Family and Child Studies Major, Families, Children and School Settings Concentration (B.A.) - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

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The Bachelor of Arts degree in Family and Child Studies prepares students for careers working with youth and families in various settings. A major in Family and Child Studies may be for you if you answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Are you curious about the way children and adults grow and develop?
  • Have you wondered about how environmental and social factors affect physical, cognitive, and emotional development?
  • Are you interested in learning more about specific stages of human development such as infancy, childhood, adolescence, and aging?
  • Would you like to work with hospitalized children to help reduce the stress of medical treatment on them and their families?
  • Have you ever thought about a career in family counseling, working with youth in various settings, working with older adults, or teaching at the preschool or elementary grades level?
Graduates from the program work in a variety of human service settings. These include family and community services; youth service organizations; health care settings; juvenile and adult corrections; family courts system; long term care facilities; and early childhood, elementary, and parent education programs. This degree also provides students with the educational background they need to pursue graduate study in a variety of areas.

The Families, Children and School Settings concentration prepares students to work in a variety of educational settings. It allows students to pursue certification for teaching in schools at the P-3 or K-5 level.


FAMILIES,CHILDREN & SCHOOL SETTINGS CONC

Complete 69 semester hours including the following 4 requirement(s):

  1. FAMILY AND CHILD STUDIES CORE

    Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. Complete the following 5 courses:

      FCST 200 Introduction to Family Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
      FCST 304 Research Methods for Studying Families and Children (3 hours lecture) 3
      FCST 348 Individual and Family Development Over the Life Span 3
      FCST 418 Working with Diverse Families and Children (3 hours lecture) 3
      FCST 445 Poverty and Families (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Complete 1 course from the following:

      FCST 315 Field Experiences in Family and Child Services (3 hours lecture) 3
      FCST 316 Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. DEVELOPMENTAL CORE

    Complete the following 3 courses:

    FCST 214 Child Development I (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 314 Child Development II: Adolescence (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
  3. MAJOR ELECTIVES

    Complete 9 semester hours of any course beginning with FCST.

    FCST 100 Professional Orientation (2 hours lecture) 2
    FCST 140 Family in Society (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 141 Interpersonal Relations (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 201 Social Gerontology: The Study of Aging (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 205 Women in Contemporary Society (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 210 Introduction to Child Life (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 215 Infant Development (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 216 Techniques for the Study of Child Personality (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 217 Family Stress and Coping (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 225 Exploring Family Diversity (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 230 Dynamics of One-To-One Communication (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 231 The Family in the Economic System (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 240 Volunteer in the Community (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 241 Group Dynamics (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 270 Individual and Professional Development in Family and Child Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 275 Comparative Studies of Global Families (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 300 Field Trip Experiences in Family and Child Studies 1
    FCST 305 Death and Bereavement in the Family (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 308 Independent Study 1-3
    FCST 310 Teaching Daily Living Skills to Special Needs Populations (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 313 Organization and Management of Child Care Centers (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 317 Fieldwork Experience in Family and Child Studies: The Hospitalized Child (3 hours field experience) 3
    FCST 318 Gender Development Across the Life Course (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 320 Parenting Skills and Resources (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 322 Play Techniques in Working with Children (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 325 Adult Development and Aging (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 328 Peer Counseling 3
    FCST 329 Theories and Techniques of Group Processes 3
    FCST 331 Money Management (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 332 Action Approaches to Personal Awareness 3
    FCST 340 Aging and Social Policy (3.0 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 342 Family Sociology (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 344 Challenge of Aging (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 345 Gender in a Changing World (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 350 Immigrant Families (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 360 Families in Later Life (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 370 Individual and Family Problem-Solving (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 400 Senior Seminar (3 hours seminar) 3
    FCST 401 Advanced Research Methods in Family and Child Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 408 Workshop in Family and Child Studies 1-3
    FCST 409 Internship 6-12
    FCST 411 Sibling Relationships (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 415 Child in the Community (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 419 Special Studies in Family and Child Services (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 430 Evidence-Based Family Policy and Analysis (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 448 Family Counseling (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 470 Family Management (3 hours lecture) 3
  4. ADDITIONAL COURSEWORK

    Complete 33 semester hours from the following with advisement:

