Bachelor of Science in Child Studies

Curriculum

By pursuing a degree in Child Studies you're taking an essential first step in helping prepare today's young children to reach their potential. To make sure our students have the knowledge and skills they need to meet the growing need for greater professionalism in the early childhood education workforce, our Child Studies curriculum has four main components.

Major Courses: Focus and Depth

These courses provide an opportunity to understand the child studies field in greater depth. In short, these are the "nuts and bolts" courses you'll need to land a job in the child studies field.

General Education Core

As a career-oriented university with a strong tradition in the liberal arts, Post University is committed to providing you with a firm foundation in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. The general education core at Post University provides you with the ability to make connections across disciplines so you're better prepared to respond to a diverse and constantly changing global marketplace.

The ability to choose those courses that pique your interest is an important feature of the Post General Education Core.

Leadership Course

At Post, we are committed to preparing students to be successful in their careers and stand out among their peers. A critical element of this learning process is a leadership course that includes an interdisciplinary perspective on foundations underlying all organizations. These include management, leadership, domestic and international economics, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, marketing, e-commerce, information technology, human resource management, accounting, investments, money and personal finances. The skills learned are essential for success in any career, whether in a for-profit or non-profit business, or government organization. The ability to apply the principles learned in this course will help set Post University students apart as leaders in their fields.

Career and Self-Awareness Core

To be successful in life, people need to understand who they are and what they want to achieve. Our career program offers seminar classes designed to help students enhance self-awareness, build confidence and develop a strong sense of direction.

This collection of short courses offered during your academic studies is intended to provide you with the experiences to become a self-aware, lifelong learner. These courses include personal assessment tools with detailed diagnostic feedback including specific career information, computer simulations, self-study exercises as well as in-class discussion and discovery. All of these activities are supported in the classroom and online through interactive exercises, using a new individualized, career-based resource program available only at Post University.


Internship and Cooperative Education Opportunities

At Post, students can take advantage of a robust internship program and co-op opportunities where they have opportunities to participate in real-life work situations related to their field of study before they graduate. 

Our program can give Post students a real edge over their competition. Not only do they get a chance to put their classroom learning to the test, but they also get opportunities to meet prospective employers, network with people in their field, test-drive their intended career, and build their resumes with concrete examples of how they've made the connection between theory and practice.


B.S. in Child Studies Curriculum

 

General Education 60 crs
Common Core 12 crs
ENG110 College Writing

ENG110

College Writing - 3 Credits

This course is designed to develop and refine the analytical/critical reading skills and the substantive writing skills of freshmen.  This intensive writing class will focus on writing essays of varying length and expose students to the various rhetorical modes of writing that will contribute to their success in university courses and their chosen careers.

3 crs
ENG120 College Writing II

ENG120

College Writing II - 3 Credits

College Writing II looks to expand upon the writing skills attained in ENG110. As a student-centered course, students explore their own writing in peer, group, and self-review skill sessions. Students enhance self-editing skills and increase awareness of the revision skills needed in both college coursework and in careers. The course will further develop students' understanding of the writing process from pre-writing to final draft. This course encourages students to have their writing evaluated across the curriculum. The course culminates in a research essay and portfolio of original work.

Pre-requisite: ENG110.


    Prerequisite: ENG110
3 crs
COM107 Introduction to Communications

COM107

Introduction to Communication - 3 credits

This course presents the basics of human communication and provides an overview of the skills that are needed in the 21st century to become a competent communicator.   Students will recognize the important processes of communication such as speaking, listening, media literacy, computer- mediated communication, culture sensitivity, workplace communication, group dynamics, and critical thinking. Ultimately students will develop and illustrate their public speaking skills by presenting three speeches while also incorporating multimedia tools.

3 crs
CIS112 Introduction to Computing

CIS112

Introduction to Computing - 3 Credits

This course strives to meet the high level of computer literacy required of all students earning a degree from the university. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical use of computer technology for information analysis and communications. Computer units introduce the Internet, Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Students who feel they have attained computer literacy and earn 70 percent on an exemption exam may substitute any other 3-credit course for this core requirement. 

Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination.  No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.


    Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination. No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.
3 crs
 
Liberal Arts 24 crs
History Elective* 3 crs
PHL203 Ethics

PHL203

Ethics - 3 Credits

This course includes an analysis of some of the major classical and contemporary ethical theories. Topics include ethical relativism, ethical absolutism, egoism, natural law, utilitarianism, and situation ethics. Application of ethical theories to moral issues in our society are discussed. Issues of pornography, abortion, euthanasia, affirmative action, capital punishment, and environmental issues may also be discussed.

