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: Community Programming for Children

The Community Programming for Children option is designed for students who want to pursue community-based work in learning and development. Our students learn how to identify, write, and facilitate grants for community programs, use community-based research to inform the development of programming, conduct needs assessments and program evaluations, and employ various direct strategies and techniques specific to working with children in the community. Students will take courses in education, special education and complete coursework focused on community programs’ development and facilitation. Many of our students pursue graduate school opportunities and become family support specialists, community development specialists, and associate directors of community early learning programs. Questions? Contact Mary Ward Lupinacci at mwardlupinacci@ewu.edu.

Campuses: Cheney and Online (beginning in Winter 2020)

Curriculum & Requirements

Children's Studies, Bachelor of Arts

The Children’s Studies Bachelor of Arts provides a comprehensive foundation for the study of children and childhood. Program options allow students to focus their studies in areas of child life and health, child services, and community programming for children.

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 303INFANT AND TODDLER DEVELOPMENT4
CDST 304GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT THROUGH CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE4
CDST 310GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES OF CHILDREN5
CDST 325MINDFULNESS AND ALTERNATIVE PRACTICES FOR WORKING WITH CHILDREN5
CDST 330RESEARCH METHODS FOR STUDYING CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD4
CDST/GWSS 386CHILDREN AND THE FAMILY5
CDST 402CHILDREN'S RIGHTS, LAWS AND ETHICS5
CDST 438TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES5
Required Option31-37
Option A: Child Life and Health
CHILD LIFE THEORY
CHILDREN'S LOSS AND GRIEF
THERAPEUTIC PLAY
PEDIATRIC MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
CHILD LIFE PRACTICE ASSESSMENT AND PREPARATION
CDST OPTION A INTERNSHIP AND FIELDWORK (4 credit minimum required)
CHILD LIFE PRACTICUM AND INTERNSHIP
Required Elective–choose one course from the following
SCHOOL REINTEGRATION AND SUPPORT
PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE
NON-TRADITIONAL CHILD LIFE
Option B: Child Services
ADOLESCENT ADDICTION ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT
CDST OPTION B INTERNSHIP
INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
DISABILITY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY
INTRODUCTION TO THE HELPING PROFESSIONS
CHILD ABUSE: RECOGNITION AND INTERVENTION STRATEGIES
FAMILY VIOLENCE
Required Elective–choose one course from the following
AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY
BODIES, SOCIALIZATION AND CULTURE
LATINO FAMILY IN THE U.S.
Option C: Community Programming for Children
FOUNDATIONS OF NATURE-BASED LEARNING
PLAY AND PLAYWORK
DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
CDST OPTION C INTERNSHIP
FOUNDATIONS OF DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICES
METHODS FOR IMPLEMENTING DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICES
DIVERSITY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION
ADVOCATING FOR FAMILIES OF YOUNG CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Required Senior Capstone
CDST 490SENIOR CAPSTONE CHILDREN'S STUDIES 5
Total Credits78-84

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