Child Study, Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Child Study is designed to prepare competent and dynamic professionals for work with young children and their families, both in and outside of the classroom.  

This degree program is grounded in developmental theory and emerging educational trends in early childhood education. Upon completion of the program, students will have developed ethical decision-making abilities, the skills to foster relationships, and strategies for engaging in informed advocacy for children and the profession. Most courses in this program are offered in a blended format with both on-ground and online sessions.

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Child Study are prepared to work as professionals in the field of early childhood in the following roles and settings:

  • Early childhood educator, such as a child care center teacher, family child care provider, Head Start teacher, or paraprofessional in the public schools;
  • Home-family support provider, such as home visitor, family advocate, child protective services worker, or parent educator; or
  • Professional support roles, such as early childhood administrator in a child care or Head Start program, staff trainer, peer/program mentor, or advocate at the community, state, or national level.

The Bachelor of Science in Child Study is an approved program of study leading to the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC). For more information about this credential please visit the OEC website. In addition, Goodwin College offers courses in all areas leading to the Connecticut Director’s Credential. The specified courses can be taken as part of the Child Study degree program or as a non-matriculated student. For more information, please contact the Program Director for Child Study.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor Degree program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Create developmentally-appropriate learning environments and instruction that are based on knowledge of each child’s strengths, interests, and needs and that enable each child to advance his or her learning.
  2. Create respectful, reciprocal relationships that acknowledge the complex characteristics of children’s families and communities and support families’ active and authentic engagement in their children’s development and learning.
  3. Reflect on and analyze their practice to improve outcomes for all children.
  4. Design, implement, and evaluate developmentally-meaningful and challenging curriculum for all children based on early learning standards and high-quality resources.
  5. Apply the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct to their work with children, families, and other early childhood professionals.
  6. Locate and use appropriate professional resources and engage with professional organizations to inform and improve their practice.
  7. Advocate for children, families, and the early childhood profession.
  8. Communicate effectively and professionally orally and through writing.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the general graduation requirements as stated in the Graduation and Degree Conferral section of this catalog as well as the general education requirements for bachelor's degrees located in the Programs of Study section. In addition, students must complete all Early Childhood core courses, PSY 115 and PSY 365 with a minimum grade of “C” in each course and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Curriculum

Bachelor in Child Study

General Education Core Requirements - 40 Credits

ENG 101English Composition

3

ENG 1XXEnglish Elective

3

ENG 3XXEnglish Elective

3

COM 105Interpersonal Communications

3

CAP 1XXComputer Literacy (CAP)*

3

MATH 1XXMathematics (MATH)

3

SCI 1XXScience Elective

4

PSY 112Introduction to Psychology

3

HIS 1XXHistory Elective

3

General Education Electives**

12

*Students have the option to test out of CAP 110 and take a General Education elective instead.  The test must be completed prior to the first attempt.  See CAP 005 policy.

**Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, IDA, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, SOC, and PSC.


Child Study Major Core Requirements - 60 Credits

Freshman Year

ECE 101Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 102Health, Safety and Nutrition for Early Childhood Programs

3

ECE 110Creativity and the Young Child

3

ECE 120Math and Science for Young Children

3

PSY 115Child Development

3

Sophomore Year

ECE 201The Exceptional Child and Learner

3

ECE 210Observation and Assessment in the Early Childhood Classroom

3

ECE 231Early Language and Literacy Development

3

ECE 251Student Teaching I

3

ECE 252Student Teaching II

3

Junior Year

ECE 220Multicultural Aspects of Early Childhood

3

ECE 221Social and Emotional Development in Young Children

3

ECE 315/SOC 315Family-School-Community Partnerships

3

ECE 340/PSY 340Psychology of the Exceptional Child

3

PSY 365Advanced Child Development

3

Senior Year

ECE 320Technology and Education

3

ECE 410Education Research

3

ECE 411Action Research Project

3

 

ECE 450Capstone: Internship Experience

6

OR

ECE 451Capstone: Student Teaching

6

Electives - 21 Credits

ECE 1XXElectives

6

OPEN Electives

15

Total Credit Hours: 121