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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

College of Health and Human Services

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Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

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Chairperson: Kerry Kazura
Professor: Corinna Jenkins Tucker
Associate Professor: Barbara R. Frankel, Kerry Kazura, Erin Hiley Sharp
Assistant Professor: Tyler Jamison, Cory Mortin, Kimberly Turner Nesbitt, Jill Trumbell
Clinical Associate Professor: Mark Moses
Clinical Assistant Professor: Lisa Ranfos

The department’s mission is to support the well-being of individuals and families through research, teaching, and service. Programs emphasize both theoretical and practical knowledge about development across the lifespan, family dynamics, the social and economic conditions that support or impede families, teacher and parent education, and prevention and intervention programs that aid individuals and families. The department is committed to acknowledging and supporting diversity, to providing an educational environment that stresses excellence and innovation, and to developing exemplary programs to serve students, helping professionals, and the larger community.

The department offers three areas of study for undergraduate majors: child development, family support, and lifespan development. Candidates for degree requirements in any of the department options must satisfy all University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying specific program requirements.

The department offers two types of optional year-long internships, which students can apply for during their junior year. The child development concentration offers students a preschool-third grade teacher preparation (P-3) internship. The family support and lifespan concentration offers the family internship, which is required for Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE).

Human Development and Family Studies Major Requirements

Core courses required of each human development and family studies concentrations are: 

  1. HDFS 525, Human Development
  2. HDFS 545, Intimate Relationships and Families
  3. A minimum of 36 human development and family studies credits, with 8 or more credits at the 700 level required.
  4. A senior capstone experience; each human development and family studies concentration has a capstone experience incorporated into the program. 
  5. Twenty credits of supporting coursework, selected in consultation with the adviser. Supporting courses must be 500 level or above, and supporting coursework must include at least 12 credits in courses outside the department.
  6. An undergraduate statistics course

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of their human development and family studies concentration.


Family Support/Provisional CFLE Concentration

This concentration is intended for students interested in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Students in the family support concentration develop knowledge and skills to prepare them to provide individual and family support, direct services, and family life education and programs.

Family Internship
In the family internship (HDFS 782), students will apply knowledge gained from their academic studies in a supervised environment. The internship involves a commitment of sixteen hours per week for two semesters, plus a 2-credit seminar (HDFS 792), which meets every other week for a full academic year. Some internship sites may require additional applications or a criminal background check before placement is finalized. Arrangements for criminal background checks are the responsibility of the student and the requesting organization, not the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Students apply for the internship during the spring semester of their junior year. Internship applicants must have completed 20 credits of departmental coursework prior to their senior year. Internship courses (782/792) count toward the 20 credits required in supporting courses

Certified Family Life Educator
Students in the family support concentration who are accepted to the family internship are encouraged to apply for provisional status as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Family life educators work in a variety of settings including social services, health services, child care, family support, youth programs, parent education, junior and senior high schools, and universities and colleges. The CFLE certification provides an individual with expertise in a broad range of issues that constitute family life education and increases their professional credibility by validating their education and experience. The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) has approved the Department of Human Development and Family Studies' family support program as meeting the standards and criteria required for CFLE certification. Students may apply to NCFR for provisional CFLE designation upon completion of required coursework.(See courses marked with an asterisk* in the table below.) Upon meeting additional requirements listed on the NCFR website, students can apply for full certification after graduation.


Requirements for the Family Support Concentration

Abbreviation Course Number Title
HDFS   525   Human Development*  
HDFS   545   Intimate Relationships and Families*  
HDFS   641   Parenting Across the Lifespan*  
HDFS   746   Human Sexuality*  
HDFS   757   Race, Class, Gender and Families* (capstone)  
HDFS   760   Family Programs and Policies*  
HDFS   794 -OR- 776   Families and the Law* - OR - Children, Adolescents and the Law  
Statistsics course     PSYC 402 -OR- SOC 502 -OR- HHS 540  

* Required for provisional CFLE certification.



One Course from Each Group. Total of Two Courses.

