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College of Human Ecology


Department of Child Development and Family Relations


Cynthia Johnson, Chairperson, 108 Rivers Building

The Department of Child Development and Family Relations offers course work in partial fulfillment of the Family Life Education Certification from the National Council on Family Relations, the Infant-Toddler Program Personnel Certification from the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Child Life Certification from the Association for the Care of Children’s Health, and teacher licensure in family and consumer sciences education and birth-kindergarten teacher education from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

BS in Birth Through Kindergarten Teacher Education

Freshmen may declare birth through kindergarten (BK) teacher education as their major. Transfer students must have completed at least 12 s.h. at East Carolina University with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 to declare. Prior to enrolling in selected courses, all BK majors must be admitted to the Upper Division of Teacher Education. Requirements for admission to upper division include, but are not limited to, satisfactory scores on all parts of PRAXIS I, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and demonstration of computer competency. In addition, BK majors must achieve a minimum grade of C in all courses required for the major.

A semester-long internship is the culminating experience for BK Teacher Education majors. Applications for admission to internship (CDFR 4324, 4325) must be submitted to the internship coordinator one year prior to the semester in which the student will complete internship requirements. Prior to internship, BK majors must have completed the following courses with a minimum grade of C: CDFR 1103, 2000, 2123, 2124, 3150, 3306, 4200, 4320, 4321, 4322, 4323, 4406; EDTC 4001; EDUC 3200, 4400; ELEM 3249; CDFR 4303 or ELEM 3275; SPED 2000, 3005, 3510, 3511. Students who successfully complete all requirements and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 are recommended for BK licensure. A minimum grade of C in internship is required for licensure. Additional information about upper division, internship, and NC teacher licensure can be found in the College of Education section of this catalog and in the handbook, Welcome to Teacher Education.

The birth through kindergarten (BK) teacher education program is offered both on-campus and online. Online delivery is designed as a 2 + 2 degree-completion program that is administered in cohorts. To be admitted to a distance education (DE) cohort, individuals must first be admitted to ECU and complete a separate application for admission to the BS BK DE cohort. Criteria for admission to the BS BK DE cohort include completion of all foundations curriculum requirements, passing scores on all parts of PRAXIS I (or designated SAT or ACT scores,) computer competency, and reliable Internet access. BS BK DE cohorts begin first summer session each year. Information about the proposed schedule for offering courses online can be found at www.ecu.edu/che/cdfr. The BS in BK teacher education program requires on-campus attendance for orientation, admission to upper division interviews, and senior-year internship seminars.

Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows: (Note: These degree requirements are subject to change beginning Fall 2010 pending NC State Board of Education approval of revised licensure program requirements. Students should consult their departmental advisor for specific program information.)