    ECEL 200 Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy (2 hours lecture, 1 hour other) 3
    ECEL 209 Promoting Infant Toddler Social Emotional Well-being in Educational Settings (3 hours lecture) 3
    ECEL 210 Supervised Field Work in Infant and Toddler Educational Settings (1.5 hours lecture and 1.5 hours field experience and practicum) 3
    ECEL 216 Arts and Creative Expression in Early Childhood (3 hours lecture) 3
    ECEL 219 Language and Literature for Young Children (3 hours lecture) 3
    ECEL 279 Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education (3 hours lecture) 3
    ECEL 365 Independent Study in Early Childhood and Elementary Education 1-3
    ECEL 375 Selected Topics in Early Childhood and Elementary Education (1 hour lecture) 1-3
    ECEL 408 Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms (3 hours lecture) 3
    ECEL 410 Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Elementary and Early Childhood Classrooms 1-3
    ECEL 411 Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms 2
    ECEL 412 Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms (1 hour seminar) 1
    ECEL 413 Seminar I: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms (1 hour seminar) 1
    ECEL 414 Clinical Experience II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms 8
    ECEL 415 Clinical Experience II: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms 8
    ECEL 417 Problem Solving in Science, Math, and Technology in Early Childhood Classrooms (3 hours lecture) 3
    ECEL 418 Social and Cultural Context of Families and Communities (3 hours lecture) 3
    ECEL 419 Seminar II: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms (1 hour seminar) 1
    ECEL 420 Building Programs and Community in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms (2 hours lecture, 1 hour other) 3
    ECEL 421 Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms (1 hour seminar) 1
    ECEL 422 Integrating Elementary Curriculum and Assessment for Equity and Diversity (3 hours lecture) 3
    ECEL 424 In-Service Supervised Student Teaching 8
    ECEL 427 Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms (3 hours lecture) 3
    ECEL 435 Content Integration and Assessment in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms (2 hours lecture, 1 hour other) 3
    EDFD 176 The Italian American Experience: On the Margins or in the Mainstream? (3 hours lecture) 3
    EDFD 200 Psychological Foundations of Education (3 hours lecture) 3
    EDFD 210 Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling (3 hours lecture) 3
    EDFD 220 Philosophical Orientation to Education (3 hours lecture) 3
    EDFD 221 Historical Foundations of American Education (3 hours lecture) 3
    EDFD 264 Gender Issues in Education (3 hours lecture) 3
    EDFD 305 Teaching for Equity & Diversity (3 hours lecture) 3
    EDFD 312 Educating English Language Learners (1 hour lecture) 1
    EDFD 441 Urban Politics and Education (3 hours lecture) 3
    EDFD 449 Current Issues in American Education (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 100 Professional Orientation (2 hours lecture) 2
    FCST 140 Family in Society (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 141 Interpersonal Relations (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 201 Social Gerontology: The Study of Aging (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 205 Women in Contemporary Society (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 210 Introduction to Child Life (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 215 Infant Development (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 216 Techniques for the Study of Child Personality (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 217 Family Stress and Coping (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 225 Exploring Family Diversity (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 230 Dynamics of One-To-One Communication (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 231 The Family in the Economic System (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 240 Volunteer in the Community (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 241 Group Dynamics (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 270 Individual and Professional Development in Family and Child Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 275 Comparative Studies of Global Families (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 300 Field Trip Experiences in Family and Child Studies 1
    FCST 305 Death and Bereavement in the Family (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 308 Independent Study 1-3
    FCST 310 Teaching Daily Living Skills to Special Needs Populations (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 313 Organization and Management of Child Care Centers (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 315 Field Experiences in Family and Child Services (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 316 Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 317 Fieldwork Experience in Family and Child Studies: The Hospitalized Child (3 hours field experience) 3
    FCST 318 Gender Development Across the Life Course (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 320 Parenting Skills and Resources (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 322 Play Techniques in Working with Children (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 325 Adult Development and Aging (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 328 Peer Counseling 3
    FCST 329 Theories and Techniques of Group Processes 3
    FCST 331 Money Management (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 332 Action Approaches to Personal Awareness 3
    FCST 340 Aging and Social Policy (3.0 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 342 Family Sociology (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 344 Challenge of Aging (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 345 Gender in a Changing World (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 350 Immigrant Families (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 360 Families in Later Life (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 370 Individual and Family Problem-Solving (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 400 Senior Seminar (3 hours seminar) 3
    FCST 401 Advanced Research Methods in Family and Child Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 408 Workshop in Family and Child Studies 1-3
    FCST 409 Internship 6-12
    FCST 411 Sibling Relationships (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 415 Child in the Community (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 419 Special Studies in Family and Child Services (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 430 Evidence-Based Family Policy and Analysis (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 448 Family Counseling (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 470 Family Management (3 hours lecture) 3
    READ 100 College Learning and Thinking Skills (3 hours lecture) 3
    READ 209 Children's Literature for a Multicultural Society 3
    READ 210 Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling (3 hours lecture) 3
    READ 305 Teaching for Equity & Diversity (3 hour lecture) 3
    READ 312 Educating English Language Learners (1 hour lecture) 1
    READ 399 Early Literacy Development and Instruction (3 hours lecture) 3
    READ 408 Literacy in the Elementary Grades (3 hours lecture) 3
    READ 411 Language & Literacy (3 hours lecture) 3
    SPED 279 Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education (3 hours lecture) 3
    SPED 367 Language-Based Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms (3 hour lecture) 3
    SPED 468 Content Area Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms (3 hours lecture) 3
    SPED 469 Inclusive Methods for Middle and Secondary Schools (3 hours lecture) 3
    SPED 488 Promoting Prosocial Behaviors in Inclusive Settings (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

ECEL200: Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy (2 hours lecture, 1 hour other)

This course examines the education of children during their early and elementary school years from historical, political, social, and cultural perspectives. Students critically analyze issues influencing our current public education system to determine their impact on schools, teachers, children families, and society. They examine how our education systems reflect and respond to the changing needs, knowledge, and dispositions of our democratic society. Closed to Freshmen. 25 hours of field experience required. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100 or equivalent writing course from an accredited college/university. Not open to freshmen.

ECEL209: Promoting Infant Toddler Social Emotional Well-being in Educational Settings (3 hours lecture)

The course is designed to foster an understanding of child development, early care and education of young children birth to age three. Students explore infant and toddler mental health and examine the impact of early experiences and relationships on young children's development and learning. They examine the caregiver's role in implementing developmentally appropriate practices and providing a safe, healthy, and stimulating environment for the development of infants and toddlers. Students also develop observation and assessment skills as well as strategies to create a responsive curriculum for diverse infants and toddlers and their families. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 214 or equivalent.

ECEL210: Supervised Field Work in Infant and Toddler Educational Settings (1.5 hours lecture and 1.5 hours field experience and practicum)

This course is designed to provide students with an intensive practicum experience with infants and toddlers in a child care setting. This experience reinforces the students' understanding of the developmental needs of young children and the importance of providing developmentally appropriate practice and environments. Students deepen their understanding of how families, culture, and prior experiences influence development and learning and develop skills to create parent-school partnership. All students will attend the weekly seminar. Critical evaluation of student field experiences by both students and teacher serves as a forum for discussion. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ECEL 209.

ECEL216: Arts and Creative Expression in Early Childhood (3 hours lecture)

This course introduces students to the process, skills, and inquiry of the arts through an integrated curriculum approach. The course focuses on the visual and performing arts as related to literature, technology, and children's lives. Students develop a critical perspective on the arts as related to creativity, literacy strategies, culturally responsive teaching and learning, and the role of the arts in a democratic society. 3 sh.

ECEL219: Language and Literature for Young Children (3 hours lecture)

The qualities of children's expression through language, books, stories and poems; criteria for evaluating material for early childhood programs. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Not open to freshmen.

ECEL279: Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education (3 hours lecture)

This course provides an overview of the historical and ideological trends that impact the education of children in inclusive settings. Students explore the historical, political and legal foundations of inclusive education; principles of inclusive planning, consultation, and collaboration; resources and services for effective inclusion and inclusive transition programs; characteristics of high and low-incidence disabilities; and implications for students with and without disabilities. This course includes a field experience in which students engage in reflective observation of inclusive classrooms. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

ECEL365: Independent Study in Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Provides students with opportunities to investigate topics not offered in the prescribed program. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6 credits. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental permission.

ECEL375: Selected Topics in Early Childhood and Elementary Education (1 hour lecture)

Provides students with opportunities to investigate topics not offered in the prescribed program. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6 credits. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental permission.

ECEL408: Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students consider the knowledge, skills, and perspectives necessary to help learners become active and informed citizens able to think critically about local, national, and global contexts in the 21st Century. Students are introduced to the four strands that frame social studies in New Jersey-(A) Civics, Government, and Human Rights; (B) Geography, People, and the Environment; (C) Economics, Innovation, and Technology; and (D) History, Culture, and Perspectives. Independently and in groups, students enter real and virtual spaces to plan, implement, and evaluate teaching and learning that draws upon technology. Students experiment with technology and the arts-dance, theater, music, and the visual arts-in their discovery of methods that position learners to understand the myths and truths of the past and present with the capacity to imagine future realities. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program.

