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Child Development and Family Studies

College of Health and Human Services

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Child Development and Family Studies Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers students a Bachelor of Arts degree in six option areas of study:

  • Child Development and Family Studies
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Family Life Education
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Textiles and Clothing

Requirements for all majors include a minimum of 120 units for the Bachelor of Arts degree. In addition to general education requirements (48 units), a minimum of 40 units in Family and Consumer Sciences must be completed, 24 of which must be upper division. Students transferring from another college or university will receive transfer credit in required courses if the course is equivalent to the course at this University and it is first accepted by the University.

Specific degree and certificate information as well as option requirements are listed under each option alphabetically in this Catalog.

Child Development and Family Studies

The field of Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) strives to improve the lives of children and families. As an integrative and interdisciplinary specialization, CDFS incorporates information from a variety of disciplines to provide a comprehensive academic and professional background for working with children and families. Our primary focus is on utilizing the preventive approach to assist individuals and families with daily living.

Option in Child Development and Family Studies (code FCS_BA01) (120 units)

BIOL 205 or 207 or 208; PSY 100; SOC 100 or ANTH 120; CDFS 111, 211, 214 and 414 or 215 and 415, 311 or 314, 312I, 411, 413, 492A or FCSE 497 or second semester of CDFS 414 or 415; CAFF 321I; FCSE 299, 499; NUTR 132; plus 9 units of advisor-approved electives. The student also must select with a Child Development and Family Studies advisor’s approval 15 units from CDFS 319I, 402, 409, 410, 412, 416A, 416B, 417, 418, 419, or CDFS courses not taken above. Each course on the student’s program planner must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. In addition, a course in which a grade lower than “C” is received must be retaken and successfully completed prior to enrolling in a course for which it is a prerequisite. A student receiving a grade lower than a “C” may proceed with other courses with the approval of the Child Development and Family Studies Area Coordinator.

Minor in Child Development and Family Studies (code FCS_UM06)

The Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) minor offers the opportunity to take a concentration of courses focusing on children and families. By providing students with an aggregate of CDFS courses students will be better prepared careers relating to children and families in an array of settings.

Requirements

Students seeking a minor in CDFS must meet all prerequisite course requirements. In addition, students must maintain a “C” or better in all courses required for the minor. The minor requires 21 total units: nine units of core courses consisting of CDFS 111, 312I, and 319I and 12 units selected from CDFS 211, 214, 215, 311, 314, 409, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, and 418.

The minor in Child Development and Family Studies is not be available to Child Development and Family Studies majors.

Family Life Education

This option is available in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. It was introduced in response to a certification process developed by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). NCFR is the leading national organization for professionals concerned with promoting and enhancing the quality of family life. NCFR sponsors the only national program to certify family life educators.

Family life education provides skills and knowledge to enrich individual and family life. Family Life Education preparation is based on the suggested guidelines and content areas outlined by NCFR. According to NCFR, there are ten substance areas that constitute family life education. These include knowledge about how families work; the interrelationship of families and society; human growth and development throughout the life span; the physiological and psychological aspects of human sexuality; the impact of money and time management on daily family life; the importance and value of parent education; the effects of policy and legislation on families; ethical considerations in professional conduct; and a solid understanding and knowledge of how to teach and/or develop curriculum for what are often sensitive and personal issues.

After completing the recommended preparatory course work in this department, it is possible to get two types of certification from NCFR:

Provisional Certification from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is available to students who complete the approved courses that correspond to the ten substance areas from an approved program, but without the minimum two years of work experience.

Full Certification from the NCFR is available to students who graduate from an approved academic program and have completed at least two years of work experience as a family life educator. The work experience of the student has to be submitted, reviewed, and approved by an NCFR review committee.

This certification enables students to be employed in professional positions in family life education such as a parent educator, a family life educator in a private, government, or business setting, a coordinator for public policy issues affecting children and families, a research facilitator for projects focusing on children, adolescents, and families, developing curriculum for areas within Family Life Education, a bereavement counselor for children and families, a teen and adolescent counselor, a consultant to work with military families, a health care consultant, and work in a ministry setting.

According to NCFR, the benefits of certification for the student include the following:

  • Recognition of the high standards and criteria needed to provide quality family life education.
  • Validation of the students' education and work experience.
  • Completion of the ten substance areas of family life education.
  • Acknowledgement of the preventive focus of family life education.

Interested students should contact the Family Life Education Coordinator, Dr. Nilufer P. Medora, Family and Consumer Sciences (562) 985-4488 or at medora@csulb.edu

Option in Family Life Education (code FCS_BA12) (120 units)

Family Life Education in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences provides an academic and professional background for work with children, adults, couples, and families. It offers an interdisciplinary foundation in several areas that influence and enhance the quality of life of children, adults, couples, and families based on education, enrichment and prevention. Fieldwork opportunities where students have direct experiences with individuals and families in the community are provided for qualified students.

Requirements

ANTH 120 or SOC 100; BIOL 205 or 207; GERN 400I or HDEV 357I; HSC 425I, PSY 100; CDFS 111, 312I, 319I, 410, 411, 412, 413, 418, 419, 492B, 311 or 314, 402 or SOC 423; CAFF 321I; FCSE 299, 499; NUTR 132, plus 9 units of advisor approved electives.

Each course on the student’s program planner must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.

In addition, a course in which a grade lower than “C” is received must be retaken and successfully completed prior to enrolling in a course for which it is a prerequisite. A student receiving a grade lower than a “C”, may proceed with other courses with the approval of the Child Development and Family Studies Area Coordinator.