Program Curriculum

Human Services Core (13 Credits)Cr
SHS 103 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY 5
Introduction to social welfare policy, social justice, and systems. Emphasis on social welfare policies, systems, and services designed to respond to social issues: public welfare, child welfare, mental health, chemical dependency, aging, poverty, health, disabilities, and corrections. Prereq or corequisite: SHS 100 with a minimum 2.0 grade point average; Eligible for ENGL& 101 and MATH 084.
SHS 106 PRINCIPLES OF INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING 5
Intro to beginning-level interviewing and counseling skills in multicultural settings. Demonstration of human services values and knowledge of diverse populations' needs through counseling techniques: developing relationships; identifying problems, solutions, and goals; and evaluating progress. Prereqisite: ENGL& 101, SHS 100, & SHS 103 with a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Eligible for MAT 084.
SHS 108 GROUP DYNAMICS & COUNSELING 5
Intro to group work, including group processes, communication patterns, group and individual goal-setting, leadership and decision-making. Includes group participation, role-playing and simulations. Prereq or corequisite: ENGL& 102;
SHS 197 FIELD PLACEMENT: SOCIAL AND HUMAN SERVICES 3
Supervised community-based field experience in which students apply knowledge and develop skills by working in public and private agencies and organizations.
Related Instruction (20 Credits)Cr
ENGL&101 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 5
Covers academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Focuses on engaging and responding to a variety of texts. Through revision and reflection, develop skills as readers, writers and critical thinkers.
HUM 105 INTERCULTURE COMMUNICATION 5
Interdisciplinary focus on the role of languages and culture in effective intercultural communication including values, patterns, history and attitudes that create and sustain cultures. Emphasis on skills and empathy gained from the study of diverse cultures through literature, theory and guest lecturers.
PSYC&200 LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY 5
Survey of human physical, psychological, and social development from conception through death. Emphasis on major developmental theories, research and research methods of studying life-span development.
SOC& 101 ORINTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 5
Covers human social interaction with emphasis on group aspects of human behavior. Includes culture, socialization, family, education, urbanization, gender roles, social class, deviance, race, sexuality, demography and social change.
SOC 250 MARRIAGE, FAMILY AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS 5
Child & Family Specialization (12 Credits)Cr
CFS 110 *DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE ACTIVITIES ENVIRONME 3
Intro to working with children and families in designing welcoming, safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments.
CFS 120 *PHYSICAL & INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT 3
Examines physical, cognitive, creative and linguistic developmental needs and stages of children from birth through pre-adolescence.
CFS 130 *SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT 3
Covers the social, emotional, self-esteem and identity development of children from birth through pre-adolescence. Explores methods and strategies for creating a holistic approach to supporting development. Addresses guidance and behavior management.
CFS 245 *PARTNERSHIPS WITH DIVERSE FAMILIES 3
Focuses on understanding family structures and developing conceptual frameworks and strategies that support all members of the school and service community. Particular emphasis is on issues and approaches for working with family in urban environments.
School-Age Children, Youth & FamiliesCr
CFS 145 ACTIVITIES TO FOSTER DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL AGE YEAR 3
Examines physical, social, emotional, cognitive and moral development of school-age children including the family, peer group and community. Covers individual differences, typical issues and areas of concern. Includes roles of practitioners and history and philosophies of various program models.
CFS 155 DEVELOPMENT DURING THE ADOLESCENT YEARS 3
Examines all stages of adolescent development within social and cultural contexts including family, peer group and community. Explores issues youth face, youth culture and values, coming of age and rites of passage.
CFS 180 GUIDING BEHAVIOR & SOCIAL DEV SCHOOL AGE AND AD 3
Covers the social, emotional, self-esteem and the identity development from childhood to adolescence. Explores methods and strategies for creating a holistic approach to supporting development. Addresses guidance and behavior management.
CFS 208 PLANNING & SPACE DESIGN FOR SCHOOL-AGE & YOUTH 3
Theoretical and practical examination of successful, diverse, inclusive environments. Includes design of the learning environment, materials, family involvement, programming and activities. Applicable to recreation, tutoring, health, education, social services, cultural arts and other out-of-school-time environments.
CFS 215 MATH AND SCIENCE WITH YOUNG CHILDREN 3
Explores the many ways young children integrate math and science concepts into their daily lives and how to support their classroom learning. Emphasis on promoting cognitive development, basic concepts of math and science taught during the early years, ways for supporting those groups typically underrepresented in the STEM fields.
CFS 223 PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT IN SCHOOL AGE/YOUTH PROGRAM 2
Explores strategies and methods for incorporating cooperative games, sports, dance, creative movement and leadership development into youth programs. Examines and expands movement repertoire, coaching and mentoring skills and culturally diverse approaches.
CFS 228 CHILDHOOD/ADOLESCENT SEXUALITY & EDUCATION 3
Explores biological sexual development and culturally specific responses to myths and misinformation common among children, youth and families. Covers strategies for incorporating accurate, culturally-sensitive information with families, children and youth. Explores issues of sexual-identity development including gender roles, sexuality, stereotypes and the impact of the media. Examines responses to teen-pregnancy and sexual abuse.
CFS 252 VIOLENCE PREVENTION 3
Examines the nature of violence in our community, including institutionalized violence, media violence, domestic violence, bullying, and gangs. Covers impact of prevention programs, strategies and methods for community-building and empowerment.
Program Development & ManagementCr
CFS 290 BUDGET AND FINANCE 4
Covers budget design and monitoring; money, credit and financial statements; bookkeeping and financial planning; taxes and other legal requirements; computer applications; fees and other revenue sources; grant writing and fund raising; the budget/quality link.
CFS 296
Additional CoursesCr
CFS 225 ASSESSMENT & PROGRAMMING 3
Covers approaches for assessing of the individual child, the family, an agency, and community, and developing programming for utilizing strengths and meeting needs.
CFS 263 CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES 3
Focuses on the social, emotional, physical, legal, historical and environmental issues which may affect children and youth with disabilities and their families. Explores strategies for supporting an inclusive learning environment for children, youth, and families.
CFS 270 CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH 3
Explores the impacts of typical family stresses including health care, wellness, safety, childcare, nutrition. Focuses on ways for building strong communities.
CFS 280 METHODS CULTURAL RELV/ANTI-BIAS:CHILD & FAMILIES 3
Specific strategies for working with all families and creating holistic, inclusive learning communities. Includes awareness and strategies for addressing bias.
CFS 284 LITERACY DEVELOPMENT FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES 3
Understanding and practical strategies for literacy development, home -to-school connection and supporting English language learners.
CFS 299 M.E.R.I.T. 2
A series of workshops and classes designed to support The Managed Education and Registry Information Tool known as MERIT, Washington State?s system for documenting professional achievements of early care and education and school-age professionals.

* These four courses may be used to meet the educational requirements needed for a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, which is administered by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. All classes provide appropriate education that can apply towards these requirements.

Total Program Credits: 45

Note: In order to successfully complete the certificate, a 2.0 grade or better is required in all child and family studies specialization, human services core, and related instruction courses. Students wishing to take selected courses in the social and human services specialization area should meet with the division counselor.

Students may choose to graduate either under the program of study requirements stated in the college catalog at the time they first enter this program, or under the requirements listed in the catalog in effect at the time they apply for graduation-unless more than five years have elapsed since the student entered the program, and providing that the courses required for completion are still offered.

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