ECEL410: Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Elementary and Early Childhood Classrooms

This course introduces students to the dynamics of inclusive elementary and early childhood classrooms, schools, and communities. Through required fieldwork in elementary and early childhood settings, observations, interviews, and data collection, students discuss the role of the teacher(s), documentation and assessment techniques, variables of the classroom environment, school climate, and the wider community. Students implement lesson plans and use a range of observation and documentation strategies including running records, environmental rating scales, anecdotal records, checklists, rating scales, and examination of children's work. Students learn to link community resources to school and classroom needs, collect data to inform instructional practice and culturally responsive teaching and learning, and evaluate the progress and needs of children in inclusive elementary and early childhood settings. Fieldwork is required. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ECEL 200 and READ 399.

ECEL411: Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms

This course introduces students to the dynamics of inclusive early childhood classrooms, schools, and communities. Through required fieldwork in early childhood settings, observation, interviews, and data collection, students discuss the role of the teacher(s), documentation and assessment techniques, variables of the classroom environment, school climate, and the wider community. Students implement lesson plans and use a range of observation and documentation strategies including running records, environmental rating scales, anecdotal records, checklists, rating scales, and examination of children's work. Students learn to link community resources to school and classroom needs, collect data to inform instructional practice and culturally responsive teaching and learning, and evaluate the progress and needs of children in inclusive early childhood and elementary settings. Fieldwork is required. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: ECEL 200 and ECEL 420.

ECEL412: Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms (1 hour seminar)

Accompanies ECEL 410, Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms, and offers students a forum for discussion, reflection, and critical thinking with regard to clinical work in inclusive elementary classrooms. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: ECEL 200.

ECEL413: Seminar I: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms (1 hour seminar)

Accompanies Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms and offers students a forum for discussion, reflection, and critical thinking with regard to clinical work in classrooms. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: ECEL 200.

ECEL414: Clinical Experience II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms

Students demonstrate their knowledge of child and early adolescent development and the significant role of families and communities with regard to children's learning by planning and implementing developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive curriculum in an inclusive elementary classroom. Focusing on the diverse needs of individual children, students develop, implement, and assess an integrated curriculum unit that incorporates the Core Curriculum Content Standards and emphasizes literacy across the curriculum. As reflective practitioners, students utilize multiple strategies to assess children's learning, classroom climate, and effective classroom management. Students are responsible for the full range of teacher activities in the classroom and are expected to seek out parents, administrators, and school colleagues as resources. Students are required to assemble an exhibition portfolio and participate in a mock interview in order to demonstrate their strengths as a teacher. 8 sh.

Prerequisites: ECEL 410.

ECEL415: Clinical Experience II: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms

Students demonstrate their knowledge of child development and the significant role of families and communities with regard to children's learning by planning and implementing developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive curriculum in an inclusive early childhood classroom. Focusing on the diverse needs of individual children, students develop, implement, and assess an integrated curriculum unit that incorporates the Core Curriculum Content Standards and emphasizes literacy across the curriculum. As reflective practitioners, students utilize multiple strategies to assess children's learning, classroom climate, and effective classroom management. Students are responsible for the full range of teacher activities in the classroom and are expected to seek out parents, administrators, and school colleagues as resources. Students are required to assemble an exhibition portfolio and participate in a mock interview in order to demonstrate their strengths as a teacher. Fieldwork is required. 8 sh.

Prerequisites: ECEL 411.

ECEL417: Problem Solving in Science, Math, and Technology in Early Childhood Classrooms (3 hours lecture)

This course provided learning experiences for diverse early childhood classrooms through the development, implementation, and assessment of integrated math/science/technology curriculum. Students design and carry out problem-solving activities (e.g., Children's Engineering) and develop interdisciplinary learning experiences for the early childhood classroom. Students gain experience analyzing the classroom environment and materials with regard to the needs of young learners through culturally responsive practices. They engage in learning experiences that apply appropriate content requirements as identified by the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, the New Jersey Early Childhood Expectations, and professional organizations (NCTM, NSTA, ITEA). 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program.

ECEL418: Social and Cultural Context of Families and Communities (3 hours lecture)

This course provides students with an understanding of how social, cultural, economic, and environmental influences shape children's development and learning. Students explore the relationships and role expectations among teacher, family, child, and community as they affect learning. They also examine methods for developing school/family partnerships and how to use community resources to support families. Students learn to take into account issues of child diversity as they create learning experiences. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing.

ECEL419: Seminar II: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms (1 hour seminar)

Provides students with a forum to discuss the role of the teacher as teacher candidates take on full-time classroom responsibilities. Discussions focus on identifying and involving oneself in the professional field of early care and education, upholding and advocating for ethical standards, engaging in continuous and collaborative learning, and taking a critical stance to inform practice. Teacher candidates demonstrate that they can make and justify decisions based on their knowledge of central issues such as developmentally appropriate practice, culturally responsive learning and teaching, and the context of children's lives. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: ECEL 200.

ECEL420: Building Programs and Community in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms (2 hours lecture, 1 hour other)

Students develop skills needed for the P-3 classroom teacher with an emphasis on addressing the diversity of needs through the application of Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligence theory. Students apply developmentally appropriate practices; including play in classroom settings. They learn classroom environment and management strategies that support the development of classroom community. They explore the roles of family and community in child learning and linkages between families and schools. Students integrate the Core Curriculum Content Standards and both standardized and authentic assessment strategies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program.

ECEL421: Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms (1 hour seminar)

Provides students with a forum to discuss the role of the teacher as teacher candidates take on full-time classroom responsibilities. Discussions focus on identifying and involving oneself in the professional field of elementary and middle school education, upholding and advocating for ethical standards, engaging in continuous and collaborative learning, and taking a critical stance to inform practice. Teacher candidates demonstrate that they can make and justify decisions based on their knowledge of central issues such as developmentally appropriate practice, culturally responsive learning and teaching, and the context of children's lives. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: ECEL 412 or ECEL 413.

ECEL422: Integrating Elementary Curriculum and Assessment for Equity and Diversity (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students engage in reflective curriculum planning. They develop an integrated unit that incorporates state standards, differentiated instructional strategies, and appropriate adaptations for students with diverse learning styles and interests, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners. Students investigate and discuss issues related to their teaching and learning experiences focusing on inclusion practices, assessment, classroom management, and culturally responsive teaching. Students critically reflect on their teaching beliefs and explore teacher professionalism in the field of elementary education. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program.

