Child Development & Family Studies

Wanga

Dr. Pamela E. Wanga

Director

Lake Campus 1

(504) 286-5086

 

 

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Child Development and Family Studies major investigates the development and education of children and adolescents; family dynamics; and the interactions between family systems and social environment. A wide range of issues are addressed in the study of child development and family studies, including family theory; biological, cognitive, and emotional development throughout the lifespan;  the impact of the family, neighborhood, workplace, and culture on development; and the influence that developing humans have on their environment. The program leads to multidisciplinary career opportunities related to human development, education, and well-being of children and families. Participants will select concentrations that may include courses in social work, business, government and education with the goal of selecting a career path that prepares them for entry level professional positions in a variety of settings, e.g., administration of programs for children, youth or elderly; grant writing, entry level policy analysts, and family service liaisons.

 

The Child Development major provides an excellent basis for careers in law, business, child and family advocacy, social work and education. It also provides a strong foundation for those candidates who wish to pursue research or graduate study in these fields. Candidates completing this program are expected to demonstrate attributes characteristic of Reflective Practitioners for Global Environments.

 

The students pursuing this major are prepared to assume leadership roles in the areas related to child and family studies. Graduates of the program may be found in public, private and non-profit agencies; in media such as newspapers and broadcasting companies; and in research institutions.

The principles that guide the College of Education, Southern University at New Orleans are:

 

    • A focus on people’s strengths
    • A celebration of human diversity
    • The application of multi-system practice methods to promote human well-being and fair, equitable communities
    • A commitment to social justice.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

CDFS 201: FIRST AID AND SAFETY (2 credit hours)
This is an introductory course in First Aid and Safety. This course will offer coverage to the recognition and first aid of injuries, illnesses common to athletic, recreation and to the general public. Knowledge of these areas provides the student, athletic trainer, or coach/physical education instructor with the basic tools to care for any life threatening conditions until medical help arrives. The course includes relevant field experiences. (Prerequisites: Acceptable GPA and consent of department chair)

 

CDFS 207: INFANT AND EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT (3 credit hours)
This course surveys influences from prenatal through early childhood. It focuses on growth and development from prenatal into early childhood and examines the historical context for the modern conception of child development. Emphasis is given to contemporary research in physiological and motor development, socio-emotional development, cognitive development, health and nutrition, child-rearing practices and infant stimulation. Highlights will be given to the social-historical-contextual approach to the development of young children and families. Field experiences are assigned in this course to bring together link theory to practice. (Prerequisites: Acceptable GPA and consent of department chair)

 

CDFS 208: CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (3 credit hours)
This course explores the needs of children with special physical, mental, behavioral and emotional handicaps, legal issues relating to the rights of these children and their families, and problems and issues related to providing services to families of children with special needs. Observation and field experiences are included as part of the course. (Prerequisites: Acceptable GPA and consent of department chair)

 

CDFS 300: PARENTING AND FAMILY RELATIONS (3 credit hours)
Emphasis is on parent education, interpersonal communication and system awareness. Course examines instructional approaches in Child Services programs to support parenting abilities and requirements for developing parenting programs to meet parent and community goals; parenting rights and responsibilities; issues regarding special needs in families (including adoptive, foster, migrant, low income, military, and blended families as well as those with members with special needs) will be addressed. Relevant field experiences will be planned to enhance the course offering. (Prerequisites: CDFS 201, 207, and 208)

 

CDFS 301: CHILDREN UNDER STRESS (ELECTIVE 2) (3 credit hours)
This course examines issues in identifying, understanding, and intervening in childhood stress. Attention is given to coping strategies and resources available to children and their families. The course requires applicable field experiences. (Prerequisites: CDFS 201, 207, and 208)

 

CDFS 302: CURRENT ISSUES IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES 
(3 credit hours)
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to current issues facing families and children. Students will learn to think critically about information and sources of information and they will develop skills in evaluating research relevant to their lives. Observations and field experiences may be required based on the issue being explored. (Prerequisites: CDFS 201, 207, 208 and approval by advisor)