3 crs
PSY101 Fundamentals of Psychology

PSY101

Fundamentals of Psychology I - 3 Credits

This course examines the nature of psychology as a social and behavioral science. It surveys fundamental areas in behavior including research in psychology, the brain and behavior, learning, human development and socialization, intelligence, personality, health psychology, and social psychology.

3 crs
SOC101 Principles of Sociology

SOC101

Principles of Sociology - 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts in Sociology and an analysis of culture, socialization, stratification, social organization, class, social interaction, social change, and conflict.

3 crs
SOC312 Race and Ethnicity

SOC312

Race and Ethnicity - 3 Credits

A study of racial and ethnic minorities and immigrant groups in America.  Classic and contemporary sociological theories are used to examine the social structures and cultural ideologies that promote oppression and domination and their impact on the social stratification and the life chances of minority group members.

3 crs
Performance, Written, or Fine Arts Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
 
Math 6 crs
MAT105 Quantitative Methods

MAT105

Quantitative Methods - 3 Credits

This course surveys topics in elementary algebra, personal finance, probability, and statistics. Topics include solving algebraic equations, solving ratio and proportion problems, applications involving percentage and interest, applying the definition of probability, measures of central tendency, descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, graphical representation of data, and applications of the normal distribution. Topics focus on real-life situations, decision making skills, and problem solving. Some working knowledge of elementary algebra is expected. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator strongly recommended.

OR
MAT120 College Algebra

MAT120

College Algebra - 3 Credits

This course provides a deeper understanding of the concepts of algebra including function applications, inequalities in two variables, matrix operations, linear programming, quadratic and polynomial applications, and solving rational and radical equations. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of two years of High School Algebra or the equivalent.

3 crs
MAT220 Statistics I

MAT220

Statistics - 3 Credits

This course offers students an opportunity to experience statistics as it would occur in various settings. Topics are presented through real life case studies and include an overview of the fundamentals of statistics, collective and descriptive statistical techniques, data collection and sampling, the normal distribution and probability, hypothesis testing, population inferences, simple linear regression, and correlation. An understanding of basic algebra is required. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator and access to a spreadsheet program is recommended.

3 crs
 
Science 3 crs
Science Elective **
3 crs
 
Open Electives** 15 crs
Leadership Course 3 crs
LCS105 Elements of Organizations

LCS105

Elements of Organization - 3 Credits

Students need a basic understanding of how organizations work in order to manage their personal and professional lives. This course provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the foundations underlying all organizations (businesses, non-profit and governmental organizations) specifically as they relate to the nature of: management and leadership, economics both domestically and internationally, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, human resource management, marketing/advertising, e-commerce, information technology, accounting, investments, money and personal finances.

3 crs
 
Major, Core and Concentrations 51 crs
Designated Writing Course 3 crs
CHS450 Observation, Assessment & Individualization

CHS450

Observations , Assessment and Individualization - 3 Credits

This course provides students with a broad overview of assessments of and for young children ages birth through age 8.  Students are required to spend 15 hours per semester/module to observe children across all developmental domains. Students will demonstrate competency in observation skills as they relate to ongoing assessment and meeting the individual needs of the children and group lesson planning.  Utilization of the State of CT Benchmarks, Performance Standards and CT Preschool Assessment Framework will be incorporated into this course work.

Prerequisite: Permission Advisor/ECE Academic Program Manager.


    Prerequisite: Permission Advisor/ECE Academic Program Manager
3 crs
 
Major Core 33 crs
CHS111 Foundations in ECE

CHS111

Foundations of Early Childhood Education - 3 Credits

This course provides an overview of the theoretical models that have a significant influence on the development of various early childhood curricula.  A historical perspective of early childhood education is provided, leading up to an including present-day practices.  Students will learn to apply theory to practice within the classroom setting for children ages' birth through eight, including children with exceptionalities.  Ethical issues in the Early Childhood setting will be explored.

3 crs
CHS203 Children's Literature and Language Arts

CHS203

Children's Literature and Language Arts - 3 Credits

This course is designed to acquaint students with many literature genres beginning with storytelling and including genre such as folk and multicultural literature, fantasy, poetry, biographies and more. The course explores the use of technology in educational settings and lesson plans for literacy.

