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Human Development and Family Studies Courses (HDF)

GE Core denotes General Education Core credit;
GE Marker
denotes General Education Marker credit;
CAR denotes College Additional Requirement credit.

Courses for Undergraduates

211 Life Span Development in the Human Environment (3:3)

GE Core: GSB

Development of human beings prenatally through death. Emphasis on environmental interactions across the life span. This is a foundation course for Human Development majors.

212 Families and Close Relationships (3:3)

GE Core: GSB

Intrapersonal and interpersonal processes in the development and maintenance of families and close relationships over time.

250 Introduction to Birth through Kindergarten Education: Teaching in Early Care and Education Programs (3:2:3)

Introduction to Birth through Kindergarten care and education programs and careers. Overview of program types and observations in several settings, including schools, preschools, and child-care facilities.

302 Infant and Child Development in the Family (3:3)

GE Core: GSB

HDFS majors may not receive credit for both HDF 302 and PSY 250.

Examination of contemporary theories, methods and research findings in the study of development from conception through middle childhood. The role of the family, peers, and school will be emphasized.

303 Adolescent Development in the Family (3:3)

GE Core: GSB

Examination of theories, methods, and research findings in the study of development from pre-adolescence through post-adolescence. Ecological perspectives associated with the role of family, peer group, and school on individual development.

304 Adult Development in the Family (3:3)

Examination of growth and development from early to late adulthood in the context of family life. Emphasis on the major stages of adulthood as they relate to family functioning.

350 Birth through Kindergarten Education: Professional Seminar I (2:2)

Pr. HDF 250

Coreq. HDF 425

Professional seminar to examine issues involving professional standards of conduct and presentation. Review of self-assessment and accountability standards related to videotaped observations and teaching portfolios.

360 Birth through Kindergarten Education: Professional Seminar II (1:1)

Pr. HDF 250, 350

Coreq. HDF 435

Professional seminar to examine issues involving professional presentation of self during student teaching semester, interview and application process, and first year of teaching. Covers required health, safety, and liability training.

401 Special Problems in Human Development and Family Studies (1–6)

Pr. permission of instructor

May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Individual study. Conference hours to be arranged.

407 Current Issues Affecting Women and Families (3:3)

Contemporary and changing issues affecting individuals and families and their environment. Multidisciplinary approach to decision making and problem-solving.

409 Family Diversity (3:2:3)

Pr. HDF 211, 212, and 302 or 303 or 304

Study of the variation within and between families through an exploration of the similarities and differences according to culture, race, class, gender, family structure, and sexual orientation.

410 Families and Children in Global Perspective (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

Pr. HDF 211, 212, 302 or 303 or 304, or permission of instructor

A study of Asian, African, Latin American, and Eastern European families and children, focusing on family structure, gender roles, and socialization practices within their socioeconomic, historical, and cultural context.

421 Theories and Principles of Parenting (3:3)

Pr. HDF 409 or 410; formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

Overview of parent education with special emphasis on parent-child relationships; problems and procedures of teachers working with children and/or families; problem areas and implications of research with parents and their children.

422 Interrelationships between Families and the Community (3:3)

Pr. HDF 211, 212, 302 or 303

Multifaceted interrelationships between families and the community. Implementation of public policy. Observation and participation in community agencies serving families.

425 Infant and Toddler Programs: Foundations and Methods (4:3:3)

Pr. HDF 250, SES 242; 2.50 GPA; formal admission to Human Development major required.

Coreq. HDF 350 for B–K Licensure majors

Theories, principles, methods and issues related in infant and toddler programs. An emphasis on integrating knowledge with skills to design, implement, and evaluate programs. Laboratory experience required. (Same as SES 425)

428 Families in Middle and Later Years (3:3)

Pr. HDF 475; formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

Socio-economic and cultural issues relating to families in middle and later years, emphasizing change and continuity in family relationships over the life course.

435 Preschool/Kindergarten Curriculum (4:3:3)

Pr. HDF/SES 425, SES 242; 2.50 GPA; formal admission to Human Development major required.

Coreq. HDF 360 for B–K Licensure majors

Provides information on principles and components of preschool/kindergarten curricula, and strategies of learning for young children. Emphasis includes young children with and without disabilities. Laboratory experience required. (Same as SES 435)

441 Young Children’s Learning Environments (4:3:3)

Pr. SES 242; 2.50 GPA; formal admission to Human Development major required.