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (See Section 4, Foundations Curriculum Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degree Programs), including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on mathematics placement test) or MATH 2127. Basic Concepts of Mathematics (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on mathematics placement test)
    MUSC 3018. Introduction to Basic Music Skills for Elementary School Teachers (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    Choose a history course (FC:SO)
    Choose a literature course (except children’s literature) (FC:HU)
    COMM 2410. Public Speaking (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA) or COMM 2420. Business and Professional Communication (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
  2. Professional studies - 29 s.h.
    CDFR 2123. Early Experience in Birth through Kindergarten Education (1) (F)
    CDFR 4323. Kindergarten Curriculum (3) (F) (P: Admission to upper division; CDFR 3150)
    CDFR 4324. Internship in Birth Through Kindergarten Education (10) (F,S) (P: Admission to upper division; CDFR 3306, 4321, 4322, 4323, 4406; professional studies courses; CDFR 4303 or ELEM 3275; C: CDFR 4325)
    CDFR 4325. Internship Seminar: Issues in Birth-Kindergarten Education (2) (F,S) (P: Admission to upper division; C: CDFR 4324)
    EDTC 4001. Technology in Education (2) (F,S,SS) (P: Admission to upper division)
    EDUC 3200. Introduction to American Education (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (P: Early experience course or consent of instructor)
    EDUC 4400. Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment (3) (F,S) (P: Admission to upper division)
    ELEM 3249. Literacy Development in Early Childhood (3) (F,S)(P: Admission to upper division)
    SPED 2000. Introduction to Exceptional Children (2) (F,S,SS)
  3. Specialty Area Studies - 33 s.h.
    CDFR 1103. Marriage and Family Relations (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 2000. Child Development I: Prenatal Through Early Childhood (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 2124. Interaction Techniques for Working with Young Children (2) (F,S) (P: CDFR major)
    CDFR 3150. Introduction to Early Childhood Intervention (3) (F,S) (P: CDFR 1103, 2000)
    CDFR 3306. Guiding Children’s Behavior (3) (F,S,SS) (P: CDFR 2000)
    CDFR 4200. Developmental and Educational Assessment of Young Children (3) (WI) (F) (P: CDFR 3150)
    CDFR 4320. Practicum in Teaching Birth-Kindergarten in the Public Schools (1) (F,S) (P: Admission to upper division)
    CDFR 4321. Infant and Toddler Curriculum (3) (S) (P: CDFR 3150)
    CDFR 4322. Preschool Methods and Materials (3) (F,S) (P: CDFR 3150)
    CDFR 4406. Parent-Professional Collaboration (3) (F) (WI) (P: CDFR 4200)
    CDFR 4408. Administration of Programs for Young Children (3) (F) (P: CDFR 4321 or 4322)
    3 s.h. advisor-approved CDFR electives
  4. Cognates - 9-10 s.h.
    CDFR 4303. Families and Cultural Diversity (3) (F,S) (P: CDFR 1103) or ELEM 3275. Early Childhood and Elementary School Curriculum (3) (F,S,SS) (P: Sophomore standing; P/C: CDFR 2123 or ELEM 2123)
    SPED 3005. Instructional Programming in Special Education (3) (F,SS) (P: SPED 2000)
    CDFR 4300. Birth through Kindergarten Curriculum Adaptations for Diverse Learners (3) (S) (P: CDFR 3150) or SPED 3510. Methods in Early Childhood Special Education (3) (S) (P: Admission to upper division; SPED 3000; C: SPED 3511) and SPED 3511. Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education (1) (S) (P: Admission to upper division; C: SPED 3510)
  5. Advisor approved electives to complete requirements for graduation.

BS in Child Life

Freshman and transfer students may declare child life as a major. Other ECU students must have a 2.5 GPA in order to change from another major to child life. Child life majors who have completed 45 s.h. must maintain a 2.5 GPA. A child life major who has a GPA of less than 2.5 for two consecutive semesters will not be allowed to continue in the program. Prior to internship (CDFR 4415), students must have completed the following courses with a minimum grade of C: CDFR 2021, 3413, 4210. Students must have a 2.5 GPA to enroll in the child life internship and to graduate as a child life major. (Note: Completion of a BS degree with a major in child life does not include certification as a child life specialist. The Child Life Certifying Committee of the Child Life Council oversees the administration of the certification examination. The Department of Child Development and Family Relations will verify completion of degree requirements, but meeting other requirements for certification is the responsibility of each candidate.) Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows.