Abbreviation Course Number Title
1.   HDFS 623   Developmental Perspectives on Infancy and Early Childhood  
  HDFS 624   Developmental Perspectives on Adolescence and Early Adulthood  
  HDFS 625   Adult Development and Aging  
2.   HDFS 553   Personal and Family Finance for Family Life Professionals  
  HDFS 586   Families at Risk  

 



Supporting Courses - Family Support


Supporting courses are intended to provide an individualized component of the HDFS curriculum. Because HDFS is interdisciplinary, this allows students to explore related areas that contribute to their academic and professional goals. Therefore, supporting courses may be any course that meets all the following criteria:

  1. 500-level or above
  2. Relates to the study of individuals or families
  3. Contributes to the student’s goals and/or academic interests
  4. Approved by an HDFS adviser

Courses that meet these criteria are often found in disciplines such as psychology, sociology, social work, women’s studies, education, and communication sciences and disorders. Eight HDFS credits may also be used as supporting courses as long they are not required for the student’s concentration.



Lifespan Development Concentration

This concentration is intended for students with a broad interest in working with families. The lifespan development concentration provides knowledge about specific life stages of individuals within the context of family systems with a focus on system dynamics, diverse family systems, gender, and cultural differences. This plan of study is designed particularly for those expecting to attend graduate school and those who desire a general background in lifespan development and family dynamics.

 


Requirements for the Lifespan Development Concentration

Abbreviation Course Number Title
HDFS   525   Human Development  
HDFS   545   Intimate Relationships and Families  
HDFS   623   Developmental Perspectives on Infancy and Early Childhood  
HDFS   624   Developmental Perspectives on Adolescence and Early Adulthood  
HDFS   625   Adult Development and Aging  
HDFS   641   Parenting Across the Lifespan  
HDFS   746   Human Sexuality  
HDFS   757   Race, Class, Gender, and Families (Capstone)  
HDFS   794 -OR- 776   Families and the Law* - OR - Children, Adolescents and the Law  
One Statistsics class     PSYC 402 -OR- SOC 502 -OR- HHS 540  


Supporting Courses - Lifespan Development


Supporting courses are intended to provide an individualized component of the HDFS curriculum. Because HDFS is interdisciplinary, this allows students to explore related areas that contribute to their academic and professional goals. Therefore, supporting courses may be any course that meets all the following criteria:

  1. 500-level or above
  2. Relates to the study of individuals or families
  3. Contributes to the student’s goals and/or academic interests
  4. Approved by an HDFS adviser

Courses that meet these criteria are often found in disciplines such as psychology, sociology, social work, women’s studies, education, and communication sciences and disorders. Eight HDFS credits may also be used as supporting courses as long they are not required for the student’s concentration. 



Child Development Concentration

This concentration is intended for students who have a broad interest in working with children ranging in age from birth to age eight. The child development concentration has four major foci: child development, teaching methodology and curriculum development, developmentally appropriate learning environments for young children, and home-school-community relations.

 


Requirements for the Child Development Concentration

Abbreviation Course Number Title
HDFS   525   Human Development  
HDFS   545   Intimate Relationships and Families  
HDFS   623   Developmental Perspectives on Infancy and Early Childhood  
HDFS   635   Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Settings  
HDFS   709   Advanced Child Development Internship  
HDFS   734   Curriculum for Young Children  
HDFS   743   Families, Schools, and Community  
HDFS   771   Observation and Assessment of Young Children  
One additional HDFS Course   500 or above    
One Statistsics class     PSYC 402 -OR- SOC 502 -OR- HHS 540  

 



Supporting Courses - Child Development


Supporting courses are intended to provide an individualized component of the HDFS curriculum. Because HDFS is interdisciplinary, this allows students to explore related areas that contribute to their academic and professional goals. Therefore, supporting courses may be any course that meets all the following criteria:

  1. 500-level or above
  2. Relates to the study of individuals or families
  3. Contributes to the student’s goals and/or academic interests
  4. Approved by an HDFS adviser

Courses that meet these criteria are often found in disciplines such as psychology, sociology, social work, women’s studies, education, and communication sciences and disorders. Eight HDFS credits may also be used as supporting courses as long they are not required for the student’s concentration. 



