A study of the child, family, community, and schools, including parent education and involvement, family and community lifestyles, child abuse, and current family life issues.

Course content must be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards and coincide with the National Association for the Education of Young Children position statement related to developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth through age eight. Requires students to participate in field experiences with children from infancy through age 12 in a variety of settings with varied and diverse populations. The course includes a minimum of 16 hours of field experiences.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Identify characteristics and issues relating to diverse cultures and caregiving lifestyles.
  • Analyze ways in which factors in the home and community (e.g. parent expectations, availability of community resources, community issues) impact learning, including an awareness of social and cultural factors to enhance development and learning.
  • Identify and apply strategies to maintain positive, collaborative relationships with diverse families (e.g. families with children with disabilities, poverty, single parent, cultural, homelessness, and dual-language learners).
  • Investigate community/educational resources (e.g. dentist on wheels, library programs, GED programs, family education programs, Early Childhood Intervention Strategies) to empower families to support children’s development.
  • Recognize signs of abuse and neglect and describe ways to work effectively with abused and neglected children and their families.
  • Explain the importance of family involvement/home-school relationships in education.
  • Explain the importance of maintaining codes of ethical conduct and legal issues when working with families, colleagues, and community professionals.

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture hours: 48.0
External Learning/Field/Skills/Practicum Hours: 16.0