 

CDFS 303: LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT IN FAMILY CONTEXT (3 credit hours)
This course explores child development, adolescent and emergent adult, and adult and aging development within the context of the family and a focus on significant life transitions. Topics will include discussions on the physiological, psychological, and social aspects of human sexual development throughout the life span. (Prerequisites: CDFS 201, 207 and 208)

 

CDFS 312: VALUES AND ETHICS IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES PROFESSIONS (3 credit hours)
This course guides students in developing an understanding of the character and quality of human social contact, and the ability to critically examine ethical questions and issues. Discussions related to appraising career potential, formulating a professional code of ethics, and exploring career options will be included. (Prerequisites: CDFS 300 and 301)

 

CDFS 319: FAMILY HEALTH AND NUTRITION (3 credit hours)
This course explores the relationships between lifestyle choices and disease prevention and wellness. It studies the impact of nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco use on the health of the family. The course requires relevant field experiences. (Prerequisites: CDFS 300 and 301)

 

CDFS 321: CHILD DEVELOPMENT IN THE FAMILY (3 credit hours)
This course explores the various stages of cognitive, psychomotor and social development of young children, the importance of play and the impact of the economic conditions of the family. Students will study selected social service agencies. (Prerequisites: 207 and 300)

 

CDFS 322: ABUSE IN FAMILIES (3 credits hours)
This course explores causes and consequences of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse in families across the life cycle and their effects on the child. The course will also address the interplay between victims, offenders, and the treatment system. (Prerequisite: CDFS 301)

 

CDFS 323: ADOLESCENT AND ADULT DEVELOPMENT IN THE FAMILY 
(3 credit hours)
The course provides an analysis of adolescent and adult development employing an ecological framework. Focus will also be directed toward an understanding of the development and maintenance of interpersonal relationships including self and others; communications skills, intimacy, love, romance; relating to others with respect, sincerity, and responsibility. The course requires field experiences. (Prerequisite: CDFS 300, 301, and 303)

 

CDFS 324: PATTERNS OF FAMILY INTERACTION (3 credit hours)
This course provides an examination of family processes and interaction, conflict management, communication (patterns & problems in husband-wife relationships and parent-child relationships, including stress & and conflict management.) emphasizing major conceptual frameworks of family development. (Prerequisite: CDFS 300, 301, and 303)

 

CDFS 325: FAMILY THEORY (3 credit hours)
This course examines social psychological theories and research relevant to the study of families. Theories framing the foundation for working with families are explored as they assist in understanding of various concepts in the relationship between the family and its environment; intergenerational family culture, structure, and process; family life cycle processes; internal family organization and process; individual and family meanings and narratives; cultural variations (family heritage, social class, geography, ethnicity, race and religion); changing gender roles; and demographic trend, among others. Students will examine the American family as a social institution embedded in a cultural and historical context. (Prerequisites: CDFS 300 and 303)

 

CDFS 326: EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN (ELECTIVE 2) (3 credit hours)
A study of the principles and techniques used to guide in planning of experiences for children based on varying philosophies of child development including Montessori, Piaget and others. Students will plan and evaluate the various environments suggested by the content of the respective theorist. The course requires field experiences in an infant/toddler program, family child care, preschool child development center, and other relevant programs and services, including diverse and special education programs, in order for the student to relate all previous theory courses to practice in the field. (Prerequisite: CDFS 301)

 

CDFS 341: FAMILY RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on an understanding of the decisions individuals and families make about developing and allocating resources including time, money, material assets, energy, friends, neighbors, and space, to meet their goals. The course will examine topics related to goal setting and decision-making; development and allocation of resources, social environment influences; life-cycle and family structure influences; and consumer and economic issues and decisions, among others. Field experiences will be required to enhance theoretical course stipulations. (Prerequisites: CDFS 300, 301)