Prerequisite:  CHS111


    Prerequisite: CHS111
3 crs
CHS208 Teaching the Exceptional Child

CHS208

Teaching the Exceptional Child - 3 Credits

This course provides information about the exceptional learner. Topics include: history / philosophy/ laws of educating exceptional learners (including English Language Learners), characteristics of the exceptional child, assessment tools, instructional planning and teaching using individualized strategies with complementary techniques and technologies, home / school /community resources and inclusion.

Prerequisite:  CHS111


    Prerequisite: CHS111
3 crs
CHS250 Science, Math and Technology

CHS250

Math, Science & Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom - 3 Credits

This course introduces students to curriculum strategies to be used with young children to promote their mathematical and scientific abilities.  Additionally, it will provide instruction on how to incorporate technology into the early childhood classroom.  Attention is given to the developmental needs of the children and the developmental appropriateness of the lessons.

Prerequisite: CHS111


    Prerequisite: CHS111
3 crs
CHS254 Health, Safety and Nutrition

CHS254

Health, Safety and Nutrition - 3 Credits

This course explores the issues of health, safety and nutrition in relation to the normal growth and development of young children.  Emphasis is placed on the recognition and measurement of normal growth patterns, principles of good nutrition, hygiene, health maintenance and illness prevention.  Understanding cultural issues and special needs of individual children are addressed as aspects of health and safety. 

Prerequisite:  CHS111


    Prerequisite: CHS111
3 crs
CHS320 Emergent Literacy

CHS320

Emergent Literacy - 3 Credits

This course details early language, literacy and development of the young child. Students will learn to plan and integrate appropriate cross-curricular language and literacy activities for all types of learners, including children with exceptionalities. Attention is given to understanding, encouraging and supporting local and global communities, diversity and families; and English Language Learners. Students will gain knowledge in the six areas of language and literacy development and how to utilize the classroom environment to foster literacy.  Adaptation of curricular materials for the exceptional learner and culturally diverse student is incorporated.  Students will construct and implement lesson plans based on language and literacy assessments.  

Prerequisite:  ENG/CHS203 or permission of the instructor.


    Prerequisite: ENG/CHS203 or permission of the instructor
3 crs
CHS425 Curriculum Approaches in ECE

CHS425

Curriculum Approaches in Early Childhood Education - 3 Credits

This course will explore developmentally appropriate approaches to early childhood curriculum development. It will addresses cross-curricular methods of teaching in the early years of childhood based on developmental stages and levels of the children, incorporating observation and individualization while planning for a larger group. Students will explore play-based curriculum, and other developmentally appropriate curriculum approaches to early childhood education. As with all of our courses, the NAEYC standards related to developmentally appropriate practices, curriculum and teaching strategies are imbedded.

Prerequisite: CHS111, 9 credits in Early Childhood & permission from your Academic Advisor or ECE Academic Program Manager


    Prerequisite: CHS111, 9 credits in Early Childhood & permission from your Academic Advisor or ECE Academic Program Manager
3 crs
CHS490 Capstone Field Experience

CHS490

Capstone: Field Experience - 6 Credits

This course consists of 15 hours of seminar and a minimum of 200 hours of supervised field work.  Seminar hours will address classroom management and design:  integrating teaching methods, principles of curriculum development and evaluations, designing the classroom setting and methods for handling students' behavior in a cohesive, well managed educational program, adapting to diverse populations and integrated learning; communicating with parents, working as a team, ethical conduct; as well as issues and topics that arise from the students experience.  Within the 200 hours of field work, students will demonstrate their ability to apply child development theory, to manage a classroom, plan, organize and implement daily routines and activities independently, as well as work as part of a team.  

Prerequisite: Completion of all Child Studies major course work and permission of ECE Academic Program Manager.


    Prerequisite: Completion of all Child Studies major course work and permission of ECE Academic Program Manger
6 crs
CHS299 Practicum III

CHS299

Practicum III - 3 Credits

This course provides students with practical experiences in early childhood education. Students participate each week in seminars and assist in their professional area (in infant/toddler or K-3 inclusive settings – if Practicum I & Practicum II were in preschool settings) for 100 hours. Students must demonstrate competencies in planning and carrying out appropriate lessons to promote young children’s cognitive, creative, language, andliteracy, social and emotional development. Students will use local, state and national standards as the basis of their work.

