Child Development & Family Relations Course Descriptions


Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by subject prefix. Each course description begins with a three letter subject prefix followed by a three – digit course number and the course title. The number on the right of each course description gives the semester credit hours for that course. If a course includes laboratory or other special activities, that information is contained in the course description. Prerequisites are also listed. A prerequisite is a course, experience, or other required preparation that must be completed before the student is permitted to enroll in the course.


CDF 101 – Intro Early Child Edu
Examines various program models and philosophies of early childhood education and includes a basic introduction to the overall needs of young children. (Lecture, field trips, and observation)

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

No Prerequisite

CDF 102 – Family Development
Examines the stages of the family life cycle and interpersonal relationships among family members. (Lecture and dis-cussion)

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

No Prerequisite
CDF 203 – Child Development I
This course examines the physical, mental, social, and emotional growth of a child from conception through age three. Providing quality care and education of infants and toddlers. (Lecture and observation)

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

No Prerequisite
CDF 204 – Child Development II
Prerequisite: CDF 203. A lecture/observation course designed for child development and early education (K/4) majors which examines the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth of the child from age four through eight years. (Lecture and observation)
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Prerequisite: CDF 203
CDF 206 – Mus/Games/ Creative Exper
Prerequisite: CDF 204. Study of the creative process and imagination of young children. Appropriate procedures for the establishment of a climate conducive to creativity in preschool learning environments.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Prerequisite: CDF 204
CDF 305 – Mat/Meth Early Child Edu
Prerequisites: CDF 203 and CDF 204. A study of content, methods, and materials for teaching young children in a group setting.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Prerequisite: CDF 203 and CDF 204
CDF 315 – Child Guidance
Prerequisites: CDF 203 and CDF 204. Intense study of child development theories and guidance techniques. (Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory)
3.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours
2.00 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture and Laboratory, Lecture
Prerequisite: CDF 203 and CDF 204
CDF 316 – Teacher’s Role Fam/Sch Rel
A study of current principles and practices and the analysis of factors which enhance the teacher’s role in family/ school relations. (Lecture and report/writing)

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture and Laboratory

No Prerequisite
CDF 318 – Assessment Young Child
Prerequisites: Junior classification or consent of instructor. A study and application of various assessment instruments and evaluative techniques utilized in determining the needs of children birth through five years.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture and Laboratory
No Prerequisite
CDF 407 – Adv PractJunior  Early Child Prog I
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Supervised practicum in the Early Childhood Learning Center. (Eight hours laboratory, one hour lecture)
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
8.00 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture and Laboratory
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
CDF 408 – Adv Prac Early Ch Prog II
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Supervised practicum in the Early Childhood Learning Center. (Eight hours laboratory, one hour lecture)

3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
8.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture and Laboratory, Lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
CDF 409 – Org & Adm of Early Ch Prog
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Organization and administration of early childhood education programs including housing, equipment, programs, records, and parent involvement.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
CDF 420 – Parent Education
Study and application of various principles and techniques useful in working with parents of preschool through adolescent children.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture and Laboratory, Lecture

No Prerequisite
CDF 421 – Cultural Divers Child/Family
Exploratory study of cultural aspects, value system, family, social and economic roles of various races and ethnic groups in the American Society.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture and Laboratory, Lecture
No Prerequisite