The Developing Child and Families minor enhances students’ awareness and skill in working interprofessionally in diverse times with diverse families and their young children (0-8 years of age). The program provides multicultural perspectives on whole-child development as well as principles and practices in programs, services, and supports designed for young children and their families. Beyond refining and enhancing skill to work with this target population the Developing Child and Families minor also reinforces the importance of service to one’s community through the intentional integration of service-learning in the capstone class.
The sequence of the 18 credit Developing Child and Families minor integrates interprofessional courses to develop a foundation of knowledge for those interested in working with children 0-8 years and their families. Instructional delivery is both lecture based and service-learning.
Expand students’ awareness of topics influencing children’s development in multicultural and interprofessional contexts
To encounter current issues and challenges in early childhood care, programming and education
To engage in meaningful service learning within the systems of childhood programs, policies and/or providers