2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog (Updated Spring 2019) 
    
    Dec 05, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog (Updated Spring 2019) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Ecology - Child Development, B.S.


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The program in Child Development provides a broad interdisciplinary background in the area of children and families. As the only four-year program in Maryland, it prepares students to work and/or teach others to work with children and their families. Emphasis is given to development within various family structures and to strategies for facilitating normal development. Students learn basic and applied concepts of human development and acquire skills in working with young children and their families with different abilities, and backgrounds in a variety of settings. In addition to classroom instruction, child development students spend part of several semesters working in the campus Child and Family Development Center and in off-campus social and human service agencies. Students choosing this option can broaden their career possibilities by completing courses in cognitive areas such as business, recreation, sociology, social work, or nutrition that complement the training in Child Development. Successful completion of the Child Development program also provides excellent preparation for graduate studies.

Departmental Requirements

Human Ecology students are required to maintain a “C” in each course in the Human Ecology Major Core requirements, Program Foundation Knowledge, Program Electives, and a “C” average in General Education and Supportive Course Requirements. Individual concentration areas may choose specific courses to fulfill General Education requirements. Students transferring into the department from another department or institution must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

All Human Ecology students are required to complete an out of class practical experience which can be in a form of an Internship, practicum, or research project.  Each concentration has specific requirements for this out-of-classroom practical experience so students should consult with their advisors for details about this aspect of their academic preparation. The Child Development Program requires that all students, including those transferring to the Department from 2-year institutions, maintain a “C” in each course in their Program Core and Program Electives and a “C” average in General Education and Supportive Course Requirements. Individual programs may choose specific courses to fulfill General Education requirements. Students transferring into the department from another department or institution must have a 2.5 Cum GPA.

Career Opportunities

Potential employment opportunities include private child care facilities, hospital and clinic settings, recreation programs, health and social service agencies, and businesses. Students choosing this option can broaden their career possibilities by completing courses in cognitive areas such as business, exercise science, social work, or nutrition that complement the training in Child Development.

Required Courses


General Education Requirements


All students are expected to complete a common body of academic course work. The General Education Requirements are designed to promote the development of a comprehensive educational base which will effectively support a student’s choice of a major concentration. MATH 101  does not meet the General Education Requirement and does not apply toward graduation requirements.

Curriculum Area I - Arts and Humanities: Credits 9


Select two courses from any of the courses in Disciplines A - D.

Curriculum Area II - Social and Behavioral Sciences: Credits 6


Discipline A: Social Sciences

Discipline B: Behavioral Sciences

Curriculum Area IV - Mathematics: Credits 3


Curriculum Area V - English Composition: Credits 9


Total Required for General Education: Credits 41


1Students must pass ENGL 101  and ENGL 102  with grade of “C” or above before taking ENGL 203 .

2Honors students should take honors courses.

Supportive Requirements: Credits 3


Free Electives: Credits 9


Curriculum Guide for Child Development


 

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