Department Chair: Paul Schvaneveldt
Location: McKay Education Building, Room 204
Telephone Contact: Melinda Bowers 801-626-7151
Advisor: Darcy Gregg 801-626-6411
Professors: Chloe Merrill, Paul Schvaneveldt; Associate Professor: Randy Chatelain; Assistant Professors: Teri Henke, Daniel Hubler, Jared Lisonbee, Neal Nguyen, Carrie Ota, Pamela Payne, Wei Qiu; Instructor: Joyce Buck
The Department of Child and Family Studies offers a broad personal and professional education by providing majors in the following areas: Early Childhood (Bachelor’s and Associate of Applied Science), Early Childhood Education, and Family Studies. Minors in Child Development and Family Studies are also offered. Family studies is also an area available for a Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS).
Learning is enhanced by the Melba S. Lehner Children’s School where preschool laboratory experience is provided for practical application. Practical experience is built into all areas of study. Honors credit is available for students who desire greater depth. Preparation for graduate study can be pursued in any area represented in the department.
Child and Family Studies Department Policies
All Child and Family Studies courses must have been taken within the last 10 years to count towards major/minor requirements.
The Child and Family Studies Department will only accept two non-articulated transfer courses for the major/minor.
If a grade in a Child and Family Studies major/minor course does not meet the minimum requirement for graduation, the student may retake the course once. In special circumstances, by the judgment of the department chair, the student may petition the Family Studies or Early Childhood Committee, as appropriate, to graduate with the lower grade.
All students with a major/minor in Child & Family Studies are strongly encouraged to contact the department academic advisor in McKay Education Building room 248 (801-626-6411) early in their academic career for advisement and declaration of a major and/or minor.
If a grade in a major course does not meet the minimum requirement for graduation, the student may retake the course once. In special circumstances, by the judgment of the department chair, the student may petition to the Family Studies or Early Childhood Committee, as appropriate, to graduate with the lower grade.
Early Childhood Laboratory
The Melba S. Lehner Children’s School serves as an early childhood laboratory to give students practical experience in early childhood environments. Students must complete Child and Family Studies prerequisite major courses at a C level or better and apply to the Director of the Melba S. Lehner Children’s School two semesters prior to student teaching. Other practical experience can be arranged with a faculty advisor.
Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Students wanting licensure in both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education are encouraged to complete a double major. All course requirements must be completed for both majors, which include only one semester of student teaching EDUC 4840 - Student Teaching in Elementary Education (K and 1-3) and EDUC 4850 - Integrated Elementary Education Student Teaching Seminar and Synthesis . Students will complete the Early Childhood Education requirements, either GEOG 1300 SS/DV - Places and Peoples of the World or GEOG 1520 SS/DV - Geography of the United States and Canada . Also, students should take CHF 3500 - Young Children at Risk prior to Level 1. Please see the CHF department academic advisor for additional coursework and information.
ProgramsAssociate of Applied ScienceBachelor of ScienceEmphasis Option for Bachelor of Integrated Studies
BIS emphases are also offered for most programs with a minor.MinorHonors, Departmental