human Intimacy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A functional approach to the understanding of the interpersonal dynamics and choices in primary and secondary relationships such as those with friends, dating partners, and potential mates. The study will include a brief historical and cross-cultural perspective with emphasis on the roots of modern American customs and the rituals of dating and mate selection. Current issues in human sexuality are included. A major component of the class is a study of interpersonal communication. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.

CHFS 3333. Family Financial Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Special emphasis is given to the use of family finances in achieving goals. Consideration made for financial protection and financial planning for the family life cycle.

CHFS 3344. Creative Arts and Literature for Children. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An exploration of theory, practice, and materials for teaching young children music, movement, visual arts, and literacy. An emphasis will be placed on developmentally appropriate practice including process-focused activities and skill development. Prerequisites: CHFS 3300.

CHFS 3353. Child and Youth Guidance. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An exploration of child and youth guidance strategies in the context of family and group settings. The history and theories of guidance strategies as well as practical application of positive guidance strategies will be discussed. Methods to promote pro-social behavior will be examined. Prerequisites: CHFS 3300.

CHFS 4085. Internship Seminar. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This internship includes supervised, field-based activities in licensed daycare facilities. Major emphasis is placed on the developmentally appropriate instructional strategies and professional practices designed to improve teaching and child care performance. Students are required to conduct a reflective analysis of their internship activities. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CHFS 3300.

CHFS 4309. Parenting. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A contemporary approach to basic principles and skills needed for effective parenting. Study will include assessment of parenting programs and techniques. Emphasis is placed on creating nurturing home environments through the life cycle. Prerequisite: CHFS 3300.

CHFS 4317. Environments in Early Childhood. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An exploration of the Early Childhood environments, including plans, procedures, physical environment (use of learning centers) and activities for development and assessment of young children. Additionally, this course will examine current issues facing professionals in early childhood settings. Prerequisites: CHFS 1304, 3300.

CHFS 4345. Child Life. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A review of the historical and theoretical perspectives on the development of the child life field and information on fundamental skills required to help children and families cope with the stress of the health care experience. Prerequisites: CHFS 1304, 3300.

CHFS 4350. Policies and Ethical Standards. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

A study of moral, ethical, and legal issues faced by professionals working with children and families. Students will learn to assess each situation independently and evaluate alternative approaches to promoting optimal development. Information on the legal aspects of early childhood intervention, working with young children with special needs, and the ethical treatment of families in poverty will be included. Prerequisite: CHFS 3300, Senior Classification or approval of Department Head.

CHFS 4356. Research Methods in Human Sciences. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Current research issues and the importance of research in Human Sciences will be discussed. Main tasks include review of literature, introduction to the scientific method of inquiry, analysis of results, and completion of a research paper. Prerequisite: CHFS 3300.

CHFS 4360. Preprofessional Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Basic information for professional growth including: information relevant to human sciences careers; business interactions; global business-related social and cultural differences; professional correspondence; development of professional marketing tools such as interview skills, preparation of cover letters and resumes Prerequisite: CHFS 3300.

Education Courses

EDUC 1100. Transitioning to University Studies and the Teaching Profession. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Practical study designed to prepare the student for university life, aid in the development of skills for academic success, promote personal growth and responsibility, and encourage active involvement in the learning process from an individual college perspective. Includes an introduction to and analysis of the culture of schooling and classrooms. Students will examine teaching as a profession through directed experiences. Lab fee: $10.

EDUC 1301. Introduction to the Teaching Profession. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

An introduction and analysis of the culture of schooling and classrooms. Students will examine teaching as a profession through directed experiences.

EDUC 2300. Families, School, and Community. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

A study of the child, family, community, and schools, including parent education and involvement, family and community lifestyles, child abuse, and current family life issues. The course includes a service learning component to meet the field experiences requirement. Lab fee: $2.