ECEL424: In-Service Supervised Student Teaching

Replaces student teaching for students who are employed as full-time teachers with primary responsibility for a classroom. Students are supervised by university faculty during one semester. Students must obtain permission of the school district and department and complete a COP application. Specific qualifications are required. 8 sh.

Prerequisites: ECEL 200.

ECEL427: Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms (3 hours lecture)

Explores the nature of elementary science and math instruction, how to incorporate these disciplines in inclusive upper elementary/middle school classrooms . Hands-on/minds-on science and math activities and effective management techniques that engage children in the wonder and critical study of life, earth, physical (human-made), and space sciences will be examined. Stategies to adapt science and math learning to individual learners will be emphasized. Students will gain confidence and skills in the unifying concepts of science: systems, order, and organization; evidence, models and explanation; change, constancy, and measurement; evolution and equilibrium; and form and function. Mathematical concepts such as geometric thinking and spatial sense, chance and data analysis, number systems and number sense, patterns and algebraic thinking, and problem solving will also be explored. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ECEL 200 and admission to Teacher Education Program.

ECEL435: Content Integration and Assessment in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms (2 hours lecture, 1 hour other)

In this course, students engage in reflective curriculum planning. Students articulate and discuss developmentally appropriate practice and develop an integrated unit that incorporates state standards, differentiated instructional strategies, and appropriate adaptations for students with diverse learning styles and interests, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners. Students examine issues related to their teaching and learning experiences focusing on inclusion practices, authentic assessment, classroom management, and culturally responsive teaching. Students critically reflect on their teaching beliefs and explore teacher professionalism in inclusive early childhood classrooms. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ECEL 420.

EDFD176: The Italian American Experience: On the Margins or in the Mainstream? (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to Italian American Studies offering an overview of the Italian experience in the United States from the first great waves of immigration to today. Focus will be on the politics of representation of Italian American identity in works from a wide textual base: literature and journalism, cinema, the figurative arts, music, television, advertising, etc. Themes to be investigated include the trauma of separation, relationships with the dominant culture and other ethnic communities, and the formulation of ethnic identity in a U.S. context. A major component of this course will be oral history research in the local community. Taught in English. Cross listed with Classics, GNHU 176; Spanish and Italian, ITAL 275. 3 sh.

EDFD200: Psychological Foundations of Education (3 hours lecture)

The psychological foundations of education enable students to understand and apply essential topics in teaching and learning including development, motivation, diversity and assessment. Through relating theoretical frameworks to empirical research and applying them to classroom settings, students will be better able to understand their own experience as learners and conceptualize their future practice as teachers. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

EDFD210: Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the public purposes of education in our social and political democracy. Students inquire into the role of schools in fostering the development of democratic principles and practices and examine various curriculum designs and pedagogical strategies. Students also explore the main issues stemming from the efforts to teach democratically in public educational institutions. Students complete 30 hours of fieldwork in an assigned high-performing urban school, which provides a context for these explorations. They examine and analyze successful practices of instruction and classroom management. Attendance at the first class is required to verify field expectations. This course is pre-requisite for admission into the teacher education program. Cross-listed with SASE 210 and READ 210. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Sophomore level or higher and ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

EDFD220: Philosophical Orientation to Education (3 hours lecture)

Western philosophical heritage as related to the issues and responsibilities of American education. Comparative analysis of past and current ideological movements that influence moral, social, and educational decisions of parents, political leaders, and professional educators. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Humanities, Philosophy or Religion. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

EDFD221: Historical Foundations of American Education (3 hours lecture)

This course offers students the crucial sequence of ideas that constitute one of the central themes in American society and culture. Since its beginnings, American thinkers have seen education as the key to an informed citizenry. Major themes in American education will be looked at through the reading of primary and secondary sources. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, American or European History. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

EDFD264: Gender Issues in Education (3 hours lecture)

Examines the nature of gender, gender identity, gender roles and gender discrimination, and the influence of these on classrooms, schools and educational policy. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

EDFD305: Teaching for Equity & Diversity (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the qualities of teachers, teaching, and schooling that foster the learning of students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Students explore the ways in which socialization experiences shape perceptions. They reflect on their own beliefs, assumptions, and perceptions about sociocultural identity and how their own socialization has shaped their perceptions of themselves and other people. Students also examine the nature and impact of the increasing social and cultural diversity in K-12 schools in the United States. They learn ways of teaching all children well and to develop positive relationships among teachers, parents and children. Cross-listed with READ 305 and SASE 305. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SASE 210, EDFD 210, or READ 210; and admission to Teacher Education Program.

EDFD312: Educating English Language Learners (1 hour lecture)

This course module exposes students to the central issues in the education of English language learners in US schools and helps them learn about best practices in education through hands-on experience creating and adjusting lessons and instruction to benefit the academic performance of English language learners as well as of all students. Issues addressed include sociocultural, legal, and political influences on the education of English language learners; principles of second language acquisition; and explicit practice in planning academic content instruction for English language learners. Cross listed with READ 312 and SASE 312. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: SASE 210, EDFD 210 or READ 210; and admission to the Teacher Education program.

EDFD441: Urban Politics and Education (3 hours lecture)

The politics of confrontation. The school system as a political institution. Force fields and their influence upon the teacher, school and community. Political orientations and experiences of various ethnic groups. The influence of political pressures on urban schools from city or higher levels. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EDFD 210 and EDFD 221.

EDFD449: Current Issues in American Education (3 hours lecture)

A study of recent initiatives, controversial questions, and current problems which impacted upon the field of education throughout the past decade, as well as an examination of new theories which may change the course of American education in the near future. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EDFD 210 and EDFD 221.

FCST100: Professional Orientation (2 hours lecture)

Orientation to the philosophy of the profession. Field experiences in a variety of settings to provide exposure to the breadth of professional opportunities. 2 sh.

FCST140: Family in Society (3 hours lecture)

Students gain fundamental insight into and understanding of concepts from the social sciences. Students study the history and structure of the family as a basic but changing institution in modern America. 3 sh.

FCST141: Interpersonal Relations (3 hours lecture)

Students learn about relevant and up-to-date information about meaningful human relationships throughout the life cycle. 3 sh.

FCST200: Introduction to Family Studies (3 hours lecture)

Students examine families from historical, socio-cultural and theoretical perspectives, with a focus on the changes in American families over time and the implications of those changes for contemporary and future families. Students also examine issues that impact family development, structure and functions. Those issues include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, class, ablelism, age, gender and sexual orientation. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Family and Child Studies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100 OR PSYC 101. May be taken concurrently.

