Bachelor of Arts in Children's Studies

About

The Bachelor of Arts in Children’s Studies program includes several options to choose from. Each option has been designed for specific groups of students with different goals for the future.


Option A: Child Life and Health

The Child Life and Health option is designed for students pursuing certification in Child Life with the Association of Child Life Professionals and for those pursuing graduate work for future employment in medical fields working with children. Questions? Contact one of our program advisors: Belinda Hammond at bhammond4@ewu.edu or Katie Riley at  kriley14@ewu.edu.

Campuses: Cheney and Online


Option B: Child Services

The Child Services option is designed for students interested in pursuing work with children and/or families at the agency-level. The scope of applicable careers is vast—adoption agencies, district health and service agencies, court-appointed special advocates (CASA), program directors, agency support.

Campuses: Cheney and Online


Option C: Child and Family Support

The Child and Family Support option is designed for students interested in assisting young children and their families in accessing early learning opportunities. They would provide case management services; assist parents in meeting the needs of their children; empower parents in their roles as primary influences on their children’s education and development; and facilitate positive parent, school, and student relationships. Students who specialize in this option will receive a certificate in family support.

Campuses: Cheney and Online (beginning in Winter 2020)

Curriculum & Requirements

Children's Studies, Bachelor of Arts

The Children’s Studies Bachelor of Arts allows students to develop an enhanced and broadened perspective about children so they can have the flexibility to work with children in social service agencies and other child-focused programs.

Note:

  • enrollment in CDST 302 requires proof of a successfully completed background check;
  • two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college-level foreign language is required.
Required Core Courses
CDST 300FOUNDATIONS OF CHILDREN'S STUDIES–PART I2
CDST 302FOUNDATIONS OF CHILDREN'S STUDIES–PART 2 (enrollment requires successful complete of a background check.)3
CDST 325MINDFULNESS AND ALTERNATIVE PRACTICES FOR WORKING WITH CHILDREN5
CDST 330RESEARCH METHODS FOR STUDYING CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD4-5
or CSBS 320 STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
CDST/WMST 386CHILDREN AND THE FAMILY5
CDST 402CHILDREN'S RIGHTS, LAWS AND ETHICS5
GEOG 357THE GEOGRAPHY OF CHILDHOOD3
PSYC 305CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT4
Required Senior Capstone
CDST 490SENIOR CAPSTONE CHILDREN'S STUDIES 5
Required Option–choose option in accordance with residency limitations.24-36
Child Life and Health Option A—30–32 credits. Available to Cheney Campus students and Extended Campus students only.
INFANT AND TODDLER DEVELOPMENT
CHILD LIFE THEORY
PLAY AND PLAYWORK
CHILDREN'S LOSS AND GRIEF
CHILD LIFE PRACTICE INTERVENTION: ASSESSMENT, PREPARATION AND MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
CDST OPTION A INTERNSHIP AND FIELDWORK
Required Elective–choose one course from the following
VARIATIONS IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT: CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS IN HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
SCHOOL REINTEGRATION AND SUPPORT
PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE
TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
DISABILITY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY
CHILD ABUSE: RECOGNITION AND INTERVENTION STRATEGIES
Child Services Option B—24–26 credits. Available to Cheney Campus students and Extended Campus students.
ADOLESCENT ADDICTION ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT
CDST OPTION B INTERNSHIP
INTRODUCTION TO THE HELPING PROFESSIONS
CHILD ABUSE: RECOGNITION AND INTERVENTION STRATEGIES
CHILD WELFARE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
FAMILY VIOLENCE
Required Elective–choose one course from the following
AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES OF CHILDREN
GENDERS, SEXUALITIES AND BODIES
INTRODUCTION TO CHICANO CULTURE
LATINO FAMILY IN THE U.S.
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF RACE AND CULTURE
Child and Family Support Option C—34–36 credits. Available to Cheney Campus students and Bellevue Campus students.
TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
CDST OPTION C INTERNSHIP
DIVERSITY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
EARLY LITERACY
FOUNDATIONS OF DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICES
METHODS FOR IMPLEMENTING DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICES
CHILD ABUSE: RECOGNITION AND INTERVENTION STRATEGIES
CHILD WELFARE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION
ADVOCATING FOR FAMILIES OF YOUNG CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Total Credits60-73

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