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (See Section 4, Foundations Curriculum Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degree Programs), including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    BIOL 2130. Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy (4) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: BIOL 1050, 1051; or 1100, 1101)
    COMM 2410. Public Speaking (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA) or COMM 2420. Business and Professional Communication (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    MUSC 3018. Introduction to Basic Music Skills for Elementary School Teachers (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    SOCI 2110. Introduction to Sociology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
  2. Core - 56 s.h.
    CDFR 1103. Marriage and Family Relations (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 2000. Child Development I: Prenatal Through Early Childhood (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 2001. Child Development II: Middle Childhood Through Young Adulthood (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 2021. Introduction to Child Life (2) (S) (P: Intended Child Life major)
    CDFR 3002. Child in the Family (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 3150. Introduction to Early Childhood Intervention (3) (F,S) (P: CDFR 2000 or 2001)
    CDFR 3413. The Hospitalized Child (3) (WI) (F) (P: Child Life major; CDFR 2000, 2001, 2021)
    CDFR 4200. Development and Educational Assessment of Young Children (3) (WI) (F) (P: CDFR 3150)
    CDFR 4210. Child Life Practicum (3) (F,S,SS) (P: Child Life major; CDFR 3413, 4996, 4997)
    CDFR 4303. Families and Cultural Diversity (3) (F,S) (P: CDFR 1103)
    CDFR 4321. Infant and Toddler Curriculum (3) (F) (P: CDFR 3150) or CDFR 4322. Preschool Methods and Materials (3) (S) (P: CDFR 3150)
    CDFR 4415. Child Life Internship (12) (F,S,SS) (P: Child Life major, CDFR 4210, 4996, 4997)
    CDFR 4996, 4997. Child-Family Internship and Laboratory (3,0) (F,S,SS) (P: CDFR 2000, 3002, 4321 or 4322)
    NUTR 1000. Contemporary Nutrition (3)
    6 s.h. advisor-approved electives
  3. Cognates - 8 s.h.
    HIMA 3000. Medical Terminology for Health Professionals (3) (F,S,SS)
    PSYC 2201. Psychology of Childhood (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060 or equivalent)
    Choose a 3 s.h. advisor-approved computer course
  4. Restricted electives (Choose from the following.) - 9 s.h.
    ANTH 3252. Medical Anthropology (3) (OY) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor) or SOCI 3327. Introductory Medical Sociology (3) (FC:SO) (P: SOCI 2110 or consent of instructor)
    ART 3850. Art in the Elementary School (3) (F,S,SS) (P: Junior standing)
    ASLS 2020. Sign Language Studies I (3) (F,S,SS)
    CSDI 2100. Introduction to Communication Disorders (3) (F,S,SS)
    CSDI 3020. Language Development (3) (F)
    ENGL 4950. Literature for Children (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    HLTH 2125, 2126. Safety Education and First Aid (3,0) (F,S,SS)
    LIBS 3200. The Art of Storytelling (3) (S)
    MUSC 3028. Music Education in Elementary Grades (2) (F,S,SS) (P: MUSC 3018)
    MUSC 3048. Music for Exceptional Children (2) (F,S,SS)
    MUSC 3058. Music for the Preschool Child (3) (SS) (P: MUSC 3018 or consent of instructor)
    MUSC 4277. Music for Group Activities (2) (F) (C: MUSC 4287)
    MUSC 4287. Music for Group Activities Practicum (1) (F) (C: MUSC 4277)
    PSYC 5380. Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    RCLS 2000. Introduction to Leisure Services (3) (F,S)
    SPAN 2117. Spanish for Professionals (3) (P: SPAN 1004 or consent of chair)
    SPED 2000. Introduction to Exceptional Children (2) (F,S,SS)
    SPED 2102. Introduction to Mental Retardation (3) (F,S,SS)
  5. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.

BS in Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Freshmen may declare family and consumer sciences (FACS) teacher education as their major. Transfer students must have completed at least 12 s.h. at East Carolina University with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 to declare. Prior to enrolling in selected courses, all FACS students must be admitted to the Upper Division of Teacher Education. Requirements for admission to upper division include, but are not limited to, satisfactory scores on PRAXIS 1, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and demonstration of computer competency. In addition, FACS majors must achieve a minimum grade of C in all courses required for the major. Applications for admission to internship must be submitted to the internship coordinator one year prior to the semester in which the student will complete internship requirements. For admission to internship, FACS majors must have a minimum grade of C in the early experience (FACS 2123), methods courses (FACS 4323, FACS 4317), and EDUC 3200. A minimum grade of C in internship (FACS 4324) is required for licensure. Additional information about upper division, internship, and licensure can be found in the College of Education section of this catalog and in the handbook, Welcome to Teacher Education. Students must also be certified in Community First Aid & Safety and Community CPR by the American Red Cross. Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows: (Note: These degree requirements are subject to change beginning Fall 2010 pending NC State Board of Education approval of revised licensure program requirements. Students should consult their departmental advisor for specific program information.)