FCST201: Social Gerontology: The Study of Aging (3 hours lecture)

In this course students examine issues related to aging in America from an individual and family perspective. They gain an understanding of biological, physiological, and cognitive changes related to aging and their impact upon families and daily life. Students also develop knowledge of the field of gerontology, utilizing a variety of perspectives including biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging and how personal values, attitudes, beliefs, race, ethnicity, and rituals affect the aging experience. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

FCST205: Women in Contemporary Society (3 hours lecture)

Through this course students gain an understanding of how historical developments and social forces have shaped the status of women in America. Students engage in discussion about current concerns and role options available to today's women. Special attention is given to the construction of womanhood and the intersections of gender with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

FCST210: Introduction to Child Life (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the profession of Child Life. Through this course students gain knowledge about the unique role of the Child Life Specialist in working with infants, children, adolescents and their families in the hospital and other health care settings. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 214.

FCST214: Child Development I (3 hours lecture)

This course takes a developmental approach to the study of young children from conception to age 10. For each developmental stage, students explore physical, socio-emotional, cognitive, and language domains. Developmental theories are woven into each part of the course and an emphasis is placed upon observational and research methodologies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

FCST215: Infant Development (3 hours lecture)

Students in this class explore the infant as a developing individual within the family. Theory and research in the area of human infancy are applied throughout the course. Students gain knowledge about the physical, cognitive and emotional growth of infants from pre-natal through the first two years of life. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 and field experience required.

FCST216: Techniques for the Study of Child Personality (3 hours lecture)

Students practice observing and recording children's activities in order to develop skills needed to become more aware teachers. Students leave this class with skills and tools that enhance their understanding of the needs, motivations, competencies, and values of young children. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 214.

FCST217: Family Stress and Coping (3 hours lecture)

Families experience different types and levels of stress that could impact their daily functioning. Students will learn theories and conceptual frameworks of family stress in order to enhance their understanding of family stressors (e.g., positive and negative life transitions, economic stress, traumatic experiences, physical and mental illnesses, relationship problems within the family, violence, and substance abuse) and their effects on family life. Students will also examine theories and practice applications associated with healthy coping and crisis prevention. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

FCST225: Exploring Family Diversity (3 hours lecture)

Through this course students examine diversity in families with respect to designations such as race, ethnicity, religion, social class and sexual orientation. Students study diverse family formation, family roles, values and traditions, as well as the ways in which diverse families have impacted and been impacted by the United States culture and policy. Previous course FCST 440 effective through Spring 2011. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100 or PSYC 101.

FCST230: Dynamics of One-To-One Communication (3 hours lecture)

Through this course students examine the dynamics of one-to-one communication through readings and experientially through the development of personal goals for optimizing personal communication. Students also establish strategies for the attainment of these goals. Previous course FCST 330 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 141.

FCST231: The Family in the Economic System (3 hours lecture)

Students learn about the family as an economic unit in society. They explore the behavior of various sub-cultures, age groups, and family patterns and the impact these various attributes have upon families. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200.

FCST240: Volunteer in the Community (3 hours lecture)

Students participate in a volunteer experience with a community agency. Through the course and volunteer experience, students explore socio-economic, civic, and educational problems facing individuals and families. Previous course FCST 301 effective through Fall 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200. Fieldwork required. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST241: Group Dynamics (3 hours lecture)

This course presents an overview of the theory and practice of group dynamics, to prepare students to facilitate group processes to advance group- and individual-level objectives. This course examines developmental, ecological, and systems theories in terms of their implications for how individuals interact with and influence each other in group settings. This course reviews practical approaches and develops tools for working effectively with groups in a variety of family and/or child settings, both as a group member and as a group facilitator. Distinct approaches to group processes that are appropriate for specific developmental stages are emphasized (e.g., differences between group work with children, adolescents, and adults). 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 141.

FCST270: Individual and Professional Development in Family and Child Studies (3 hours lecture)

Students will have the opportunity to investigate professional and personal development strategies and apply them to their lives. Students will also explore influences on and blocks to their self management, including problem solving, professional planning, and decision making. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GNED 100, GNED 199 and departmental approval.

FCST275: Comparative Studies of Global Families (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students learn about similarities and differences among families in different cultures and countries by gathering, reviewing, and discussing various types of data and information. They engage in analytic and self-reflective review of dynamic family issues and practices in regard to mate selection and marriage; parenting; and aging and death. Their comparative, international research on families enhances their understanding of their own families' multicultural heritages and respect for families from different cultures, countries, and contexts. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105, PSYC 101 or HONP 101.

FCST300: Field Trip Experiences in Family and Child Studies

Students engage in the study of policies, problems and contributions of community organizations and agencies which relate to families and children. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200.

FCST304: Research Methods for Studying Families and Children (3 hours lecture)

Through this introductory course students develop critical reading and analyzing skills regarding current research in the field of family and child studies. Students investigate various research approaches and the role of research in society and its relationships to conditions of power and oppression. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Family and Child Studies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200; and Family and Child Studies (FCST) majors only.

FCST305: Death and Bereavement in the Family (3 hours lecture)

Students examine human responses to the dying process across the lifespan as well as the social functions of grief and mourning. Students also explore perceptions of death in various social, cultural, and religious contexts as well as substantive and controversial topics related to the end of life. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 or PSYC 101. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST308: Independent Study

Students engage in an independent study in advanced areas in Family and Child Studies not offered in the regular curriculum. Topics vary in response to student interests, faculty expertise, and current issues in the field. May be repeated for a maximum of 6.0 credits as long as the topic is different. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental permission.

FCST310: Teaching Daily Living Skills to Special Needs Populations (3 hours lecture)

Students engage in analysis of daily personal management problems and their application to special needs populations. They also explore community resources, examine and develop materials and teaching strategies appropriate for teaching daily living skills to special needs populations. Previous course FCST 410 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST313: Organization and Management of Child Care Centers (3 hours lecture)

Students gain a basic understanding of principles of supervision and administration applied to developing a sound modern pre-school program. Students also learn about organization and administration of individual classrooms and the total school program as well as the relationships of the school with community services and agencies. Previous course FCST 414 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 214. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST314: Child Development II: Adolescence (3 hours lecture)

In this course students utilize a developmental approach to study adolescents (11-18 years) focusing on physical, cognitive and social development throughout this age period. Students examine the impact of family, peers, race, ethnicity, socio-cultural, and environmental influences on adolescents. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 214 and PSYC 101. Out-of-class interviews and/or observations are required.

