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Bachelor of Science in Child Studies
Degree Program


Below are the required courses to complete the Bachelors of Science in Child Studies Degree. This is a sample degree plan for online students. At Post University Online you can choose any number of courses to complete on your own schedule, and at your own time.

General Education 60 crs
Common Core 12 crs
ENG110 College Writing


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


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 Communication 3 crs
CIS112 Introduction to Computing


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


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


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


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


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


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.

MAT120 College Algebra


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


STEM 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


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
CHS299 Practicum III


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
CHS320 Emergent Literacy


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


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


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
PSY201 Child Development


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


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


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


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


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

PSY or SOC 300-400 Level Elective

3 crs
Career and Self-Awareness 6 crs
CSS101 College Success Seminar: Learning Across the Lifespan


College Success Seminar: Learning Across the Lifespan - 3 credits

This course provides theoretical bases and practical strategies for lifelong learning. Students will become aware of university resources, as well as the policies and procedures critical to success at Post. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, study skills, analytical reading, effective writing, reasoning, problem-solving, time management and strategies for college success necessary to support learning in a university environment. Students will analyze their own learning abilities and styles and develop effective practices for learning throughout their lifetime. Students will explore their motivations and the external determinants that affect their educational, personal, and career success. Students will learn the role of active learning in a successful life.

3 crs
PSS301 Professional Sucecss Seminar: Work, Life and Career Development


Professional Success Seminar: Work, Life and Career Development – 3 credits

This course provides practical approaches to managing one’s career, working with others in teams, understanding other’s perceptions of one’s performance, managing upwards and sideways for success, maneuvering through a changing work environment and global marketplace, and networking inside and outside of one’s organization. Students will explore the changing global environment of business and the skills and knowledge that tomorrow’s workforce will demand.

3 crs
Grand Total 120 crs


* For those pursuing teacher certification after graduation, consider  HIS201 United States History I  (please add at the end, after Grand Total of credits)

** The following courses are recommended open electives:
   - CHS201 Creative Activities
   - CHS252 Social Studies in ECE Classrooms
   - CHS307 Child Care Administration
  - CHS330 Environments for Play
  -  CHS336 Home, School & Community


The university reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The university will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.