SLCC General Catalog

Family & Human Studies AAS

Associate Of Applied Science
66 credits minimum

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Program Description

Family and Human Studies students develop the skills needed to provide professional early childhood education services for young children and families.

This introductory level program will acquaint students to the multi-faceted, multi-skilled early childhood profession. Students examine issues in the provision of services to children birth through age eight in a child care or elementary setting. The program may require service learning and lab school participation where the student is assigned to work with seasoned professionals in the field enabling each to apply and further understand theoretical frameworks discussed in class.

The two-year AAS degree in Family and Human Studies prepares the student to become a teacher or director of a child care facility. Special attention is given to providing the student the business skills needed to become an effective child care center administrator.

Career Opportunities

Students specializing in early childhood will be prepared to work with children in family child care or child care centers as teachers and/or directors.

Program Entry Requirements

Students in the FHS program must not have been convicted of any crimes against children and will be required to complete a criminal background check. Students should also exhibit the maturity and emotional stability required to take charge of a group of pre-school children and possess sufficient health and strength to lift a child.

Estimated Cost for Students

Estimated cost of books and supplies per course $125-175.

Estimated Time to Completion

If students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ENGL 1010 Intro to Writing 3 A WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Quantitative Studies (QS) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

FIN 1380 Financial Math 3 A MATH 0990 or appropriate Accuplacer score

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 1010

Elem Effective Comm

3 A  

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

Course 

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

FHS 2640 Home School Family Comm 3 F, Sp  

Distribution Areas: (3-6 Credits)

Choose an additional three to six credits (one to two courses) from two of the following distribution areas.
Biological Science (BS) 3-4    
Fine Arts (FA) 3-4    
Humanities (HU) 3    
Interdisciplinary (ID) 3    
Physical Science (PS) 3    
Social Science (SS) 3  
Required Courses: (27 Credits)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

BUS 1050 Foundations of Bus 3 A ENGL 1010 (may be taken concurrently)
FHS 1500 Lifespan Human Dev (SS) 3 A  
FHS 2500 Child Dev: Birth to 8 3 F FHS 1500, 2600, 2610 w/C grade or better (FHS 2610 may be taken concurrently). Coreq: FHS 0010
FHS 2600 Intro Early Child Educ 3 F, Sp Coreq: FHS 0010
FHS 2610 Child Guidance 3 F, Sp Coreq: FHS 0011
FHS 2620 Creative Learning 4 Sp FHS 2500 w/C grade or better. Coreq: FHS 0010
FHS 2800 Practicum Teaching 3 F, Sp FHS 2500 w/C grade or better, FHS 2620 (may be taken concurrently) and instructor approval. Coreq: FHS 2820
FHS 2820 Teaching Seminar 2 F, Sp FHS 2500 w/C grade or better, FHS 2620 (may be taken concurrently) and instructor approval. Coreq: FHS 2800
MGT 2070 Human Resource Mgmt 3 F, Sp BUS 1050
Note: FHS 0010 & FHS 0011 are two hour per week labs. FHS 2620 will require 2-two hour per week labs (4 hrs per week total).  FHS 2800 is spent 3 days a week, 3 hrs per day at the Eccles Lab School or at various other specified sites off campus.

 

Elective Courses: (21 Credits)

Course 

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite
EDU 2010 Intro Special Ed 3 A  
EDU 2140 Tech for Teachers 2 F, Sp  
*FHS 1900 Individual Studies in FHS 1-3 F, Sp Instructor approval
*FHS 2000 CO-OP Educ in FHS 1-2 F, Sp Instructor approval
FHS 2020 Spec Studies CDA Cmp 3 A CDA Credential
FHS 2300  Admin EC Programs 2 Sp  
FHS 2340  Creating Envir Yng Chl 3 F  
FHS 2400  Marriage Fam Rel (ID) 3 A  
FHS 2550  Infant & Toddler Dev 3 F FHS 1500
FHS 2570  Growth Dev 6-12 3 Sp  
FHS 2645  EC Integrated Curriclm 3 F, Sp  
*A total of one credit from either FHS 1900 or FHS 2000 can be applied toward graduation.