Principles and methods of working with typical and atypical young children. Emphasis on identifying and evaluating strategies for enhancing children’s development within a program setting. Laboratory experience required. (Same as SES 441)

445 Current Family Theory and Research (3:3)

Pr. HDF 475; formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

Seminar designed to examine current issues in family studies. Emphasis placed on theories and current research literature. Writing and editing are emphasized.

450 Professional Experience in Early Childhood (3:1:9) or (6:2:18)

Pr. a C or better in HDF/SES 425, 435, 441; 2.50 GPA; HDF 250, TED 516; formal admission to Human Development major and permission of instructor required.

May be repeated for up to 6 s.h.

Supervised professional experience for students working with children in early childhood settings.

452 Child Observation and Assessment (3:3)

Pr. formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

Theoretical, practical, ethical issues in the observation and assessment of children. Laboratory assignments cover direct observation, questionnaires and standardized testing. Applications for research, education, diagnosis, program evaluation will be discussed.

455 Current Developmental Theory and Research (3:3)

Pr. formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

Seminar designed to examine current issues in development. Emphasis placed on current research literature, theories, and applications across the lifespan. Writing and editing are emphasized.

457 Informational Processes in Human Environmental Sciences (3:3)

Pr. formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required; computer literacy required.

Application of communication skills, demonstration techniques, and design principles in presenting information related to human environmental sciences. Use of computers to facilitate presentation of information.

460 Supervised Student Teaching and Seminar (3:1:16 or 6:2:32 or 12:2:32)

Pr. a C or better in HDF/SES 425, 435, 441; 2.70 GPA; formal admission to Human Development major and permission of instructor required; must be admitted to the Teachers Academy.

Supervised student teaching in a preschool setting under direction of a cooperating teacher with university supervision. Full-time teaching assignment in a preschool setting for a full semester with weekly seminars. (Fall & Spring)

462 Family Gerontology (3:2:3)

Pr. HDF 475; formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

Study of the older family members and their relationships with other family members in regard to their physical, social, and environmental situations, life adjustment, and sources of assistance. Observation and participation included.

465 Work and Family Linkages (3:3)

Pr. HDF 475, or concurrently; formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

Theory and research on role of work in family relationships and adult development including examination of links between parents’ work and family relationships; implications of workplace policy for family members’ development.

475 Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies (3:3)

Pr. STA 108 (may be taken concurrently); formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

An introductory examination of human development and family research methods designed to provide an understanding of scientific inquiry, methodology, measurement, test construction, scaling, and statistical terms and techniques.

477 Professional Development in HDFS (3:3)

Pr. formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

Development of professional skills and exploration of careers related to individuals and families.

482 Administration of Dependent Care Programs (3:3)

Pr. formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

Major areas of planning and administering dependent care programs, including programming, scheduling, reporting, financing, housing, equipping, staffing, and working with families.

491 Family-Centered Interdisciplinary Practice: System of Care (3:3)

Pr. permission of instructor

System of care core values/principles infuse service planning/ delivery. Students develop competencies in family-centerdness, client partnerships; community services; cultural competency; interagency collaboration. Placement with families included. (Spring) (Same as HEA 491, RPM 491, SWK 491)

 

493 Honors Work (3–6)

Pr. permission of instructor; 3.30 GPA in the major, 12 s.h. in the major

May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.

 

499 Supervised Professional Experience (1–6:0:3–12)

Pr. HDF 477; 2.50 GPA; formal admission to Human Development major and permission of instructor required.

May be repeated for up to 6 s.h.

Supervised professional experience in selected commercial or industrial organizations, public or private agencies.

Courses for Advanced Undergraduates & Graduate Students

502 Gender in Families (3:3)

Pr. HDF 211, 212, 410 or permission of instructor

Influence of social, philosophical, political, and technological change on gender relationships in families in the past, present and future.

527 Problems in Human Development and Family Studies (2–6)

Pr. HDF 211, 212

In-depth study of new areas in child and family studies such as: children and technology; multi-cultural families; developmental consequences of child maltreatment.

Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin
for additional graduate-level courses.