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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2014-2015

College of Health and Human Services

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Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

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Chairperson: Kerry Kazura
Associate Professor: Barbara R. Frankel, Michael F. Kalinowski, Kerry Kazura, Corinna Jenkins Tucker
Assistant Professor: Lisa Porter Kuh, Erin Hiley Sharp
Clinical Associate Professor: Mark Moses
Extension Professor: Charlotte W. Cross

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 life span development, the social and economic roles of families, child advocacy, teacher and parent education, and intervention programs that support 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 both students and the larger community.

Students learn about families through integration of developmental, theoretical, and empirical information. The department offers a B.S. degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Each student selects from one of four specializations, each of which offers unique opportunities. Students prepare for positions in family service organizations, educational settings and programs, corporations, and government agencies. Each specialization has entry-level criteria and specific course requirements. All require close consultation with a faculty adviser. Any changes or updates are posted on our website.

The preschool/third grade teaching certification (P-3) and the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) programs are highly structured and may have limited enrollment. Acceptance to these programs and to internships and practica is restricted to students demonstrating exceptional potential for working with children and families.

Child Advocacy & Family Policy Specialization

This specialization focuses on analyzing and solving problems related to children and their families, with a primary emphasis on unmet needs. The goal is for students to complete their degree with a detailed understanding of human development, family relations, educational and government initiatives and regulations, cultural differences, statistics, politics, and effective communication strategies. The child advocacy and family policy specialization is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as advocates or policy generalists, or to pursue a graduate degree.

Discovery Program/General Education
Please see the human development and family studies website for guidelines regarding Discovery/General Education courses.

Internships
Internships are chosen under the guidance of the specialization coordinator, and placement will be made with a state advocacy-related office. Some organizations may require a criminal background check before intern 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.

Capstone Courses
The FS 712/714 internship serves as the senior capstone experience for the child advocacy and family policy specialization.
 


Departmental Requirements

Abbreviation Course Number Title
HDFS   525   Human Development  
HDFS   545   Family Relations  
HDFS   760   Family Programs and Policies  
HDFS   772   International Approaches to Child Advocacy  
HDFS   773   International Perspectives on Families and Young Children  
HDFS   712/714   Internship*  

*Spring or summer semester; 712 is 4-8 credits, 714 is 2 credits.



One Course from Each of the Following Groups:

Abbreviation Course Number Title
1.   HDFS 553   Personal and Family Finance for Family Life Educators - OR -  
  HDFS 653   Family Economics  
2.   HDFS 623   Developmental Perspectives on Infancy and Early Childhood - OR -  
  HDFS 624   Developmental Perspectives on Adolescence and Early Adulthood  
3.   HDFS 641   Parenting Across the Lifespan - OR -  
  HDFS 746   Human Sexuality - OR -  
  HDFS 757   Race, Class, Gender, and Families  
4.   HDFS 776   Children, Adolescents, and the Law* - OR -  
  HDFS 794   Families and the Law  

* Not offered every year



Major Requirement - One Course in Statistics

Abbreviation Course Number Title
PSYC   402   Statistics in Psychology - OR -  
SOC   502   Statistics - OR -  
HHS   540   Statistics for Health and Human Service Professionals  


Supporting Courses - Choose ONE from Each Group:

Abbreviation Course Number Title
1.   ENGL 502   Professional and Technical Writing - OR -  
  ENGL 503   Persuasive Writing - OR -  
  CMN 456   Propaganda and Persuasion  
2.   CSL 401   Introduction to Community Service and Leadership - OR -  
  CSL 402   Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations - OR -  
  CSL 404   Managing Change and Conflict in Communities - OR -  
  CSL 508   Essentials of Fundraising for Community-Based Organizations - AND -  
  CSL 509   Essentials of Grant Writing for Community-Based Organizations  
3.   SW 705   Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy & Practice - OR -  
  PSYC 581   Child Development  
4.   HDFS 635   Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Settings - OR -  
  EDUC 500   Exploring Teaching - OR -  
  EDUC 507   Mentoring Adolescents  
  AND   Electives as approved by student's adviser  


Family Support/Provisional CFLE Specialization

This specialization is intended for students interested in working with children, adolescents, and adults, either as individuals or as families. Students in the family support specialization develop knowledge and skills to prepare them to provide family support, direct services, and family life education. 