 

CDFS 346: RESOLVING DEVELOPMENTAL ISSUES (ELECTIVE 2) (3 credit hours)
This course examines issues and problems encountered in middle childhood and early adolescence. It examines the role of family and interpersonal skills in helping children to adjust. The course requires field experiences. (Prerequisites: (CDFS 303, 323)

 

CDFS 395: CHILDREN, FAMILIES, AND PUBLIC POLICY (3 credit hours)
This course examines the structure and function of the legal system and public policy relative to children and families. Aspects of family and the law (relating to marriage, divorce, family support, child custody, child protection and rights, & family planning) as well as family and social services and the economy will be examined, enhanced by appropriate field experience assignments. (Prerequisites: CDFS 301, 302)

 

CDFS 400: FAMILY HEALTH, FITNESS, AND WELLNESS (ELECTIVE 2) (3 credit hours)
This course helps candidates develop, implement, and evaluate plans to improve family health and fitness. It emphasizes the components of wellness and the basic principles of fitness. (Prerequisites: CDFS 319)  

 

CDFS 410: HEALTHY COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES (ELECTIVE 2) (3 credit hours)
This course explores processes that promote healthy development of the individual, family, and the community. It examines maladaptive individual or family processes such as family and community violence, substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, as well as problems related to environmental factors, and other problems that impact the health of the entire community. The course requires field experience placements. (Prerequisite: CDFS 301 and 319)

 

CDFS 430: FAMILY AND SOCIAL POLICY (ELECTIVE 2) (3 credit hours)
This course provides an examination and critique of social policies from a family perspective. (Prerequisites: CDFS 301 and consent of department chair)

 

CDFS 445: ADMINISTRATION OF PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN (ELECTIVE 2)
(3 credit hours)
This course is designed to explore the planning and administration of programs for young children. The course will examine topics in budget and staffing, including the use of computers. This course includes proposal writing, advocacy, staff relations, in-service training, working with parents, dealing with supervising agencies or boards, professional field experience activities, current research in the field, as well as changes in the laws. (Prerequisites: Consent of department chair)

 

CDFS 453: RESEARCH METHODS IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES     (3 credit hours)
This course provides an examination of methods, implications and ethics in research on child development and family studies. It includes theory-based research and emphasizes competency in reading and interpreting empirical studies. (Prerequisites: Consent of department chair)

 

CDFS 467: THE CHANGING AMERICAN FAMILY (3 credit hours)
This course presents a survey of the contemporary American family with emphasis on changes in form, functions and expectations. The history of the family, both public and private, will be considered and examined in relation to the effects of class, ethnicity and social policy. The effects on the family of common life events experienced by individuals and family members will be covered including sexuality, mate selection, marriage, childbearing, the working family, divorce, domestic violence and aging. The future of the family including implications for the individual and society will be discussed. Field experience activities will be required. (Prerequisites: Consent of department chair)

 

CDFS 470: SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES (ELECTIVE 1) (3 credit hours)
This course presents a study of selected topics or current issues in child development and family studies. It provides students an opportunity to explore various topics in greater detail. This course is repeatable for different topics but no more than 12 credits of special topics may be applied toward this elective. Field experiences may be required depending on the topic. (Prerequisites: Consent of department chair)

 

CDFS 499: Practicum/INTERNSHIP: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (3 credit hours)
 [Recommended Catalog Course Description, revised fall 2009]: Under supervision by qualified site supervisors and faculty, the Practicum/Internship enables students to be placed in approved professional work environments to build upon previous university classroom knowledge and experiences to gain work-related knowledge and skills, and to explore appropriate career options.(Prerequisites:The Practicum/Internship is taken in the final semester before graduation. Students are required to apply for the Practicum in consultation with their respective advisors. Course audits must be approved by the advisors and department chair before acceptance of students into the Practicum)

SEQUENCE

Freshman Year (33 Cr. Hrs.)