  1. Foundations curriculum and special requirements for certification (See Section 4, Foundations Curriculum Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degree Programs), including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    ART 1001. Color and Design (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    COMM 2410. Public Speaking (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    ECON 2113. Principles of Microeconomics (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) or SOCI 2110. Introduction to Sociology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on mathematics placement test) or MATH 2127. Basic Concepts of Mathematics (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on mathematics placement test)
    PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    PSYC 3206. Developmental Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    Choose a history course (FC:SO)
    Choose a literature course (FC:HU)
  2. Professional studies - 33 s.h.
    EDTC 4001. Technology in Education (2) (F,S) (P: Admission to upper division)
    EDUC 3200. Introduction to American Education (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: Early experience course or consent of instructor)
    EDUC 4400. Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment (3) (F,S) (P: Admission to upper division)
    FACS 2123. Early Experiences for the Prospective Teacher in Family and Consumer Sciences (1) (S)
    FACS 4317. Curriculum Development (3) (F) (P: FACS 2123)
    FACS 4323. Methods of Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences (3) (F) (P: Declared major and admission to upper division)
    FACS 4324. Internship in Family and Consumer Sciences Education (10) (S) (P: Admission to upper division; FACS 4323; C: FACS 4325)
    FACS 4325. Internship Seminar: Issues in Family and Consumer Sciences Education (2) (S) (P: Admission to upper division, FACS 4323; C: FACS 4324)
    READ 3990. Teaching Reading in the Content Areas in the Secondary School (2) (F,S,SS)
    SPED 2000. Introduction to Exceptional Children (2) (F,S,SS)
    SPED 4010. Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom (2) (F,S) (P: Admission to upper division; SPED 2000)
  3. Core - 37 s.h.
    CDFR 1103. Marriage and Family Relations (3) (F,S,SS) or SOCI 1025. Courtship and Marriage (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 2000. Child Development I: Prenatal Through Early Childhood (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 3002. Child in the Family (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 3215. The Family as Consumers (3) (S) (P: CDFR 1103)
    CDFR 4366. Family Life Education (3) (F,S) (P: Junior or senior standing; CDFR major)
    CDFR 4390. Family Resource Management (3) (S) (F)
    FACS 1180. Housing and Interior Design (3) (F) (P: FCS major)
    FACS 2003. Apparel Construction for Secondary Education (2) (F) (C: FACS 2004)
    FACS 2004. Apparel Construction for Secondary Education Laboratory (1) (F) (C: FACS 2003)
    MRCH 2239. Apparel and Human Behavior (3) or MRCH 3003. Special Topics (3) (F) (P: Consent of instructor; may vary by topic offered)
    NUTR 1000. Contemporary Nutrition (3)
    NUTR 2110. Principles of Food Preparation (3) (F,S,SS)
    NUTR 2111. Principles of Food Preparation Laboratory (1) (F,S,SS)
    NUTR 3110. Introduction to Quantity Food Management (3) (F,S) (P: NUTR 1000 or 2105; HMGT 2110)
  4. Specialty Courses - 4 s.h.
    FACS 4410. Professional Seminar (1) (F,S) (P: FACS major; junior standing)
    FACS 4411. Professional Internship (3) (F,S) (P: FACS 4410)
  5. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.

BS in Family and Community Services

Freshmen may declare family and community services as their major. The family and community services program is also offered in the 2 plus 2 degree-completion format. Students must attain a minimum cumulative 2.25 GPA to be admitted to family and community services. Transfer students must have completed at least 12 s.h. at East Carolina University and a minimum GPA of 2.25 to declare. Retention as a major requires maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.25 GPA. A family and community services major who has a cumulative GPA of less than 2.25 for two consecutive semesters will not be allowed to continue in the program. In addition, students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all CDFR courses required for the major and NUTR 1000.

Students in Family Community Services may select one of two options: family studies or child development: early intervention. The family studies option is intended for those interested in work with community agencies that provide a broad array of services to families. The child development: early intervention option is intended for those interested in work with community agencies that provide a variety of services to children ages birth through eight years. (Note: Students who meet course requirements for the certification in family life education must make application to the National Council on Family Relations. The Department of Child Development and Family Relations will verify completion of degree requirements, but meeting other requirements for certification is the responsibility of each student.)

Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (See Section 4, Foundations Curriculum Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degree Programs), including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    COMM 2410. Public Speaking (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA) or COMM 2420. Business and Professional Communications (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
  2. Core - 30 s.h.
    CDFR 1103. Marriage and Family Relations (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 2000. Child Development I: Prenatal Through Early Childhood (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 2280. Introduction to Child, Family, and Community Services (3) (F)
    CDFR 2400. Introduction to Gerontology (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 3002. Child in the Family (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 3290. Theory and Practice in Family and Community Services (3) (F,S) (P: CDFR 2280; FCS major)
    CDFR 4000. Introduction to Child and Family Research (3) (F) (P: FCS major; foundations curriculum math requirement)
    CDFR 4303. Families and Cultural Diversity (3) (F,S) (P: CDFR 1103)
    NUTR 1000. Contemporary Nutrition (3)
    Choose a 3 s.h. advisor-approved computer course.
  3. Choose one of the following options: Family Studies or Child Development/Early Intervention
    Family Studies Option - 33 s.h.
    CDFR 2001. Child Development II: Middle Childhood Through Young Adulthood (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 2400. Introduction to Gerontology (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 3215. The Family As Consumers (3) (S) (P: CDFR 1103) or CDFR 4390. Family Resource Management (3) (S) (P: CDFR major)
    CDFR 4313. Trends and Issues in Family Studies (3) (F,S,SS) (P: CDFR 1103)
    CDFR 4366. Family Life Education (3) (F) (P: FCS major; junior or senior standing; CDFR 3290; P/C: CDFR 4000)
    CDFR 4007. Public Policy and Legal Issues Affecting Families (3) (S) (P: CDFR major; junior or senior standing)
    CDFR 4400 Families, Sexuality, and Gender Roles(3) (F,S) (P: CDFR 1103; junior or senior standing)
    CDFR 4001. Community Service Internship (8) (WI) (F,S) (P: Senior standing; FCS major; CDFR 4366; 2.25 GPA; C: 4410)
    CDFR 4410. Professional Seminar (1) (WI) (F,S) (P: Senior standing; CDFR major; CDFR 4366; C: CDFR 4001)
    3 s.h. of advisor-approved CDFR electives
    Child Development: Early Intervention Option - 33 s.h.
    CDFR 2124. Interaction Techniques for Working with Young Children (2) (F,S) (P: CDFR major)
    CDFR 3150. Introduction to Early Childhood Intervention (3) (F,S) (P: CDFR 1103, 2000)
    CDFR 3306. Guiding Children’s Behavior (3) (F,S,SS) (P: CDFR 2000)
    CDFR 4200. Developmental and Educational Assessment of Young Children (3) (WI) (S) (P: CDFR 3150)
    CDFR 4300. Birth through Kindergarten Curriculum Adaptations for Diverse Learners (3) (S) (P: CDFR 3150; 4321 or 4322)
    CDFR 4321. Infant and Toddler Curriculum (3) (S) (P: CDFR 3150) or CDFR 4322. Preschool Methods and Materials (3) (F,S) (P: CDFR 3150)
    CDFR 4406. Parent-Professional Collaboration (3) (WI) (F) (P: CDFR 4200)
    CDFR 4408. Administration of Programs for Young Children (3) (F) (P: CDFR 4321 or 4322) 3 s.h. advisor-approved CDFR electives
    CDFR 4002. Child Development / early Intervention Internship (8) (F,S) (P: Senior standing; FCS major; 2.25 GPA; CDFR 4406)
    SPED 2000. Introduction to Exceptional Children (2) (F,S,SS)
  4. Minor or approved concentration - 24 s.h.
  5. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.

Child Development and Family Relations Minor

The minor in child development and family relations requires 24 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Core - 12 s.h.
    CDFR 1103. Marriage and Family Relations (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 2000. Child Development I: Prenatal Through Early Childhood (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 2001. Child Development II: Middle Childhood through Young Adulthood (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 3002. Child in the Family (3) (F,S,SS)
  2. Electives from child development and family relations courses above 2999 - 12 s.h.