Child Development: Preschool - Third Grade Teacher Preparation Program

The Early Childhood Education P-3 Teacher Preparation (P-3) program prepares students for a career in teaching young children. Course work for this program is designed to maximize in-classroom mentorship and to provide a broad range of exposure across the preschool to 3rd-grade levels. This competitive program within the child development specialization in the Human Development and Family Studies Department is approved by the New Hampshire State Board of Education. 

Requirements and instructions for the application process for this program are detailed below. Students who wish to be considered for the P-3 Program must indicate their interest at the time of application to the major so that an appropriate plan of study can be arranged.
 
Application Requirements
Juniors in the child development concentration who have maintained a minimum overall GPA of 2.8, and a departmental GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply. Please note that this is a competitive program with limited enrollment. Those accepted into the program must maintain this level of achievement throughout the program. Students must be prepared to have their own transportation for off-campus placements as needed.

Applications are available through the department website http://chhs.unh.edu/hdfs/undergraduate-forms and are due by February 15 of each year. Completed applications will be reviewed by the child development faculty. Admission decisions will be made by mid-March. Provisional admission may be given to those who have not yet taken and passed the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test (or who have not received approval from the New Hampshire Department of Education for a Praxis Core Waiver Request) at the time of application in mid-February. Final admission will be given pending the submission of a passing Praxis core test score (or approved waiver) by the last day of final exams at the end of the junior year

A Note about Obtaining State Teacher Certification
For detailed information about the State of New Hampshire Department of Education Certification requirements, please visit http://education.nh.gov/certification/documents/edtestinginfo.pdf.

Although students may graduate from UNH with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies, without the required set of passing test scores, and having completed the P-3 coursework along with all student teaching requirements, they will not be eligible to apply for the New Hampshire State P-3 Teaching Certificate. This is a state of New Hampshire requirement; not a condition for graduation from UNH. Information on the Praxis tests is available on www.ets.org/praxis. In order to fulfill a teaching contract with a public school district, a prospective teacher must be certified by the state in which he/she is to be employed. 

In addition to the Praxis core, all P-3 teacher program candidates are expected to take the Praxis II for Education of Young Children (5024) and the New Hampshire Foundations of Reading test prior to graduation.

P-3 Internship Course Descriptions
P-3 Internship Course HDFS 785 is a fall semester seminar-based course intended to prepare students, as teacher candidates, for the student teaching experience in the spring semester. This course emphasizes students’ continued development as learners, researchers, and collaborators. Discussions and projects focus on the ways in which these three roles are developed within the classroom and school community. Students meet as a cohort in weekly/bi-weekly seminars on campus.

Students should expect to spend a minimum of five hours per week in their assigned classroom (60+ hours) and become first aid/CPR certified. Other expectations for this course include, but not limited to, preparing a resumé, observing at other sites, attending professional conferences, starting a professional portfolio to document their achievement of professional teaching standards, completing additional assignments and readings.

HDFS 786 and 788 provide the student teaching experience in the spring semester of the senior year. Students should expect to spend a minimum of twenty-five hours per week (a minimum of 325+ hours total) in their assigned classrooms, gradually assuming increasing teaching responsibilities, culminating in the assumption of two to three lead-teaching weeks. Additional hours outside of actual classroom/program operation hours are expected for meeting and planning with cooperating teachers, preparing for teaching, and attending parent conferences and other school functions, as well as attending professional conferences. Seminars provide continued opportunity for reflection on students’ development as teacher candidates, reflecting on classroom practices, identifying teaching strengths and weaknesses, and planning their first professional appointment as teachers of young learners. Students should be prepared to meet weekly after school hours, and to complete and present their professional portfolio to faculty and related professionals in the field.