EDUC 3310. Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the history, philosophies, theoretical and legal foundations regarding Bilingual/English as a Second Language. The course also includes a review of programmatic designs. Recommended concurrent enrollment in EDUC 4315 or 4330. Prerequisites: EDUC 3330 and admission to the Teacher Education Program.

EDUC 3315. Literacy Instruction for Bilingual Classrooms. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the knowledge and skills required to teach limited English language learners, with an emphasis on program implementation, curriculum, materials, oral language development, literacy development and assessment strategies. Course will be delivered in Spanish and English. Prerequisite: Proficiency in Spanish and EDUC 3310, 3320, and READ 3311.

EDUC 3320. Foundations of Teaching: Elementary (EC-6) Classrooms. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of techniques in cooperative learning, brain-based learning and motivation in a learner-centered classroom. Field-based experience requires students to apply course content to the real-world classroom. Prerequisites: CHFS 3300, PSYC 2308, or PSYC 3303 or concurrent enrollment (in any of the 3), and a minimum of 60 hours toward certification or degree requirements. Concurrent enrollment in READ 3321 required for EC-6 students.

EDUC 3321. Foundations of Teaching: Middle and Secondary Classrooms. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of adolescent students and teachers in middle and secondary schools. Documentation of directed field experiences are required. Prerequisite: Either CHFS 3300, PSYC 2308, or PSYC 3303. Concurrent enrollment in any of the three options is allowed. Student must have 60 earned hours toward degree or certification.

EDUC 3330. Models of Instruction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the relationships among local, state, and federal standards to develop instruction based on assessment and developmentally appropriate practices. Minimum of 20 hours Field experience component required. Prerequisites: EDUC 3320 or EDUC 3321 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

EDUC 3394. Curr/Meth EC-Grade Four I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of developmentally appropriate educational strategies and instructional techniques in teaching language arts, social studies, and fine arts to children (preschool - 4th grade). Students will be expected to integrate language arts, social studies, and fine arts within the curriculum as well as evaluate curricula materials. Prerequisites: Junior classification and completion of TASP requirement; READ 3311, SOSC 3301, and FINA 1335.

EDUC 3396. Curr/Meth EC-Grade Four II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of developmentally appropriate educational strategies and instructional techniques in teaching mathematics and science to children (preschool - 4th grade) within a problem-based learning approach. Special topics include the appropriate use of technology and cooperative grouping and the integration of curriculum within the content areas of mathematics and science. Prerequisites: MATH 3303 and 3305, GEOL 1401, BIOL 2310, admission to the Teacher Education Program.

EDUC 4086. Education Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

A course featuring independent research, reading, and discussion under personal direction of instructor, topics vary according to student need. Open to students of junior or senior classification who have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program and with approval of department head.

EDUC 4304. Early Childhood Environment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of classroom management, including the physical environment and use of centers, for diverse groups of early elementary students. A lab and documentation of directed field experiences are required. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and concurrent enrollment in READ 4310, EDUC 3310(or completion), and EDUC 4315.

EDUC 4305. Content Area Instruction in Bilingual Classrooms. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of curriculum requirements as applicable to bilingual education, language concepts and proficiencies needed for teaching language arts, math, science and social studies in bilingual classrooms. Students will evaluate commercial and research-based programs in order to adapt materials for students with varying degrees of language and literacy proficiency. Field experiences required. Prerequisites: Admission to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program, EDUC 3310, EDUC 3315, READ 3311, and READ 3351 or READ 3356. Proficiency in Spanish.

EDUC 4315. EC - 8 Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Overview of developmentally appropriate curriculum adhering to state and national standards for grades EC - 8. Prerequisites: Admission to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program and EDUC 3330, and concurrent enrollment in READ 4310 and EDUC 3310 (or completion).

EDUC 4330. Application of Effective Teaching Practices. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Documented field-based experiences are provided in school settings where students will plan and deliver units of instruction, examine various models of instruction, analyze classroom management strategies, and demonstrate competencies in effective teaching practices. Prerequisites: EDUC 3330 and READ 3351/READ 3356.