 

Sample Schedule

1st Fall Semester

Credits

1st Spring Semester

Credits

2nd Fall Semester 

Credits

2nd Spring Semester

Credits

FIN 1380 3 BUS 1050 3 FHS 2500/0010 3 FHS 2800 3
ENGL 1010 3 FHS Elective 8 MGT 2070 3 FHS 2820 2
FHS 1500 3 FHS 2640 (HR) 3 COMM 1010 3 FHS Elective 6
FHS 2600/0010 3 FHS 2610/0011 3 FHS Elective 7 FHS 2620/0010 4
Distribution 3    

Total

15

Total

17

Total

16

Total

15

 

Advising Notes

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes.  The prerequisites must be satisfied with a C or better before the designated class may be taken.

Online & Evening Classes

Many of the FHS courses are also offered online or during the evening. Several of the FHS classes require a lab in which the student works with preschool children.  Online or evening students may be required to attend labs at the Eccles Lab School, which is open for labs from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  If you have extenuating circumstances that would make it hard for you to complete your labs at the Eccles Lab School you should contact the FHS Lab Coordinator at 801-957-4666 to discuss other possible options.

Lab Requirements

It is important that students have the opportunity to apply the theories and practices discussed in the classroom. To this end, several of the FHS classes require weekly labs working with young children in the lab. Lab students must provide evidence of a TB test, health evaluation and Child Care Food Handler’s Permit within two weeks of starting a lab course.

Cooperative Education

Students working 20 hours or more per week in a licensed child care facility may complete some lab requirements at their work site (cooperative education). Please contact the FHS Lab Coordinator at 801-957-4666 for more information.

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

  • Develop knowledge, skills, and experience to work effectively with young children based on industry standards.
  • Be prepared for further study in education or a related discipline.
  • Understand key concepts, events and personalities related to early childhood education.
  • Explain theories, concepts and principles connected to the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development of children.
  • Evaluate and prepare curriculum and program activities consistent with current research on early childhood learning theory and models.
  • Incorporates core knowledge content in a classroom setting.
  • Acquire knowledge to administer a child care facility including development of a viable business plan, policy and procedures manual.
Substantive Knowledge
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing about key concepts and significant topics in early childhood education.
  • Develop effective communication skills for business and educational settings.
  • Maintain appropriate state and Federally required documentation.
  • Demonstrates effective nonverbal communication techniques with young children.
  • Demonstrates effective verbal and nonverbal techniques of working with parents from socially and culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Develop a business plan including a policy and procedures manual for a child care facility or preschool.
  • Develop skills needed to present a communication-based parent program.
Communicate Effectively
  • Use and interpret information represented as data, graphs, and tables to analyze relevant information for working with children in an early childhood setting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of working budgets by developing a viable budget for a child care center or preschool.
  • Develop a business plan including an operating budget.
Develop Quantitative Literacy
  • Construct a personal philosophy of early childhood education and care.
  • Systematically complete reflective assignments demonstrating analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
  • Connect the discipline of early childhood education with other disciplines relevant to child development and learning.
Think Critically
  • Successfully complete service learning and laboratory experiences in predetermined early childhood learning environments. Dialogue with seasoned professionals in the field to enhance theoretical perspectives.
  • Demonstrate appropriate social and interpersonal relationship skills in a variety of early childhood professional contexts.
Civic Engagement and/or Working Professionally
Department Info

Education, Family & Human Studies and Social Work Department

Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Eccles ECD Lab School

General Information
801-957-4073

Education Information
801-957-5035

Academic Advisor
TB 315
801-957-4294

Department Chair
Dale Smith

Program Faculty
Professor
Dale Smith

Assistant Professor
Sally Schramm