SLCC General Catalog

Family & Human Studies AS

Associate Of Science
63 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.

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.

Transfer/Articulation Information

The two-year AS degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to programs at four-year universities or colleges. SLCC has developed articulation agreements with other state colleges and universities which make it easy for SLCC students to transfer their credits. Although SLCC has worked hard to make transferring to other institutions as convenient as possible, it is important to understand that specific course requirements for a degree vary among the state’s four-year colleges. To optimize your educational experience at SLCC, please be sure to consult with the Family and Human Studies Academic Advisor before registering for elective classes.

Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See the FHS Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

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) 6 Credits





ENGL 1010 Intro to Writing 3 A WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3 A ENGL 1010 w/C grade or better

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Choose One Course (3-4 Credits) From The Following





MATH 1030 Quant Reasoning 3 A RDG 0990; within the last year MATH 1010 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score


MATH 1050 College Algebra 4 A RDG 0990; within the last year MATH 1010 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

  American Institutions (AI) Choose 3 Credits From One Of The Following





ECON 1740 Econ History of US 3 A RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score
HIST 1700 American Civilization 3 A RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score
POLS 1100 US Govt & Politics 3 A RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (IN OR Depth) 3 Credits

Distribution Areas:

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas.  One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).





Biological Science (BS) 3-4    
Fine Arts (FA) 3-4    
Humanities (HU) 3    
Interdisciplinary (ID) 3    
Social Science (SS) 3  
Physical Science (PS) 3    


Required Courses: (16 Credits)





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
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).


Electives: (Select 13-14 Credits From The Following)





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 2640 Home School Fam Comm 3 F, Sp
FHS 2645 EC Integrated Curriclm 3 F, Sp
 *A total of one credits from wither FHS 1900 or FHS 2000 may be applied toward graduation.

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.

Sample Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 2010 3 FHS 2500/0010 3 FHS 2620/0010 4
FHS 1500 3 FHS Elective 3 MATH 1030 3 Distribution 3
FHS 2600/0010 3 FHS 2610/0011 3 Distribution 3 Distribution 3
HLAC 1 Distribution 3 Distribution 3 FHS Elective 4-5
AI 3 Distribution 3 FHS Electives 6
Student Choice 3    










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.

Substantive Knowledge

  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing about key concepts and significant topics in education.
  • Effectively communicate in business and educational settings.
  • Maintain appropriate state and Federally required documentation.
  • Demonstrates effective nonverbal communication techniques with young children.

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.

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 Contact Info

Education, Family & Human Studies and Social Work Department

Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Eccles ECD Lab School

General Information

Education Information

Academic Advisor
Technology Building TB 315

Department Chair
Dale Smith


Program Faculty

Dale Smith

Assistant Professor
Sally Schramm