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  Oct 17, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Child Development and Family Relations


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OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: A C or higher is required in CHF 200 and CHF 201. Students in the Early Childhood Education concentration are required to earn a B- or higher in CHF 200, CHF 201, CHF 203, CHF 321, CHF 322, CHF 329, CHF 331 or EHD 203, CHF 304 or EDG 400, EDT 400, EHD 101, EHD 202, EHD 204, EHD 301, ERL 317, ERL 319, and SED 302.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: Students in Early Childhood Education need a 2.75 GPA to apply for teacher candidacy.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience:  CHF 423 or 424

Contact Information: Mary Mahoney-O’Neil, Assistant Dean, 144 Shibles Hall 581-2484 or 581-2435


 

Transfer Policy

Students at the University of Maine wishing to transfer to this major should have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 for Early Childhood Education concentration or a 2.5 cumulative GPA for all other concentrations.  Students not meeting these minimum GPAs should submit an application consisting of a resume, and an essay identifying their professional goals.  A faculty committee will review applications. Application packets should be submitted to 118 Merrill Hall.  All other students need to apply through the Admissions Office.

Requirements:


English:

 Early Childhood Education concentration requires 1 ENG literature course Credits: 3

Communication:

CMJ 102, 103 or 106

Math:

MAT 107 and 108 are required for the Early Childhood Education concentration.  The Research concentration requires STS 232

Psychology:

PSY 100

Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for B.S. in Child Development and Family Relations, Individual and Family Studies concentration


The sequence for each concentration is adjusted as needed to meet requirements.

First Year - First Semester


First Year - Second Semester


Second Year - First Semester


  • CHF Elective Credits: 3
  • General Education Requirements Credits: 13

Second Year - Second Semester


  • CHF Elective Credits: 3
  • General Education Requirements Credits: 12

Third Year - First Semester


  • CHF Elective Credits: 6
  • General Education Requirements Credits: 9

Third Year - Second Semester


  • CHF Elective Credits: 6
  • General Education Requirements Credits: 3
  • Electives Credits: 6

Fourth Year - First Semester


Fourth Year - Second Semester


  • CHF Elective Credits: 3-6
  • General Education Requirements Credits: 3
  • Electives Credits: 9

1. Individual and Family Studies Concentration


This concentration supports professional preparation to work with children and families in community settings.

Course Requirements: 21 credit hours chosen from the following possible elective CHF courses:

2. Certified Family Life Educator Concentration


This concentration allows students to apply for provisional certification from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for the profession of family life education.  Family life education focuses on healthy family functioning with the goal of teaching and fostering the skills to enable individuals and families to function optimally.

Course Requirements: 24 credit hours in the following eight required CHF courses:

3. Early Childhood Education (Maine public school teaching certification) Concentration


This concentration allows students to apply for the state of Maine Endorsement 029: Early Elementary Teacher (public school grades K-3) and to be State eligible to apply for the Endorsement 081: Early Childhood Teacher.  The Endorsement 081, on a Maine teacher certificate, allows the holder to teach students birth to school age 5. A 2.75 accumulative grade point average is required to apply for teacher candidacy.

Course Requirements: 61 credit hours in the following 17 required courses:

4. Early Childhood Professional Concentration


This concentration prepares students to work in social service agencies supporting young children and their families, or as an early educator in childcare, Headstart, or private pre-K.   This concentration does not lead to State teaching certification.

Course Requirements: a minimum of 27 credit hours in CHF courses including:
21 credit hours in the following seven required CHF courses:

5. Research Concentration


This concentration provides students with direct experiences in the conduct of applied research in human, family and relationship development.  Students typically work closely with a faculty member on a research project of mutual interest, and are well positioned for future graduate study.
Course Requirements: a minimum of 24 credit hours in CHF or HUD courses including:
9 credit hours in the following three required courses:

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