Certified Family Life Educator
Students in the family support specialization are encouraged to participate in the provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) component.  The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) has approved the Department of Human Development and Family Studies’ undergraduate program as meeting the standards and criteria required for the provisional CFLE designation. Certified 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 designation recognizes expertise in a broad range of issues that constitute family life education and increases credibility by validating the individual’s education and experience. Students may apply to NCFR for provisional CFLE designation upon completion of required coursework.

Discovery Program/General Education
Please see the human development and family studies website for guidelines regarding Discovery/General Education courses.

Internship
Students accepted into the CFLE program are required to complete the Family Internship, including the Family Internship courses.  Students who are not in the CFLE program may also choose to complete the Family Internship.

In the Family Internship (FS 782), students will apply knowledge gained from their academic studies in a supervised environment. The optional internship involves a commitment of sixteen hours per week for two semesters, plus a three-hour seminar (FS 792) every other week.  In addition, some organizations may require 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. 

If you are planning to study abroad as well as complete the Family Internship, you must speak with Corinna Tucker or Tyler Jamison prior to making plans to go abroad.

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 with a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.0 and a departmental grade-point average of 3.2 or higher.  Internship courses (782/792) count toward the 20 credits required in supporting courses.

Capstone Courses


Departmental Requirements

Abbreviation Course Number Title
HDFS   525   Human Development*  
HDFS   545   Family Relations*  
HDFS   641   Parenting Across the Lifespan*  
HDFS   746   Human Sexuality*  
HDFS   757   Race, Class, Gender, and Families*  
HDFS   760   Family Programs and Policies*  

* Required for provisional CFLE designation.



One Course from Each Group. Total of Three 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 586   Families at Risk  
  HDFS 553   Personal and Family Finance for Family Life Professionals  
  HDFS 797   Special Topics (as approved by adviser)  
3.   HDFS 794   Families and the Law  
  HDFS 776   Children, Adolescents and the Law  

* Required for provisional CFLE designation.



Major Requirement - One Course in Statistics

Abbreviation Course Number Title
PSYC   402   Statistics in Psychology - OR -  
SOC   502   Statistics - OR -  
HHS   540   Statistics for Health and Human Service Professionals  


Supporting Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title
HDFS   776   Children, Adolescents, and the Law (not offered every year)  
HDFS   782   Family Internship*  
HDFS   792   Seminar for Family Interns*  
    Gerontology Minor  
    Research Methods (such as PSYC 502)  
CMN   730   Family Communication (OR PSYC 762)  
NURS   535   Death and Dying  
PSYC   552   Social Psychology  
PSYC   582   Adult Development and Aging  
PSYC   762   Counseling (OR CMN 730)  
SOC   525   Juvenile Crime and Delinquency  
SOC   540   Private Troubles, Public Issues: Contemporary Social Problems  
SOC   675   Sociology of AIDS  
SW   525   Social Welfare Policy: History of Social and Economic Justice  
SW   697A, B, or C   Special Topics in Social Welfare  

* Required for provisional CFLE designation.



Lifespan Development Specialization

This specialization is intended for students with a broad interest in working with families. The lifespan development specialization 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 life span development and family dynamics.