EDUC 4331. Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary Classrooms. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to be an examination of the relationships among local, state, and federal standards to develop instructional strategies derived from research-based practices for middle and secondary classrooms. Field experience required. Prerequisites: EDUC 3321 or EDUC 3320 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

EDUC 4335. Issues of Professionalism. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Students synthesize and validate concepts encountered during clinical teaching. Prerequisites: Admission to Clinical Teaching and concurrent enrollment in EDUC 4690(or equivalent).

EDUC 4383. Internship for Classroom Teaching. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 9 Hours).

This internship includes supervised, field-based activities in public school classrooms. Major emphasis is placed on the development of instructional strategies and professional practicies designed to improve teaching performance. Students are required to conduct a reflective analysis of their teaching performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Field experience fee $75.

EDUC 4690. Clinical Teaching. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 40 Hours).

Supervised clinical teaching in the public schools at the appropriate level. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in content, the application of best practices, and classroom management strategies. Prerequisites: Admission to Clinical Teaching and concurrent enrollment in EDUC 4335(or equivalent). Passing scores on required certification exams.

Reading Courses

READ 0303. Basic Reading. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of ways a student may enhance existing reading and writing skills; evaluate and examine new theories of learning in relation to individual needs; develop problem solving abilities and critical thinking; acquire individual capacities for understanding oneself in relation to college expectations. The class will use relevant, pertinent materials designed to enrich a student's background knowledge.

READ 3301. Introduction to Children's Literature. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of literature for children grades EC – 8 focusing on the use of classic and contemporary texts to promote interest, motivation, and critical reading skills for self-selected reading. Credit will not be granted for READ 3301 and ENGL 3350. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of SOPH level ENGL.

READ 3311. Literacy for the Early Years. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of research-based competencies essential for effective literacy instruction in the early years. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, 3 hours SOPH ENGL and concurrent enrollment in READ 3321.

READ 3351. Content Area Literacy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an understanding of factors which influence learning from content text and teaches specific instructional strategies which promote comprehension, vocabulary development, effective study strategies, and test-taking skills. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302 and a Sophomore level English.

READ 3356. Content Area Literacy for Interdisciplinary Studies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an understanding of factors which influence learning from content texts. The course includes specific instructional strategies that promote comprehension, vocabulary development, effective study and test-taking skills, and ways to modify text for diverse learners including English Language Learners, Gifted and Talented, Special Education and other cultural groups. Attention is given to the principles of research-based reading instruction for EC-6 and 4-8 pre-service teachers. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302 and a Sophomore level English.

READ 3384. Literacy for the Middle Years. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

A field-based course surveying research-based competencies essential for effective literacy instruction in the middle years. Prerequisites: READ 3311, Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 3330.

READ 4086. Reading Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

A course featuring independent research, reading, application and discussion under personal direction of instructor. Topics vary according to student need. Open to students of junior or senior classification who have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program and with approval of the instructor and department head.

READ 4309. Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course focuses on theory and instructional strategies for teaching and assess literacy learning with EC-6 and 4-8 learners in a school setting. It includes the writing process, genres of children's literature and writing genres, evaluation of children's literature, teaching with mini-lessons using children's literature as mentor texts to teach writing, stages of writing in relation to early literacy, state and national standards for writing, high stakes writing tests and writing to learn. Prerequisites: READ 3311 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

READ 4310. Concepts of Literacy Classrooms. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of literacy initiatives and concepts for grades EC – 8. Prerequisites: Admission to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program and concurrent enrollment in EDUC 4315 or EDUC 4330.

Special Education Courses

EDSP 3361. Survey of Exceptional Learners. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The characteristics of exceptional learners and the educational programs for individuals with disabilities will be surveyed. Additional course content will include the legislation and court cases related to special education and the referral, diagnosis, and placement of exceptional learners. A field experience is required. Prerequisite: TASP/THEA requirement must be met.