FCST315: Field Experiences in Family and Child Services (3 hours lecture)

Students participate in a supervised field experience within selected agencies offering services for families and for children. Within the scope of this experience, students explore their own interest in the field of family and child services through a direct field experience and are exposed to the common professional roles and occupations. Students are expected to volunteer in a faculty-approved setting for 35 hours minimum during the semester. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 and PSYC 101. Thirty-five hours of field work required. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST316: Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children (3 hours lecture)

Students engage in real-life service experience working on issues identified by the community organizations. By collaborating with community partners, students gain an understanding of civic engagement, diverse families, advocacy, program development, and the importance of reflection throughout the service experience. Students are required to provide three hours of weekly service with a community partner organization that works with families and/or children. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 and PSYC 101. Thirty-five hours of field work required. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST317: Fieldwork Experience in Family and Child Studies: The Hospitalized Child (3 hours field experience)

This course is geared toward guiding and supporting prospective Child Life interns in their initial exposure to children, families, and staff in a pediatric hospital setting. Class meetings will be structured in a format that encourages class discussion and students will be expected to share experiences with the instructor and fellow peers. Students will have a planned supervised experience for a minimum of 35 hours of field work in a pediatric setting approved by the instructor. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 210. Experience for a minimum of 35 hours of field work in a pediatric setting approved by the instructor. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST318: Gender Development Across the Life Course (3 hours lecture)

Students will explore various topics regarding gender development across the life course. For example, topics will include gender roles and attitudes, interaction of nature and nurture as well as limitations and expectations that our gender roles and attitudes place on us. The course will be delivered using a mix of topical and chronological approaches. Students will investigate classic and emerging research on gender development. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 214.

FCST320: Parenting Skills and Resources (3 hours lecture)

Students have the opportunity to develop effective parenting skills and knowledge about human development needed for the application of these skills They also examine the impact of local, state, and national parenting resources on both parent and non-parents. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 214 and PSYC 101. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST322: Play Techniques in Working with Children (3 hours lecture)

This hands-on course is designed to introduce students to the role and application of play in working with children in the fields of family services, social work, therapeutic recreation, education, and other related fields. Students examine the historical and cultural dimensions of play and explore major theories of play. Through lecture and experiential activities, students learn various play techniques used by practitioners, such as role-playing, expressive play, and storytelling. Students enhance their knowledge of the role of play in the treatment of children coping with short- and long-term family and life stressors, such as disabilities, illness, hospitalization, separation, divorce, trauma, and loss. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 214. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST325: Adult Development and Aging (3 hours lecture)

In this course students critically examine topics related to change and continuity in the psychological, emotional, and biological ways that adults develop in mid-life and later adulthood. Students analyze issues of mental health, stress and coping, personality development, changes in memory, learning, and cognitive functioning, as well as intelligence, creativity, and psychopathology in later life. They compare models of development throughout adulthood and consider cultural, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic variables that influence growth. Finally, students consider current research and contemporary issues as they pertain to adult development. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 or matriculation in the Gerontology minor and departmental approval.

FCST328: Peer Counseling

This course provides the student with actual peer counseling experience. This experience takes the forms of one-to-one and group counseling. The student will experience the counseling process both as a counselor and as a client. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST329: Theories and Techniques of Group Processes

Students develop understanding of how we function in groups of all sizes, with diverse populations and with various purposes throughout life. Students gain an understanding of the underlying dynamics of groups and receive the opportunity to relate the theories of group development to the actual group process. Students explore theories and techniques useful in the positive development of entelchy groups. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 241.

FCST331: Money Management (3 hours lecture)

Students explore the role and meaning of money in individual and family living and understanding income as a means of acquiring a style of life. They also examine the effective control of income, spending, savings, credit, and how to manage resources for future needs. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST332: Action Approaches to Personal Awareness

Students work towards developing awareness and skills needed to maximize individual growth in human interaction. Through the use of psychodrama and other action-oriented techniques, students have the opportunity to experience, critically evaluate and develop strategies for working through communication barriers to a more effective interaction for their personal benefit and the benefit of others. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

FCST340: Aging and Social Policy (3.0 hours lecture)

Recognizing the importance of public policy as it pertains to a growing, aging population, this course will introduce students to a range of policy issues at the federal, state, and local levels. The process of policy formation will be reviewed including how political organizations, special-interest groups, and advisory groups influence policy development and implementation. The course will cover the major public programs for older adults in the U.S. that address income security, health and long-term care, and housing needs. In order to recognize the varying effects policy can have on the lives of seniors, older adults from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds will be considered. Because families often struggle with the demands of caregiving and long-term care assistance, an evaluation of national and international public policy initiatives designed to address those needs will be conducted. Finally, students will be encouraged to identify and explore contemporary public policy issues that affect older adults on a regular basis. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200; or matriculation in Gerontolgy minor and departmental approval. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST342: Family Sociology (3 hours lecture)

Students learn to identify and interpret data and research relating to families and examine the interplay between family relations at the micro level and social forces at the macro level. The course will also explore the effect of social and demographic change on American families. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200. Not open to freshmen. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST344: Challenge of Aging (3 hours lecture)

Students examine how changes over the adult life span affect family interaction and resources in various cultural groups within the United States. Students also engage in fieldwork with agencies and elders and learn about the implications of social policy and institutions relative to an increasing aging population. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 201. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST345: Gender in a Changing World (3 hours lecture)

Gender issues that exist in our society and cross-culturally. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST348: Individual and Family Development Over the Life Span

This course provides an overview of family development over the life course in the United States and in other societies. Students explore concepts and theories related to transitions within families over the life course. This course also emphasizes the role of culture and diversity in the development and functioning of families. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST350: Immigrant Families (3 hours lecture)

This course is focused on contemporary immigrant families in the United States. The purpose is to critically examine immigrant family dynamics across generations, using classic and new acculturation theories and in the context of global migration and transnationalism. Students explore multiple topics related to immigrant families (e.g., family adaptation, changes in parent-child relationships, heritage language maintenance and loss, youth's ethnic identity development, education, intergenerational relationships, interactions with social institutions). Students analyze how such factors as ethnicity, gender, class, migration goals, legal status, human capital, country of origin, and areas of settlement shape the experiences of immigrant families. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200.

