2610. Principles of Counseling I. 3 hours. An introduction to the broad range of counseling services and their application to schools and community agencies. May be taken concurrently with COUN 3620, 3630, 3640, 4610 and 4620.
3600. Therapeutic Play. 3 hours. Didactic and experiential training in how to be a therapeutic agent in children’s lives by using structured therapeutic play sessions. Participants are taught basic child-centered play therapy principles and skills, including reflective listening, recognizing and responding to children’s feelings, therapeutic limit setting, building children’s self-esteem, and structuring therapeutic play sessions with children using a special kit of selected toys. Observations of play therapy sessions and skill building therapeutic play sessions are required.
3620. Principles of Counseling II. 3 hours. An integrated overview of counseling services through personal self-exploration by the counseling associate. Focus is on the understanding of interpersonal dynamics through self-awareness. Prerequisite(s): COUN 2610 (may be taken concurrently).
3630. Survey of Career Development and Career Guidance. 3 hours. Overview of current problems and developments in career choices. Prerequisite(s): COUN 2610 (may be taken concurrently).
3640. Group Process in Helping Relationships. 3 hours. Group dynamics laboratory: group functions and leadership styles as related to helping relationships. Prerequisite(s): COUN 2610 (may be taken concurrently).
4610. Appraisal Techniques. 3 hours. Principles, concepts, procedures of appraisal, and utilizing tests and non-test instruments and techniques. Prerequisite(s): COUN 2610 (may be taken concurrently).
4620. Interpersonal Skills in Helping Relationships. 3 hours. Didactic and experiential training in interpersonal relationships; analysis and application of effective counseling activities. Prerequisite(s): COUN 2610 (may be taken concurrently).
Development, Family Studies and Early Childhood Education, DFEC
1013 (TECA 1354). Human Development. 3 hours. Introduction to the theories and processes of physical, cognitive and social development of the individual from conception until death. Suitable for non-majors; DFEC majors should take in their first year. Satisfies the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement of the University Core Curriculum.
1023. Assessment and Observation. 3 hours. Methods in observation and reporting of child development. Developmental assessment of infants, children and adolescents. Methods, reading and reporting of research in human development and family studies. DFEC majors should take in their first year.
2033 (TECA 1303). Parenting in Diverse Families. 3 hours. Commonalities and differences in parenting, caregiving and family life are emphasized from systems, ecological and cross-cultural perspectives. Parenting and caregiving in diverse family forms and cultures are studied in relation to adult-child interactions, parent/school/community relations, family roles, laws, and parenting skills. Satisfies the Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.
2313. Marriage and Family Living. 3 hours. Factors of dating, courtship, marriage and family relationships.
2900. Special Problems. 1-3 hours. Open to lower-level students capable of developing a problem independently. Problems are chosen by the student and developed through conferences with the instructor.
3113. Infant and Toddler Development. 3 hours. The growth and development of the child from conception to three years, including the influence of the family and environment.
3123. Child Development. 3 hours. Basic principles of development and learning; physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development in early and middle childhood (ages 3 to 10 years). May require some observation and case study.
3213. Infant and Toddler Education and Care. 3 hours. Focus on developmentally appropriate interactions with infants and toddlers to promote optimal development in home and group education and care. Includes planning environments and choosing equipment and materials. Fifteen hours field observation in infant/toddler day care. Prerequisite(s): DFEC 3113.
3323. Advanced Marriage and Family Living. 3 hours. Family, beginning with marriage through remaining life cycles.
3613. Introduction to Early Childhood Education. 3 hours. Historical foundations of early childhood education, current programs, best practices and legal and ethical issues. Introduction of how understanding development of typical and atypical young children influences objectives, activities, materials, and teaching strategies and techniques in an early childhood classroom. Prerequisite(s): DFEC 3123 (may be taken concurrently).
4011. Prepracticum. 1 hour. Provides a bridge from theory to professional practice. Determining career goals and assuming professional ethics, roles and responsibilities are emphasized. Preparation and placement for an in-depth practicum for FCS student teaching is including. Prerequisite for DFEC 4023 and FCS student teaching, to be taken the prior term/semester.