EDSP 4086. Special Education Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

A course featuring independent research, reading, application and discussion under personal direction of instructor. Topics vary according to student need. Open to students of junior or senior classification who have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program and with approval of the instructor and department head.

EDSP 4361. Teaching Strategies for Adolescent Students with Learning Disabilities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to be a Survey of exceptional learners and the mandated educational programs for individuals with disabilities in middle and secondary schools. Additional course content will include instructional and communicative strategies that will facilitate appropriate and productive inclusion of middle and secondary age students with diagnosed and undiagnosed disabilities within general education classrooms and other school settings.. A field experience is required. Prerequisites: EDUC 3321 or EDUC 3320 and admission to Teacher Education.

EDSP 4362. Special Education Rules and Regulations for Teachers. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Laws and litigation that affect the education of students with disabilities are examined. Includes procedures pertinent to teachers providing special education services such as federal and state regulations, IEPs, and the development of basic instructional plans. Field experience required. Prerequisite: EDSP 3361, equivalent course, or approval of department head.

EDSP 4363. Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Learning disabilities are examined with emphasis on history, definition, causation and characteristics. Content includes teaching methods for language, academic, and social skills as well as effective inclusive practices. Strategies for successful collaboration with parents, guardians, paraprofessionals and general education teachers are studied. Field experience required. Prerequisite: EDSP 2301 or equivalent course.

EDSP 4364. Teaching Learners with Developmental Disabilities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Etiology and characteristics associated with deficits in development are studied. Effects of developmental disabilities in the areas of language acquisition and physical, social and emotional functioning are examined. Course content includes methods for teaching functional academic skills, communication skills and life management skills, working with parents, paraprofessionals and related service personnel, community based instruction and vocational planning. Field experience required. Prerequisite: EDSP 2301 or EDSP 3361.

EDSP 4365. Behavior Management for Exceptional Learners. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Information is provided on managing a classroom that includes students with disabilities. Topics include creating positive interpersonal relationships in the classroom, increasing student motivation and learning, minimizing disruptive behavior, behavioral management strategies, curriculum adaptations, crisis management and behavior management theories and strategies. Information will also be provided on the typical characteristics associated with emotional disabilities and identification procedures utilized. Field experience required. Prerequisite: EDSP 2301 or EDSP 3361.

EDSP 4367. Programming for Young Children with Disabilities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study of young children with disabilities aged birth to 6 with an emphasis on the techniques for implementing programs to meet the needs of the child and the family. Early intervention, medical intervention, and public school educational programming for at-risk infants, toddlers, and young children will be addressed as well as parent involvement models to promote optimum parent-child and parent-professional relationships. Emphasis on recent research related to early childhood special education. Field experience required. Prerequisite: EDSP 3361 or equivalent course.

Dr. Deborah Banker, Department Head
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
E.J. Howell Building, Room 320
Box T-0290
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9096
(254) 968-9947
banker@tarleton.edu
http://www.tarleton.edu/teachered

Professors

  • Barkley, Jordan
  • Becker, Melissa
  • Burk, Jill
  • Calahan, M. Ann
  • Lamb, Holly
  • Taylor, Diane

Associate professors

  • Baker, Credence
  • Cavin, Lisa
  • Ford, Randy
  • Gentry, James
  • Hawke, Laurie
  • Hawke, Michael
  • Miler-Levy, Rebekah
  • Wright, Michael

Assistant professors

  • Castaneda, M. Anita
  • Clark-Goff, Kylah
  • Colvin, Lisa
  • Estes, Laura
  • Fox, Anna
  • Higgins, Kristina
  • Hopkins-Higham, Debby
  • McGregor, Jennifer
  • Meehan, Jessica Dr.
  • Mixon, Cheryl
  • Pate, Robin
  • Putman, Rebecca
  • Schaffer, Kelly
  • Ward, Julie

Instructor

  • Fowler, Shanan
  • Hinson, Lillian
  • Stephens, Elizabeth