FCST360: Families in Later Life (3 hours lecture)

Applying the fields of family science and gerontology, students learn about family relationships, roles, and responsibilities in the second half of life. Students engage in discussion about later life families and the sociological and demographic implications of these families. Culturally and ethnically diverse populations are considered as well as issues of social justice. Multiple substantive topics related to aging families are examined (i.e., care giving, grandparenting, marriage and sibling relationships later life, housing, retirement, widowhood, aging parent-adult child relations, etc.). 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 or PSYC 101. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST370: Individual and Family Problem-Solving (3 hours lecture)

Students gain insight to how to deal with daily living through increased competence in decision-making and problem solving in a variety of life styles. Students develop skills for managing individual and family needs, problem solving, setting goals, and playing a leadership role. Students also examine ways in which the planned change process can be used at the individual or family level with a focus on strengths as well as problems. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST400: Senior Seminar (3 hours seminar)

A capstone course which explores the integrative nature of the study of families and children and investigates the roles, conflicts and decision-making perspectives for beginning professionals. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Family and Child Studies major and departmental approval.

FCST401: Advanced Research Methods in Family and Child Studies (3 hours lecture)

Through this advanced class in research methods students have the opportunity to plan and execute individual research thesis and projects, drawing on their earlier research course. Students continue to explore the research process as initiators of research projects, using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Students are encouraged to present their completed research in professional forums. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 304 and departmental approval.

FCST408: Workshop in Family and Child Studies

This selected topics workshop invites students and professors to critically examine, discuss, and analyze current research on issues of concern in the field of Family and Child Studies. Topics are determined prior to course offering and publicized. The course may be repeated five times for a maximum of fifteen semester hours, provided the topic is different. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 and any 300-level FCST course or departmental approval. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST409: Internship

Students have the opportunity to work as an intern in a professional setting in a community organization, agency, or a service organization. The internship experience is the final step in a student's education as a Family and Child Studies (FCST) student at Montclair State University (MSU). The placement experience aims to give students on-the-job training in a setting that provides contact with people in various program related environments. This is an opportunity for students to further enhance career preparation by developing professional competencies in such areas as critical thinking, assessment techniques, problem solving behaviors, decision making processes, utilization of resources, ability to function as part of a diverse work force, and understanding of the general operation, management, and philosophies of social service agencies. Students are expected to undertake a serious professional responsibility and work with diverse client populations to better understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of consumers who utilize social services. 6 - 12 sh.

Prerequisites: Family and Child Studies major and departmental approval.

FCST411: Sibling Relationships (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students study sibling relationships and how they shape human development. They use family systems theory, sibling development principles and other frameworks to examine human behavior. They consider sibling behavior within the context of society, and give attention to the role of social location in the lives of families and children. Areas of sibling behavior explored include rivalry, support, birth order, selection of interests, personality and identity development, and abuse. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 348. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST415: Child in the Community (3 hours lecture)

Students gain knowledge about the attitudes, mores and values of family and neighborhood life as a determinant of the child's adaptation to school. They examine the impact on children of growing up in different types of families and in different types of social settings. They learn about the different types of specialists and agencies in the community. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 214 and FCST 348. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies.

FCST418: Working with Diverse Families and Children (3 hours lecture)

Students study different approaches to working with diverse families and children in human service, community, and educational settings. A particular focus is on skill development for facilitating and leading family conferences in a variety of professional settings. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 315 or FCST 316. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST419: Special Studies in Family and Child Services (3 hours lecture)

Students utilize an ecological lens to critically examine social problems impacting youth and their families in the 21st century. Issues include substance abuse, school violence, gang involvement, teen pregnancy, and HIV/AIDS. Students leave with an understanding of various prevention-related initiatives with proven effectiveness and how they can serve to protect youth and their families. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 348. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST430: Evidence-Based Family Policy and Analysis (3 hours lecture)

Students will use research evidence to examine historical and contemporary family policies from a social justice perspective. Students will use various research and policy analysis strategies to analyze family policies, including future family policy needs. Additionally, students will learn how to use advocacy to support and strengthen family policies to meet the needs of diverse families across the life course. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 and FCST 304 and an additional 6 credits from the FCST core.

FCST445: Poverty and Families (3 hours lecture)

Students examine the impact of economic structures, social conditions, gender, race and ethnicity as they affect the family system as well as various social factors that place families at risk including family structures and community conditions such as poverty, access to resources, and geographic locations. Community contact is a requirement of the course. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Family and Child Studies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 304. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST448: Family Counseling (3 hours lecture)

This introductory counseling-based course focuses on the core concepts fundamental to an understanding of marital and family therapy. Students learn about typical family functioning and atypical family dysfunction as well as strategies employed by practicing family therapists. The course emphasizes a multi-cultural approach to family counseling. Students review current research on family process and treatment. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 141 and FCST 348. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST470: Family Management (3 hours lecture)

Students examine the many factors that influence and are influenced by the ways families use resources to maintain daily life and solve problems. They analyze different situations, considering such factors as the roles played by different family members, the goals of different family members in different situations, decision making, the use of human and nonhuman resources, and other factors influencing household management. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 and FCST 348. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

PSYC101: Introduction to Psychology (3 hours lecture)

This course is an introduction to the study of human behavior and surveys major topics within the diverse discipline of psychology. Topics covered will come from each of four core areas offered by the psychology department: Social/Applied (e.g., Social, Industrial-Organizational, Health), Biological Basis of Behavior (e.g., Physiology, Perception, Motivation/Emotion, Comparative Animal Behavior), Cognition (e.g., Learning and Memory, Conditioning and Learning, Cognition, Language) and Personality (e.g., Personality, Abnormal, Development). Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science for non-psychology majors only. 3 sh.

READ100: College Learning and Thinking Skills (3 hours lecture)

Course is designed to provide freshmen in the Program for Academic and Student Support with a learning environment in which to develop the cognitive and affective strengths needed for college success. The course offers opportunities to become inquisitive, competent, and confident learners. 3 sh.

READ209: Children's Literature for a Multicultural Society

In this course, students examine multicultural children's literature as both aesthetic form and instructional tool. They examine the social, political and educational implications of such literature and its use in classrooms. The course assists students in recognizing the significance of their development as critical readers, writers and thinkers. Additionally, the course enables prospective and in-service teachers to serve their students in a more efficacious manner with an enhanced instructional repertoire. The course concentrates on analysis of literature for young children (i.e., pre-school through third grade). Additionally, students read and analyze literature for advanced readers and books read by adolescents. 3 sh.