Senior Capstone Course
FS 757, Race, Class, Gender, and Families


Departmental Requirements

Abbreviation Course Number Title
HDFS   525   Human Development  
HDFS   545   Family Relations  
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  
HDFS   794   Families and the Law  


Major Requirement - One Course in Statistics

Abbreviation Course Number Title
PSYC   402   Statistics in Psychology - OR -  
SOC   502   Statistics - OR -  
HHS   540   Statistics for Health and Human Service Professionals  


Supporting Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title
HDFS   760   Family Programs and Policies  
HDFS   776   Children, Adolescents, and the Law (not offered every year)  
HDFS   782   Family Internship  
HDFS   792   Family Internship Seminar  
    Research Methods (such as PSYC 502)  
NURS   535   Death and Dying  
PSYC   552   Social Psychology  
PSYC   581   Child Development  
PSYC   582   Adult Development and Aging  
SOC   540   Private Troubles, Public Issues: Contemporary Social Problems  
    One Foreign Language  
    Work with the Institute on Disability  


Child Development Specialization

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

Senior Capstone Course
The senior capstone course for child development students who do not enter the P-3 program is
FS 743, Families, Schools, and Community.


Departmental Requirements

Abbreviation Course Number Title
HDFS   525   Human Development  
HDFS   545   Family Relations  
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   733   Supervising Programs for Young Children  
HDFS   734   Curriculum for Young Children  
HDFS   743   Families, Schools, and Community  
HDFS   771   Observation and Assessment of Young Children  


Major Requirement - One Course in Statistics

Abbreviation Course Number Title
PSYC   402   Statistics in Psychology - OR -  
SOC   502   Statistics - OR -  
HHS   540   Statistics for Health and Human Service Professionals  


Supporting Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title
HDFS   757   Race, Class, Gender, and Families  
HDFS   760   Family Programs and Policies  
HDFS   772   International Approaches to Child Advocacy  
HDFS   773   International Perspectives on Families and Young Children  
HDFS   794   Families and the Law  
HDFS   797   Families in Poverty  
EDUC   500*   Exploring Teaching  
EDUC   703F   Alternative Teaching Models - Elementary School Science  
EDUC   703M   Alternative Teaching Models - Elementary School Social Studies  
EDUC   706   Introduction to Reading in the Elementary School  
EDUC   733   Introduction to the Teaching of Writing  
EDUC   734   Children's Literature  
EDUC   741   Exploring Mathematics with Young Children (OR MATH 601)  
EDUC   750   Introduction to Exceptionality  
EDUC   751A   Educating Exceptional Learners: Elementary  
EDUC   760   Introduction to Young Children with Special Needs  
MATH   601   Exploring Mathematics for Teachers (OR EDUC 741)  
PSYC   581   Child Development  
PSYC   780   Prenatal Development and Infancy  
PSYC   783   Cognitive Development  
PSYC   785   Social Development  
SOC   520   Family  
SOC   525   Juvenile Crime and Delinquency  
SOC   540   Private Troubles, Public Issues: Contemporary Social Problems  
SW   705   Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice  
THDA   583   Introduction to Puppetry  
THDA   622   Storytelling, Story Theatre, and Involvement Dramatics  

* May substitute FS 708 or FS 709 if student is not planning to apply to the P-3 program.



Child Development: Preschool - Third Grade Teacher Preparation Program

The Early Childhood Education Teacher Preparation (P-3) program prepares students for a career in teaching young children. Coursework for this program is designed to maximize in-classroom mentorship and to provide a broad range of exposure across the preschool to third-grade levels. However, student teaching will be in preschool and kindergarten settings. 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. Reciprocity of the P-3 certification with other states varies. Students interested in teaching in other states should contact each state directly.

This program requires 76 credits of pre-approved departmental and supporting coursework. Requirements and instructions for the application process for this program are detailed below. Students who wish to be considered for the P-3 Teacher Certification 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 Specialization 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 human development and family studies departmental website 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 I tests at the time of application in mid-February. Final admission will be given pending the submission of passing Praxis I test scores by the last day of final exams at the end of the junior year. (See additional certification information below.)

