Child Development and Family Studies

The Bachelor of Science degree in Child in Family Studies is designed for students who want to work with children and families outside of the public school setting. Our program is designed with three concentration tracks to provide students with a strong foundation of knowledge, leadership skills, and cultural competencies to work with children and families. This is a blended program with courses offered face-to-face and online. 

  • Early Childhood- This track provides students with knowledge and experience in working with young children in a classroom setting. Students can obtain a directors licensure for licensed child care programs, or an early intervention specialist certification.
  • Family Life-Family life education focuses on parenting, family resource management and human intimacy. Students can work in advocacy, adoption, foster care or family life education. Students are eligible to test for a certification in family life education through the National Council on Family Relations. 
  • Child Life-This track prepares students work with children in hospital settings. Upon graduation, students are able to apply to become a certified child life specialist through the Association of Child Life Professionals upon completion of coursework, ALCP practicum, internship and certification exam. 

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science degree offers a flexible program that allows students to utilize their workforce training and experiences toward obtaining a degree. Up to thirty-three hours of workforce credit can be applied towards the degree through: workforce-based college credit hours, documented work experience at a licensed childcare facility, and documented training hours. 

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

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
Prior Learning Credit12-33
SOCI 1301 [shared] Introductory Sociology
CHFS 3300Child Development: Theory, Research, and Practice3
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 Seminar3
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
Electives0-21
Total Hours120

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Studies

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
CHFS 1304Infant and Toddler Development3
TECA 1311Introduction to Early Childhood Development3
PSYC 2308Child Psychology3
CHFS 3300Child Development: Theory, Research, and Practice3
SOCW 3303Social Work with Diverse Populations3
EDSP 3361Survey of Exceptional Learners3
CHFS 4085Internship Seminar3
CHFS 4309Parenting3
CHFS 4350 [WI] Policies and Ethical Standards3
CHFS 4356 [WI] Research Methods in Human Sciences3
CHFS 4360Preprofessional Development3
Total Hours75
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Child Life Education
LAB SCIENCE CORE REQUIREMENT [shared]:
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Anatomy and Physiology I
Anatomy & Physiology II
SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE CORE REQUIREMENT [shared]:
Introductory Sociology
TECA 1318Wellness of the Young Child3
HECO 1322Nutrition and Diet Therapy3
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
PSYC 2314Life Span Growth & Development3
PSYC 2315Psychology of Adjustment3
PBHL 2320Medical Ethics3
SOCI 3301Sociology of the Family3
PSYC 3311Behavior Analysis and Behavior Management3
KINE 3380Adapted Physical Activity3
SOCW 4311Child Welfare3
SOCI 4314Medical and Health Care Policy3
SOCW 4315Social Work Values and Ethics3
CHFS 4340Play Theory and Research3
CHFS 4345Child Life3
CHFS 4355Grief, Loss & Bereavement3
Total Hours45
Early Childhood Education
COMMUNICATIONS CORE REQUIREMENT - Select one of the following [shared]:
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speaking
TECA 1318Wellness of the Young Child3
EDUC 2300Families, School, and Community3
SOCW 2361Introduction to Social Work3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
COMM 3304Interpersonal Communication3
CHFS 3305Concepts of Management of a Licensed Child Care Program3
CHFS 3306Application of Management 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
KINE 3380Adapted Physical Activity3
SOCW 4315Social Work Values and Ethics3
CHFS 4317Environments in Early Childhood3
EDSP 4367Programming for Young Children with Disabilities3
Elective3
Total Hours45
Family Life Education
COMMUNICATIONS CORE REQUIREMENT - Select one of the following [shared]:
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speaking
LAB SCIENCE CORE REQUIREMENT [shared]:
Fundamentals of Chemistry
College Chemistry I
SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE CORE REQUIREMENT [shared]:
Introductory Sociology
HECO 1322Nutrition and Diet Therapy3
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
EDUC 2300Families, School, and Community3
PSYC 2314Life Span Growth & Development3
PSYC 2315Psychology of Adjustment3
SOCI 3301Sociology of the Family3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
COMM 3304Interpersonal Communication3
PSYC 3307The Human Lifespan3
CHFS 3310Methodology of Family Life Education3
CHFS 3316Human Intimacy3
CHFS 3333Family Financial Management3
CHFS 3353Child and Youth Guidance3
SOCW 4311Child Welfare3
SOCI/SOCW Elective:3
Total Hours45

Minor in Child Development and Family Studies

Required Courses
CHFS 3300Child Development: Theory, Research, and Practice3
Select 5 of the following:15
Management of a Licensed Child Care Program
Lifespan Of The Family
Methodology of Family Life Education
Concept Development in Early Childhood
Human Intimacy
Family Financial Management
Creative Arts and Literature for Children
Child and Youth Guidance
Parenting
Environments in Early Childhood
Child Life
Policies and Ethical Standards
Research Methods in Human Sciences
Total Hours18

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 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 3300. Child Development: Theory, Research, and Practice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the child's physical, mental, social, and emotional development from birth to 18 years old. 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 3306. Application of Management of a Licensed Child Care Program. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course is designed for application of the basic principles of the management of licensed child care programs. Experience and skills are gained in using guidance techniques, methods and materials that are developmentally appropriate. Field experience is required. Prerequisite: CHFS 3305.

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 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: 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 3300.

CHFS 4340. Play Theory and Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Exploration of historical and contemporary therapeutic play theory and research from infancy through young adulthood. Play environments, learning objectives for various age groups, and play therapy are covered.

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 4355. Grief, Loss & Bereavement. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an introduction to concepts surrounding the nature of loss, suffering, grief, and issues of death and dying. Historical, current, cultural, spiritual, and religious perspectives will be examined with attention to ethical and moral issues. Theoretical foundations will be explored as related to death and dying, as well as other types of loss to include divorce, adoption, foster care, palliative care, transitions and symbolic loss and how it impacts children and families.

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.

Dr. Jamie Borchardt, Department Head
Tarleton State University
1333 W. Washington
Stephenville, US 76401
254-968-9090
borchardt@tarleton.edu

Associate professor

  • Deborah Banker, Ph.D.

Assistant professors

  • Kristina Higgins, Ph.D.
  • Lisa Taylor-Cook, Ph.D.

Clinical instructor

  • Elizabeth Stephens, M.S.