First Semester

Grade

Cr. Hrs.

Second Semester

Grade

Cr. Hrs.

ENGL 111 English Composition I

3

ENGL 112 English Composition II

3

MATH 151 College Algebra

3

MATH 250 Elementary Statistics

3

BIOL 105 Introduction to Biology I

3

BIOL 106 Introduction to Biology II

3

POLI 110 American Government

3

ART/MUS 101 Introduction to Art/Music

3

JRDV 111 College Survival

1

JRVD 111A Freshman Assembly

0

MGIS 164 Intro to Information Processing

3

HIST 210/220 US History since/to 1865

3

 

 

CDFS 201 First Aid and Safety

2

 

16

 

17

 

Sophomore Year (31 Cr. Hrs.)

First Semester

Grade

Cr. Hrs.

Second Semester

Grade

Cr. Hrs.

COMM 210 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

Directed Electives (Selection1)

3

PHYS 101 Physical Science I

3

CDFS 208 Children with Special Needs

3

PHYS 101L Physical Science I Lab

1

Directed Elective (Selection 1)

3

SOCL 210 Introduction to Sociology

3

CDFS 321 Child Development in the Family

3

ENGL 203 Writing about Literature

3

CDFS 300 Parenting and Family Relations

3

CDFS 207 Infant/ Early Childhood Development

3

 

 

16

 

 

15

 

Junior Year (30 Cr. Hrs.)

First Semester

Grade

Cr. Hrs.

Second Semester

Grade

Cr. Hrs.

CDFS 302 Current Issues in CDFS

3

CDFS 323 Adolescent & Adult Dev./Family

3

CDFS 303 Lifespan Dev. in Family Context

3

CDFS 324 Patterns of Family Interaction

3

CDFS 312 Values/Ethics in CDFS Professions

3

CDFS 325  Family Theory

3

CDFS 319 Family Health and Nutrition

3

CDFS 341 Family Resource Management

3

Directed Elective (Selection 2)

3

Directed Elective (selection 2)

3

 

15

 

 

15

Senior Year (30 Cr. Hrs.)

First Semester

Grade

Cr. Hrs.

Second Semester

Grade

Cr. Hrs.

CDFS 395 Child, Families, and Public Policy

3

CDFS 467 The Changing American Family

3

CDFS 453 Research Methods in CDFS

3

CDFS 499 Practicum

3

Directed Elective (Selection 1)

3

Directed Elective (selection 2)

3

Directed Elective (Selection 1)

3

Directed Elective (Selection 2)

3

Directed Elective (selection 1)

3

Directed Elective (Selection 1)

3

 

15

 

 

15

 

Total Credit Hours Required = 124

DIRECTED ELECTIVES

Directed Electives are chosen by students in consultation with advisor from the following selections (Applicable where indicated in the Program of Study):

 

1.             SELECTION 1 ELECTIVES             (18 credit hours from this selection)

BADM 362 Principles of Management (3)
BADM 370 Principles of Marketing (3)
CDFS 470 Special Topic in Child Development and Family Studies (3) (repeatable for different topics for no more than 12 credit hours)
SOWK 211 Social Legislation, Policy, and Process (3)
SOWK 435 Older Persons in Family Settings (3)

Any 300-400 level courses (Not to exceed 12 hrs), preferably from Sociology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, or Education

 

2.             SELECTION 2 ELECTIVES             (12 credit hours from this selection)

CDFS 301 Children under Stress (3)
CDFS 322 Abuse in the Family (3)
CDFS 326 Experiences for Young Children (3)
CDFS 346 Resolving Middle Childhood and Adolescent Developmental Issues (3)
CDFS 400 Family Health, Fitness and Wellness (3)
CDFS 410 Healthy Communities and Families (3)
CDFS 430 Family and Social Policy (3)
CDFS 445 Administration of Programs for Children (3)