Child and Family Studies

The A.S. Degree in Child and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary option for those curious about teaching and also interested in other related careers. Graduates can transfer to pursue a variety of B.A. Degree programs such as Education, Childhood Studies, Human Development, Social Work, and Counseling. The Child and Family Studies curriculum provides a strong foundation for those directly entering the workforce as well as students pursuing further education.

The interdisciplinary nature of this degree ensures that candidates develop theoretical and practical knowledge in areas such as child development, family studies, humanities, mathematics, technology, social sciences, biological sciences, the arts, and multicultural/global perspectives.

The Early Childhood Programs provide outstanding instruction and experiential learning to prepare students for advanced study and child-related careers in a diverse and changing world. The curriculum is aligned with state and national standards and blends academic and professional preparation in a wide variety of courses. 

A.S. Child and Family Studies


English Composition I
English Composition II
Lab Science Elective
Mathematics Elective
Computer Technology and Applications
Social Sciences6
General Psychology
Principles of Sociology
Humanities Elective3
General Education Electives6
Diversity Elective
Communication Elective
Child & Family Studies Core27
Child Psychology
Developmental Psychology - the Human Lifespan
Introduction to Social Welfare and Human Services
Early Childhood Development
Music in Early Childhood (OR ENG-118 Children's Literature)
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education
CDA Capstone: Effective Preschool Practices
The Family
Special Topics in Psychology

Dr. Melissa Kasmin
Assistant Professor, Psychology and Education
Ph.D, Rutgers University
MSW, University of Michigan
BA, Kenyon College
DH323 973-328-5612,

CDA Educational Endorsement Certificate

CDC-110Early Childhood Development3
CDC-210Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education3
CDC-220CDA Capstone: Effective Preschool Practices3

Childcare Specialist Certificate

English Composition I
Social Science9
General Psychology
Principles of Sociology
Child Psychology
General Education Diversity Elective (Choose two of the following)6
Children's Literature
The Family
Psychology and Education of the Disabled
Childcare Specialist Core16
Music in Early Childhood
Educational Psychology
Early Childhood Development
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education
CDA Capstone: Effective Preschool Practices
Cooperative Work Experience- Child Care 1
Cooperative Work Experience-Child Care - Related Class
Total Credits34


Course usage information

CDC-110. Early Childhood Development. 3 Credits.

LECT 45 hrs
This course studies the growth and development of the child from birth through age eight. It will cover a variety of factors that influence child development such as diversity, culture, health, economic and family environment. Also it provides an overview of the major theorists in the field of human development. There will be discussion regarding these theorists' contributions to understanding how children grow and learn. Students will have the opportunity to observe and report on a variety of teaching and learning venues.

Course usage information

CDC-210. Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education. 3 Credits.

LECT 45 hrs
This course studies designing, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate curriculum for children birth through age eight with a focus on language and literacy, social and emotional learning, creative arts, and social studies, math, science and technology. It will cover practical applications of theories and current research in early childhood education, methods of observing children's behavior and progress, and strategies for developing and using curriculum in all aspects of the daily routine. Attention will be given to anti-bias curriculum and elements of diversity that can influence learning including cultural backgrounds, gender, sexual orientation, religion, English language learners, socio-economic status, family circumstances, and children with special needs. A field work component includes observation of curriculum and teaching and learning in an Early Childhood Education setting.
Prerequisites: CDC-110.

Course usage information

CDC-220. CDA Capstone: Effective Preschool Practices. 3 Credits.

LECT 45 hrs
This course studies effective, practical, research-based methods for developing preschool teachers. Course content is aligned with the national competency standards for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. It will cover the essentials of planning a safe environment, advancing children's development, building family partnerships, program operations, professional development, authentic assessment, and principles of developmentally appropriate learning. Attention will also be given to current research on brain development in young children, designing the learning environment, professional ethics, and cultural competence.
Prerequisites: CDC-110 and CDC-210.

Course usage information

CDC-228. Cooperative Work Experience- Child Care. 3 Credits.

COOP 45 hrs
This course provides selected students in the Early Childhood programs with job-oriented training and practical experience in a work environment. Students desiring to participate in this experience should make this intention known to the Faculty Special Projects person at the beginning of their third semester.
Prerequisites: Permission of department chair
Corequisites: CDC-229.

Course usage information

CDC-229. Cooperative Work Experience-Child Care - Related Class. 1 Credit.

LECT 15 hrs
A supplement to the cooperative work experience program, this course provides a variety of experiences to further enhance students' career development and occupational development. It also develops positive points of view toward human relationships and the responsibilities of both the employee and the employer.
Prerequisites: Permission of department chair
Corequisites: CDC-228.