READ210: Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the public purposes of education in our social and political democracy. Students inquire into the role of schools in fostering the development of democratic principles and practices and examine various curriculum designs and pedagogical strategies. Students also explore the main issues stemming from the efforts to teach democratically in public educational institutions. Students complete 30 hours of fieldwork in an assigned high-performing urban school, which provides a context for these explorations. They examine and analyze successful practices of instruction and classroom management. Attendance at the first class is required to verify field expectations. This course is pre-requisite for admission into the teacher education program. Cross-listed with SASE 210 and EDFD 210. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Sophomore level or higher and ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

READ305: Teaching for Equity & Diversity (3 hour lecture)

This course examines the qualities of teachers, teaching, and schooling that foster the learning of students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Students explore the ways in which socialization experiences shape perceptions. They reflect on their own beliefs, assumptions, and perceptions about sociocultural identity and how their own socialization has shaped their perceptions of themselves and other people. Students also examine the nature and impact of the increasing social and cultural diversity in K-12 schools in the United States. They learn ways of teaching all children well and to develop positive relationships among teachers, parents and children. Cross listed with EDFD 305 and SASE 305. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SASE 210, READ 210, or EDFD 210; and admission to Teacher Education Program.

READ312: Educating English Language Learners (1 hour lecture)

This course module exposes students to the central issues in the education of English language learners in US schools and helps them learn about best practices in education through hands-on experience creating and adjusting lessons and instruction to benefit the academic performance of English language learners as well as of all students. Issues addressed include sociocultural, legal, and political influences on the education of English language learners; principles of second language acquisition; and explicit practice in planning academic content instruction for English language learners. Cross-listed with SASE 312 and EDFD 312. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: SASE 210, READ 210, or EDFD 210; and admission to the Teacher Education program.

READ399: Early Literacy Development and Instruction (3 hours lecture)

This course introduces future teachers to language and literacy development and instruction in preschool through 3rd grade classrooms. Students learn the components and stages of literacy development from emergent literacy through reading fluency, and examine the cognitive, linguistic, sociocultural and instructional influences on this process. Students carry out an assessment of a child's reading and build a repertoire of culturally responsive teaching practices that address the five essential components of reading instruction identified by the National Reading Panel (2000) (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension). They practice standards-based lesson planning and design instructional adaptations for English Language Learners. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program.

READ408: Literacy in the Elementary Grades (3 hours lecture)

In this course, prospective elementary teachers continue their exploration of key theories and methods for teaching literacy, with an emphasis on the intermediate grades. They focus on reading comprehension, vocabulary development, writing instruction, literacy across the content areas, and the use of technology to develop a breadth of pedagogical knowledge. Particular attention is given to developing expertise in differentiated instructional planning that meets a diverse range of learners, including English Language Learners, students with learning disabilities, struggling readers, and advanced students. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: READ 399.

READ411: Language & Literacy (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed to assist pre-service middle and secondary school teachers across majors in understanding the nature of language and literacy teaching and learning in their content areas. Students review basic components of reading, social and cultural aspects of literacy practice, and the specifics of language and literacy in different disciplines (e.g., distinct vocabulary, particular writing and reading demands). Students learn to develop a repertoire of teaching/learning literacy strategies that enhance comprehension. Students conduct sample assessments and content-area lessons with middle and high school students. Through observation in a content classroom, students learn ways of integrating literacy learning into their lessons as well as ways of organizing and managing the classroom to extend literacy learning. Fieldwork or service-learning experience is required. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SASE 210, READ 210, or EDFD 210; SASE 305, READ 305, or EDFD 305; and admission to Teacher Education Program.

SPED279: Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education (3 hours lecture)

This course provides an overview of the historical and ideological trends that impact the education of children in inclusive settings. Students explore the historical, political, and legal foundations of inclusive education; principles of inclusive planning, consultation, and collaboration; resources and services for effective inclusion and inclusive transition programs; characteristics of high and low-incidence disabilities; and implications for students with and without disabilities. This course includes a field experience in which students engage in reflective observation of inclusive classrooms. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

SPED367: Language-Based Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms (3 hour lecture)

This course focuses on research-based instructional practices for inclusive education. In this course, students explore approaches to reading and writing instruction for students with diverse learning needs and consolidate these into a repertoire of instructional strategies that can be used to meet the needs of students with disabilities at various stages of skill mastery. Procedures addressed in this course are applicable in inclusive as well as more restrictive settings, and address the needs of students from a broad array of cultural, linguistic, and economic backgrounds. Students explore such issues as: special education identification and why large numbers of students fail; the importance of explicit instruction for students with learning problems; lesson planning for multiple learning environments; characteristics of students with mild-to-moderate disabilities in reading, writing, and spelling; components of research-based instruction in reading, written expression,, and spelling; modifications, accommodations, and materials for teaching students with disabilities in inclusive settings; and professional standards, including New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS) and New Jersey Professional Teaching Standards. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPED 279 or ECEL 279.

SPED468: Content Area Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms (3 hours lecture)

SPED 468 is an extension of SPED 367: Inclusive Methods. The course focuses on inclusive strategies for content area instruction, as well as collaborative planning, teaching, and transition services. In this course students learn to develop instructional approaches for diverse learners. They learn specific practices for teaching math, such as focusing on big ideas, providing explicit links between math lessons and skill, and explicitly teaching both computation and problem-solving. For teaching other content areas, they learn about the strategies instruction model (SIM) and peer assisted learning which incorporate varied approaches for teaching students who struggle to read, write, and organize themselves. Students learn a variety of instructional strategies for diverse learners, drawing on various types of information including Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs). They also explore models of collaboration with other education professionals and paraprofessionals, strategies and tools for effective co-teaching, and transition planning. This course includes a fieldwork component in which students engage in reflective observation and tutoring of students with learning difficulties in inclusive classrooms. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPED 367.

SPED469: Inclusive Methods for Middle and Secondary Schools (3 hours lecture)

This course enhances the ability of future educators to provide access to the curriculum for students with disabilities in middle and secondary schools. Educators learn how to apply principles of developmentally appropriate practice and curriculum design to improve the learning of students who exhibit abilities across a wide range. The emphasis is on research-based and practical techniques and strategies that can be utilized in the certification area in an inclusive setting, focusing mainly on the Strategies Intervention Model. Students explore resources for adapting content area curriculum. This course requires a field experience working in schools tutoring students who are experiencing academic or basic skills difficulties. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPED367

SPED488: Promoting Prosocial Behaviors in Inclusive Settings (3 hours lecture)

In this course, future teachers develop knowledge of theory and skills of practice related to the development of appropriate prosocial behaviors for students with disabilities within inclusive classroom settings. This course focuses on social behavior and the developmental and environmental factors that influence its expression. Students learn how to conduct a functional analysis of behavior, promote appropriate behavior, and develop a classroom setting that fosters prosocial behaviors. They explore principles of social/emotional learning, social skills development, data collection processes, schedules of reinforcement, monitoring of progress, social problem solving, and the promotion of a positive behavior plan. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPED279 or ECEL279.