Requirements for Child Development Concentration P-3 Program

Abbreviation Course Number Title
HDFS   525   Human Development  
HDFS   545   Intimate Relationships and Families  
HDFS   623   Developmental Perspectives on Infancy and Early Childhood  
HDFS   635   Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Settings (56 classroom hours)  
HDFS   709   Child Development Internship at CSDC (140 classroom hours)  
HDFS   734   Curriculum for Young Children  
HDFS   743   Families, Schools, and Community  
HDFS   771   Observation and Assessment of Young Children  
HDFS   785   Seminar for Student Teachers - Fall Semester  
HDFS   786   Seminar for Student Teachers - Spring Semester  
HDFS   788   Student Teaching of Young Children - Spring Semester  
One Statistsics class     PSYC 402 -OR- SOC 502 -OR- HHS 540  


Additional Requirements for the P-3 Program

Abbreviation Course Number Title
EDUC   500   Exploring Teaching (with placement in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade)  
EDUC   741   Exploring Mathematics with Young Children (OR MATH 601)  
EDUC   706   Introduction to Reading in the Elementary School (with practicum in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade)  
EDUC   760   Introduction to Children with Special Needs  
EDUC   703M   Teaching Elementary School Social Studies (with focus on 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade)  
EDUC   703F   Teaching Elementary School Science (with focus on 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade)  
MATH   601   Exploring Math for Teachers (OR EDUC 741)  

* These courses are subject to change to meet state certification requirements in subsequent years.



Human Development and Family Studies Minors

 

 


1. General - Human Development and Family Studies

The department offers a minor in human development and family studies to interested students in related majors. Minor requirements include HDFS 525, Human Development; HDFS 545, Intimate Relationships and Families; and three additional courses chosen in consultation with a departmental adviser. 

Individual course grades must be C or above, and the overall grade-point average for the 20 human development and family studies credits must be at least 2.0.


2. Adolescent and Youth Development

The interdisciplinary minor in adolescent and youth development is offered by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the Department of Recreation Management and Policy. The minor is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills regarding adolescence and youth development. 

Required courses offer a foundation in theory, research, and practice for all minors. Students select three additional courses from a wide array of more specialized offerings from collaborating departments. To assist students in developing a cohesive plan of study for their minor, a simple application process is required. Only students who have completed the required coursework will be identified as having achieved a minor in adolescent and youth development. 


HDFS Majors Minoring in Adolescence & Youth Dev, Req Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title
HDFS   624   Developmental Perspectives on Adolescence and Early Adulthood  
RMP   668   Youth Culture and Programs  


HDFS Major Minoring in Adol & Youth Dev, Choose 3 electives

Abbreviation Course Number Title
EDUC   507   Mentoring Adolescents  
EDUC   710C   Youth Organizations  
EDUC   717   Growing Up Male in America  
EDUC   735   Young Adult Literature  
EDUC   797   Seminar in Early Adolescent Development  
HDFS   797   Special Topics in Family Studies - Approved Sections Only  
JUST   701   Special Topics - Approved Sections Only  
KIN   565   Principles of Coaching  
PSYC   791   Adolescent Psychology  
RMP   558   Program Supervision and Leadership  
RMP   560   Recreational Sport Management  
RMP   563   Practicum**  
RMP   707   Practicum**  
RMP   730   Camp Administration and Leadership  
RMP   760   Community Sports Organizations: Administration & Development  
SOC   525   Juvenile Crime and Delinquency  
SOC   773   Sociology of Childhood  
SW   705   Adolescent Risk and Resiliency  

* Some courses may require prerequisites or permission.

** Only one practicum may be applied toward the minor.



3. Child Life

The interdisciplinary child life minor is offered by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the therapeutic recreation option of the Department of Recreation Management and Policy. Upon completion of course requirements for the minor, students are able to sit for the Child Life Specialist exam. 
 


HDFS Majors Minoring in Child Life - Required Courses:

Abbreviation Course Number Title
RMP   502   Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation  
HDFS   525   Human Development  
HDFS   565   Introduction to Child Life*  
HDFS   710   Internship under the Supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist  

* Offered every other spring.



HDFS Majors Minoring in Child Life - Choose Two Electives:

Abbreviation Course Number Title
RMP   501   Leisure Services for Individuals with Disabilities  
RMP   503   Therapeutic Recreation: Rehabilitation and Interventions  
RMP   504   Therapeutic Recreation: Mental Health  
RMP   603   Assessment and Treatment Planning in TP with RMP 602 Clinical Treatment Lab 1  
RMP   604   Therapeutic Communication and Facilitation Techniques in TR with RMP 605 Clinical Treatment Lab II  


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