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 concentrations 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. All CHFS majors must earn a C or better in all CHFS and TECA courses, and a major GPA of 2.25 is required for graduation.

  • Early Childhood- This track provides students with knowledge and experience in working with young children in a classroom setting. Students will have completed course for eligibility to obtain a director’s licensure for licensed child care programs in Texas 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 documented workforce training 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 and/or documented work  training hours.

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

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

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
Prior Learning Credit12-33
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
CHFS 3306Application of Management of a Licensed Child Care Program3
CHFS 4320Early Intervention Services3
Electives0-21
Total Hours120

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Studies 

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Studies

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
CHFS 1304Infant and Toddler Development3
CHFS 3300Child Development: Theory, Research, and Practice3
CHFS 4085Internship Seminar3
CHFS 4309Parenting3
CHFS 4350 [WI] Policies and Ethical Standards3
CHFS 4356 [WI] Research Methods in Human Sciences3
CHFS 4360Preprofessional Development3
EDUC 2301Introduction to Special Populations3
PSYC 2308Child Psychology3
SOCW 3303Social Work with Diverse Populations3
TECA 1311Educating Young Children3
Total Hours75
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Child Life Education
BIOL 2401 [shared] Anatomy and Physiology I
or BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II
SOCI 1301 [shared] Introductory Sociology
CHFS 4320Early Intervention Services3
CHFS 4340Play Theory and Research3
CHFS 4345Child Life3
CHFS 4355Grief, Loss & Bereavement3
HECO 1322Nutrition and Diet Therapy3
KINE 3380Adapted Physical Activity3
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
PSYC 2314Life Span Growth & Development3
PSYC 2315Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC 3311Behavior Analysis and Behavior Management3
SOCW 4311Child Welfare3
SOCI 4314Medical and Health Care Policy3
SOCW 4315Social Work Values and Ethics3
TECA 1318Wellness of the Young Child3
General Elective 3
Total Hours45
Early Childhood Education
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speaking
CHFS 3305Management 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
CHFS 4317Environments in Early Childhood3
CHFS 4320Early Intervention Services3
COMM 3304Interpersonal Communication3
KINE 3380Adapted Physical Activity3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
SOCW 2361Introduction to Social Work3
SOCW 4315Social Work Values and Ethics3
TECA 1303Familes, School, & Community3
TECA 1318Wellness of the Young Child3
Elective3
Total Hours45
Family Life Education
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speaking
CHFS 3310Methodology of Family Life Education3
CHFS 3316Human Intimacy3
CHFS 3333Family Financial Management3
CHFS 3353Child and Youth Guidance3
CHFS 4320Early Intervention Services3
COMM 3304Interpersonal Communication3
HECO 1322Nutrition and Diet Therapy3
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
PSYC 2314Life Span Growth & Development3
PSYC 2315Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
PSYC 3307The Human Lifespan3
SOCI 1301 [shared] Introductory Sociology
SOCW 4311Child Welfare3
TECA 1303Familes, School, & Community3
Sociology Elective3
Total Hours45

Minor in Child Development and Family Studies 

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
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

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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 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. All CHFS majors must earn a grade of C or better in the course. 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. Topics covered include planning, operating, supervising and evaluation of practices within early learning programs based on child care licensing minimum standard regulations and expectations. 8 field experience hours required.

CHFS 3306. Application of Management of a Licensed Child Care Program. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Principles of management of licensed child care programs are analyzed and applied based on child care licensing minimum standard regulations and expectations. Topics covered include personnel management, training requirements, professionalism, advocacy, legal and ethical issues within the early learning field. 8 field experience hours required.

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. Direct observation and practice in approved off-campus settings is required. Prerequisites: CHFS 3300.

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

This course examines positive guidance strategies for children from birth to eight years. Students will explore theoretical foundations related to child development and the implementation of various models to foster self-control, organize environments and curriculum for pro-social skills, methods for addressing persistent and challenging behaviors. Emphasis will be on behavior management and on guidance strategies for preschool and early elementary children. The course will also explore a wide variety of issues in relation to parenting, child-rearing practices, and child-family relations. Direct observation and practice in approved off-campus settings is required. 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. Direct observation and practice in approved off-campus settings is required 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.

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

This course will offer a broad perspective and exploration of early childhood environments, emphasizing the relationships between the children’s learning, adult engagement, and the environment. Students will expand their current views and ideas about children’s education by investigating and discussing indoor/outdoor spaces; encountering when and how the environment acts as a teacher; building a curriculum; creating a sense of belonging; and discovering how to pay close attention to details in the environment. Topics will also include including children with special needs and working with children in a variety of environments including medical settings. Eight hours of field experience required. Prerequisite: pre-requisite or concurrent enrollment of CHFS 3300.

CHFS 4320. Early Intervention Services. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course covers the systems of services available in various states around the country that assists infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. Students will learn what constitutes a developmental delay, developmental milestones, screening and/or evaluations, Individual Family Service Plans, and the personnel and their roles involved in early intervention services.

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, Junior 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. All CHFS majors must earn a grade of C or better in the course. 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. All CHFS majors must earn a grade of C or better in the course.

Texas Early Childhood Education Courses

TECA 1303. Familes, School, & Community. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 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. Course content must be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards and coincide with the National Association for the Education of Young Children position statement related to developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth through age eight. Requires students to participate in field experiences with children from infancy through age 12 in a variety of settings with varied and diverse populations. The course includes a minimum of 16 hours of field experiences.

TECA 1311. Educating Young Children. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

An introduction to the education of the young child, including developmentally appropriate practices and programs, theoretical and historical perspectives, ethical and professional responsibilities, and current issues. Course content must be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards and coincide with the National Association for the Education of Young Children position statement related to developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth through age eight. Requires students to participate in field experiences with children from infancy through age 12 in a variety of settings with varied and diverse populations; and the course includes a minimum of 16 hours of field experiences.

TECA 1318. Wellness of the Young Child. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

A study of the factors that impact the well-being of the young child including healthy behavior, food, nutrition, fitness, and safety practices. Focuses on local and national standards and legal implications of relevant policies and regulations. Course content must be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards and coincide with the National Association for the Education of Young Children position statement related to developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth to age eight. Requires students to participate in field experiences with children from infancy through age 12 in a variety of settings with varied and diverse populations. Course includes a minimum of 16 hours of field experiences.

TECA 1354. Child Growth and Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

(TCCNS = TECA 1354) 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.

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E.J. Howell Building, Room 320
Box T-0290
Stephenville, Texas 76402
2549689097

Associate professors

  • Dr. Deborah Banker
  • Dr. Kristina Higgins

Assistant professor

  • Dr. Lisa Taylor-Cook