Course Requirements

The course requirements listed below apply to those students admitted on or after Summer 2009. Anyone admitted prior to this term should refer to their Analysis of Academic Progress on WESS or see your academic advisor for your official program of study.


A. Family and Child Studies Core
Number Name Hours
FCST 200 Introduction to Family Studies 3
FCST 304 Research in Methods for Studying Families and Children 3
FCST 315 Field Experiences in Family and Child Services 3
FCST 316 Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children 3
FCST 348 Family Development over the Life Course 3
FCST 418 Working with Diverse Families and Children 3
FCST 445 Poverty and Families 3
B. Developmental Core
Number Name Hours
FCST 214 Child Development I 3
FCST 314 Child Development II: Adolescence 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
C. Major Electives
Complete 9 credits of any course beginning with FCST. 9
D. Additional Coursework
Complete 33 additional credits among the following areas with advisement:
  • Curriculum and Teaching (SPED)
  • Early Childhood and Elementary Literacy (ECEL, READ)
  • Educational Foundations (EDFD)
  • Family and Child Studies (FCST)
Free Electives
Amount varies as needed to reach 120 credits required for graduation. 0-9
PROGRAM TOTAL: 120 credits
If you are planning to pursue teacher certification in P-3 or K-5, please visit the Teacher Education Program site and compare your major program of study to the professional sequence for certification. If you have any questions, please visit your advisor or an advisor in the Center of Pedagogy.
  1. ECEL 200 fulfills General Education elective and FCST Additional coursework
  2. EDFD 220 fulfills Philosophy & Religion requirement and FCST Additional coursework.
  3. FCST 445 fulfills World Cultures Requirement and FCST core.
  4. PSYC 101 fulfills Social Science requirement and FCST Developmental Core.

Course Sequencing

There are course sequencing and prerequisites that students should discuss with their advisors in planning their programs. Suggested course sequences for students are provided here.‌

FCSS Recommended Four-Year Plan (Fall 2012)