4023. Practicum. 3 hours. The practicum requires a minimum of 150 clock hours of in-depth experience with an approved agency or researcher related to development and/or family studies, plus seminar (online or in person arranged with instructor). Emphasis is placed on application of knowledge and skills to actual job roles and responsibilities. Students must have senior status and meet with an adviser the previous term/semester for approval of practicum site. Pre-requisite(s): DFEC 4011. May be taken twice, for a total of 6 hours.
4033. Practicum II. 3 hours. The practicum requires a minimum of 150 clock hours of experience with children and/or families, plus one-hour weekly seminars and conference times. Students must have senior status and meet with an adviser the previous term/semester for approval of practicum site. Prerequisite(s): DFEC 4011.
4133. Adolescent Development. 3 hours. Theories and characteristics of physical, cognitive and social development between 11 and 20 years of age. Effects of family, school, community and other factors on adolescent development are also addressed.
4223. School-Age and Adolescent Programs. 3 hours. The components in before and after school child care and related programs that are developmentally appropriate and benefit children aged 5 through adolescence are explored. These include planning, implementing and evaluating activities, facilities, programs, staff, budgets and other aspects necessary for providing healthy services for children and adolescents.
4233. Guidance of Children and Youth. 3 hours. Best practices in individual and group guidance and management of children from birth through adolescence. Focus on behavior in the context of family, culture and social practices. Requires 15 hours of observation of individual and group activities in an approved setting, to include 3 hours of interaction with infants, children, or youth. Prerequisite(s): DFEC 3123
4243. Environmental Processes and Assessment. 3 hours. (3;3;0) Considers early childhood learning processes as well as implications for individual, group, and program assessment. Areas of emphasis include development of skills in selection, use and interpretation of developmentally appropriate practices. Focus areas include formal, informal and holistic assessment instruments as well as learning environment materials and resources. Implications for technology in assessment and management are discussed. Laboratory experiences required. Prerequisite(s): DFEC 4233. EC-4 students must also complete DFEC 3613 as a prerequisite.
4253. Administration of Programs for Children, Youth and Families. 3 hours. Analysis of programs, personnel policies, facility administration and related topics for teachers and administrators who work with children, youth and families. Prerequisite(s): course in child development.
4333. Transitions in Family Living and Work. 3 hours. The effects of family living and work performance throughout the life cycle are considered. Selected skills are offered and/or practiced to enhance a better balance between family roles and the job.
4413. Family Life Education. 3 hours. The practice and process of family life education and training of professionals in the child development and family field. Curriculum and program development and evaluation. Teaching strategies and professional responsibilities. Prerequisite(s): DFEC 2033 and 3323.
4423. Families, Schools and Community Resources. 3 hours. Analyzing family, school and community resources and needs as related to the family life cycle; child welfare and education, ecological approach; and exploration of careers related to children and families. Strategies to improve communication and collaboration are emphasized with a focus on family types, cultures, economic conditions, school systems, community services, political forces, advocacy groups and other factors that impact young children and their families. Fifteen hours a term/semester in field work arranged.
4433. Family Resource Management. 3 hours. Application of principles of family resource management includes goal setting; decision making; and time, energy, financial, and consumer management.
4633. Nurturing Children’s Social Competence. 3 hours. Facilitating the social and emotional skills of young children. Incorporates an ecological approach to significant influences on self-esteem and self-concept including diversity, family, creativity and individual differences. Includes analysis of play theory and research. Field experience required. Prerequisite(s): DFEC 3613.
4800-4810. Studies in Development, Family Studies and Early Childhood Education. 1-3 hours. Organized classes for specific program needs and student interests. Prerequisite(s): consent of department. Limited-offering basis. May be repeated for credit.
4900. Special Problems. 1-3 hours. Open to advanced students capable of developing a problem independently. Problems chosen by student and developed through conferences with the instructor.
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