Senior Capstone Course
FS 788, Student Teaching of Young Children

A Note about Obtaining State Teacher Certification
Provisionally admitted P-3 teacher candidates are expected to submit passing Praxis I test scores by the last day of the UNH spring final exams of their junior year. All P-3 program teacher candidates are expected to take the Praxis II for ECE CONTENT prior to graduation. PLEASE NOTE that without the required set of passing Praxis I and II test scores, although students may graduate from UNH with a bachelor’s degree in family studies and have 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 at 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. Certification by the state is not an automatic event upon graduation and must be initiated by the teacher candidate. If certification by the state of New Hampshire is desired, P-3 teacher candidates must complete and mail in the necessary forms, which will be given to them at the end of the successful student teaching experience by the UNH Certification Officer. Issuance of a teaching certificate in many states is based upon the specific certificate received in the home state. If application is not made in a timely manner upon graduation, the teacher candidate is subject to any new requirements in place at the time of application.

P-3 Internship Course Descriptions
FS 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 three hours per week in their assigned classroom (42+ hours) and become first aid/CPR certified. Other expectations for this course include, but are not limited to, preparing a résumé, observing at other sites, attending professional conferences, starting a professional portfolio to document the achievement of professional teaching standards, and completing additional assignments and readings.

FS 786 and 788 provide the capstone student teaching experience in the spring semester of the senior year. Students should expect to spend a minimum of 24 hours per week (a minimum of 300 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 for their first professional appointment as teachers of young learners. Students should be prepared to meet weekly or bi-weekly on campus after school hours and to complete and present a professional portfolio to faculty and related professionals in the field.
 


P-3 Program Requirements (48 FS and 20 Supporting Credits)

Abbreviation Course Number Title
HDFS   525   Human Development  
HDFS   545   Family Relations  
HDFS   623   Developmental Perspectives on Infancy and Early Childhood  
HDFS   635   Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Settings (56 classroom hours)  
HDFS   708/709   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  


Major Requirement - One Course in Statistics

Abbreviation Course Number Title
PSYC   402   Statistics in Psychology - OR -  
SOC   502   Statistics - OR -  
HHS   540   Statistics for Health and Human Service Professionals  


Required P-3 Senior Year Internship (12 Credits)

Abbreviation Course Number Title
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  


Other Required Courses for P-3 Certification*

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)  
MATH   601   Exploring Math for Teachers (OR EDUC 741)  
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)  

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



Family Internship

The family internship is available to students in the family support and lifespan development specializations.

Internship students apply knowledge gained from their academic studies in a supervised environment. The family internship involves a commitment of 15 hours per week for two semesters, plus a three-hour seminar every other week. A current listing of internship sites is available in the departmental office.

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 with a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.0 and a departmental grade-point average of 3.2 or higher. Internship requirements vary depending on specialization. Internship courses are counted toward the 20 credits required in supporting courses.


Minor - 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
HDFS   525   Human Development  
HDFS   623   Introduction to Child Life*  
RMP   502   Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation  

* 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 Recation: 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  


Internship

Abbreviation Course Number Title
HDFS   710D   Internship under the Supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist  


Minor - Adolescence

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 submitted an application, been accepted into the minor, and completed the required coursework will be identified as having achieved a minor in adolescent and youth development. 


Required Courses:

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


Select THREE of the Following Courses:*

Abbreviation Course Number Title
EDUC   507   Mentoring Adolescents  
EDUC   710C   Youth Organizations  
EDUC   797   Seminar in Early Adolescent Development  
EDUC   717   Growing Up Male in America  
EDUC   735   Young Adult Literature  
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   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  
RMP   563   Practicum**  
RMP   707   Practicum**  

* Some courses may require prerequisites or permission.

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



Minor - 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 FS 525, Human Development; FS 545, Family Relations; 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. Students who wish to minor in human development and family studies are advised to consult with the department’s administrative manager as early as possible in their undergraduate studies.


Major Requirements

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

  1. FS 525, Human Development
  2. FS 545, Family Relations
  3. A minimum of nine human development and family studies courses, at least two of which must be at the 700 level
  4. A senior capstone experience; each human development and family studies specialization 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

Each specialization has required or recommended supporting courses. Some departmental specializations may specify Discovery/General Education courses because they enhance the plan of study. 

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery or General Education Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of their human development and family studies specialization.


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