Prerequisite: CHS111, CHS199, CHS298 and Permission of their Academic Advisor and ECE Academic Program Manager.


    Prerequisite: CHS111, CHS199, CHS298 and permission of their Academic Advisor and ECE Academic Program Manager
3 crs
PSY201 Child Development

PSY201

Child Development - 3 Credits

This course emphasizes the psychological development of the child from birth to adolescence. Consideration is given to data, theories, and methods of studying child behavior. Emphasis is placed upon the general characteristics of various stages of development and upon general determinants of the developmental process.

Prerequisite: PSY101


    Prerequisite: PSY101
3 crs
 
Behavioral Science Core 15 crs
PSY260 Educational Psychology

PSY260

Educational Psychology - 3 Credits

This survey course introduces students to the ways in which psychological aspects of the learning process are investigated and applied. Among the topics addressed are: research in educational psychology; student characteristics; applications of psychological theories to the development of instructional techniques; evaluating student performance; and special education.

Prerequisite: PSY101


    Prerequisite: PSY101
3 crs
PSY310 Learning Theory

PSY310

Learning Theory - 3 Credits

This course surveys the historical antecedents of modern learning theory. Emphasis is placed on the influence of major theorists such as Pavlov, Watson, Skinner, Thorndike, and Hull. The course concludes with a survey of recent trends and developments in the field, including the applications of respondent and operant conditioning principles in therapy and behavior management programs.

Prerequisite: PSY101


    Prerequisite: PSY101
3 crs
PSY320 Language Development in Young Children

PSY320

Language Development in Young Children - 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the field of developmental psycholinguistics. It focuses on the processes and mechanisms by which young children (from birth to age eight) acquire competence in language. The major milestones of language development, including maturational readiness, speech perception and production, precursors to language, one- and two-word utterances, overextension of meaning, modulation of meaning, and complex construction are surveyed. Attention is also given to the major theories of language acquisition: biological, behaviorist, and social-cognitive.

Prerequisite: PSY101


    Prerequisite: PSY101
3 crs
SOC211 Sociology of Marriage and the Family

SOC211

Sociology of Marriage and the Family - 3 Credits

This course studies the family as an institution: its structures, problems, functions, and changing patterns in an historical and cross-cultural perspective.

Prerequisite: SOC101.


    Prerequisite: SOC101
3 crs
SOC or PSY 300-400 Elective 3 crs
 
Career and Self-Awareness 6 crs
CSA101 College Success Seminar

CSA101

Exploring Self: Inside Out - 3 credits

This course will focus on self-discovery and interaction with others to provide learners with the foundation for examining and further developing their own personal effectiveness. An environment of trust will be built within the class to enable individual and collective openness, discovery, and engagement in personal learning. The course will use experiential learning, personal reflection, and group interaction as primary approaches. This is a hybrid course, with classroom interaction time blended with online learning and interaction through the Blackboard learning management system.

3 crs
CSA260 Professional Success Seminar

CSA260

Professional Success Seminar - 1 credits

This course will enable students to develop their own individualized plans for personal, academic, and career success. Students will engage in self-evaluation exercises and highly interactive classroom activities to evaluate their own “fit” for certain careers. Students will also participate in resume and cover letter writing activities to prepare for the experiential learning of the next course. Students will establish short-term career goals and begin a career portfolio to be refined during successive semesters.

1 cr
CSA400 Career Capstone

CSA400

Career Capstone - 2 credits

This course is the culmination of the career and self-awareness series, a comprehensive program for career and life planning. The course prepares students for a transition from university life to independent work life. Students will learn valuable financial and money management skills. Students will explore life balance issues, life roles, and self-concept as they relate to their future plans. Students will explore employment issues, such as the changing nature of work, diversity, trends, and job outlook. The course will require students to engage in networking and a job search with the goal of employment upon graduation. In addition, students who are seeking to enter graduate school will engage in the application process, including interviewing practice, and admissions essay writing.

Prerequisite: CSA260


    Prerequisite: CSA260
2 crs
 
Grand Total 120 crs

 

* Main Campus, for those pursuing teacher certification after graduation, consider:
   - BIO143 and BIO143L General Biology I and Lab
   - HIS201 United States History I

** The following courses are recommended open electives:
   - CHS201 Creative Activities
   - CHS252 Social Studies in ECE Classrooms
   - CHS307 Child Care Administration
   - CHS330 Environments for Play