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Early Care, Education, and Family Studies


This program is designed to provide individuals with the foundation into understanding early care, education, and family relations. The program will prepare individuals to enter into a variety of disciplines and careers working with children, families, and communities. The Early Care, Education, and Family Studies Program will be beneficial to anyone who has children in their lives: parents, teachers (elementary and early childhood education), school psychologists, social workers, counselors, law enforcement, special educators, foster parents, and grandparents.

Program Learning Outcomes

After completing the Early Care, Education, and Family Studies major, a student will be able to:

  1. Apply effective guidance and interaction strategies that support all children’s social learning, identity, and self-confidence.
  2. Apply ethical standards and professional behaviors that demonstrate understanding and knowledge, deepening the commitment to early care and education profession.
  3. Design, implement, and evaluate environments and activities that support positive, development play, and learning outcomes of all children.
  4. Develop strategies that promote partnerships between programs, teachers, families, and their communities.
  5. Integrate understanding of the needs, characteristics, and multiple influences on development of children birth to age eight as related to high quality care and education of young children.