Denise M. Brewer, Interim Chair
||Cheryl L. Lee
|Dionne S. Busio
||Rhonda D. Russell
|Patricia F. Hearron
||Carol S. Soulé
Family and Child Studies’ mission is to create a community of engagement around the capacity for learning and competence of children by exploring how children develop and learn in the context of their families and communities. Within this community, we prepare professionals who work with children and families across a variety of settings. Inspired by the pedagogical practices of Reggio Emilia, we aspire to create professionals who consider the cultures within which the child grows and develops. Students are supported in developing sensitivity to all through critical thinking and community engagement. By embracing our obligation to create healthy, just and sustainable societies, we equip our students to be knowledgeable, compassionate and dedicated in their professional endeavors; to respond to others with humility; and to recognize the dignity of all.
The Department of Family and Child Studies offers the following undergraduate degree programs:
Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development (non-licensure) with a concentration in Family and Consumer Sciences
Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development with a concentration in Birth Through Kindergarten (with teacher licensure)
Birth through Kindergarten (Licensure)
The teacher education program is accredited by CAEP and meets the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction standards for teaching licensure. A common core of subjects in liberal education, as well as in family and child studies, is required of all majors. The general education requirements are designed to provide instruction in the natural and social sciences, the arts and humanities, and general family and child studies areas. In all programs, families and individuals are the primary foci. The program offers educational preparation for professional careers, entry into continuing education programs, and graduate study.
In addition to program course work, the department is home for the Lucy Brock Child Development Laboratory Program.
The Lucy Brock Child Development Laboratory Program serves as a laboratory for child development students and for students from other university departments/programs as well. It provides opportunities for observation and direct experiences with children. Lucy Brock Child Development Laboratory Program uses best practices inspired by Reggio Emilia, including an emergent curriculum.
Students majoring in Child Development (non-licensure) and Child Development: Birth Through Kindergarten (licensure) are required to make a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher in all major requirements.
Child Development (Non-licensure)
The Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development (non-licensure) with a concentration in Family and Consumer Sciences is designed to give the student a broad base of knowledge about children and families. Majors will take courses in all areas of family and consumer sciences. Because of the broad base of courses and the number of electives including a variety of course opportunities across the university, advisors are able to help students prepare for exciting careers working with children and families. Within the major, students select from at least one area of focus: lnfant/Toddler, PreK/Kindergarten, Middle Childhood, and Child Development Research.
ProgramsBachelor of ScienceMinor
CoursesFamily and Consumer Sciences