Child and Family Studies (CFS) Undergraduate Course Descriptions
CFS 200. Introduction to Education
Children and families, the role of the teacher, the role of schools and educational programs in communities and society, history and philosophy of education, educational futures, teacher education knowledge base, and contemporary issues. Same as SPED/ED 200. 3 Cr. F, S.
CFS 220. Introduction to Parents and Children [Goal 5]
Child development, parent development; the co-relationship between mothers and fathers and their children in the developing years. Traits and characteristics of healthy families. 3 Cr. F, S.
CFS 260. Children in a Changing World [Goal 8]
Societal change, including the relationship between women and men, and its impact on childhood. Childhood in U.S. ethnic groups and in non-western cultures. Implications for those working with children in education, social services, health care, etc. 3 Cr. F, S.
CFS 315. Introduction to Early Education
Foundations, historical and theoretical backgrounds, models of early education, cultural relationships of teachers and young children. Professional viewpoints from national organizations. 3 Cr. F, S.
CFS 408. Authentic Assessment for Infants and Young Children
Authentic assessment strategies for infants, toddlers, and young children with and without disabilities. Includes observational strategies, play-based assessment and portfolios to link assessment to appropriate intervention. Prereq.: GPA requirement of 2.75. 3 Cr. F, S.
CFS 413. Guidance of Young Children
Managing the classroom and daily routines. Effective communication. Alternate solutions to discipline young children. Crisis management techniques including working with special education. Prereq.: GPA requirement of 2.75. 3 Cr. F, S.
CFS 421. Development of Young Children
Typical and atypical development of children, birth through adolescence with an emphasis on 2-8 year olds. Methods of observation, developmental milestones and application of theory to educational settings. 3 Cr. F, S.
CFS 422. Family Studies: Parent Involvement
Diverse families and their development including families with children with disabilities. Current issues impacting families. Communication strategies and parent partnerships. Needs of families and resources. Strategies for family involvement. 3 Cr. F, S.
CFS 423. Methods in Early Education
Review knowledge of basic concepts of curriculum, materials, and methodology necessary for services to young children in inclusive educational settings. This course includes the UDWR through the completion of the Teacher Work Sample. Students must earn a B- or higher grade in this course to continue on to CFS 460, Student Teaching in Early Education, where the TWS assignment is completed. Prereq.: College of Education CORE courses and admittance to Teacher Education. GPA requirement of 2.75. 3 Cr. F, S.
CFS 428. Children's Literature in Pre-K - Grade 3 Classroom
Children's literature birth through age 8. Locate, evaluate and select high-quality children's literature to be used for a variety of purposes with children birth through age 8. Prereq.: 2.75 GPA requirement. 3 Cr. F, S.
CFS 431. Development of Infants and Toddlers
Child development during infancy and toddler stages, theory of infant development, understanding the range of normality, typical and atypical development. 3 Cr. F, S.
CFS 433. Methods: Young Children with Disabilities
Part of Methods Block designed to review knowledge of basic concepts of individualized group education for young children with and without disabilities. Understanding of curriculum, materials, and methodology necessary for young children with disabilities in ECSE and inclusive educational settings. Prereq.: Education CORE and admission to Teacher Education. GPA requirement of 2.75. 3 Cr. F, S.
CFS 443. Methods and Strategies for Infants and Toddlers
Teaching strategies for infants and toddlers with and without disabiities. Assessment, intervention, program development, home visiting and working as a team. Prereq.: 431 and GPA requirement of 2.75. 3 Cr. F, S.
Child and Family Studies (CFS) Courses for Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Students
CFS 404/504. Workshop: Birth Order in the Family
Implications of birth order on the family; implications of the family constellation. 1 Cr. DEMAND.
CFS 405/505. Selected Topics in Child and Family Studies
Current issues, child/family programs, teaching methods. May be repeated up to 4 credits. 1-4 Cr. DEMAND.
CFS 406/506. Early Literacy in Inclusionary Settings
Language and literacy development (including English as a second language) in the preschool years. Creating and evaluating developmentally appropriate literacy rich environments for children with diverse needs. Prereq.: 2.75 GPA requirement 3 Cr. F, S.
CFS 415/515. Foundations of Parent/Family Education
Introduction to the history, philosophy and program models for parent/family education with emphasis on Early Childhood Family Education in Minnesota. Diverse family systems and needs for parent education. Professional and ethical behavioral outlined. 3 Cr. F.
CFS 460/560. Early Education Student Teaching
Supervised student teaching in early childhood settings. X grading option. Prereq.: College of Education CORE courses and admittance to Teacher Education. GPA requirement of 2.75. 6 Cr. F, S.