Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

Course Descriptions

CYFS 310: Introduction to Child, Youth and Family Studies

Credits: 5.0

Examines an overview of the field of child and family studies, reviewing its historic development, current trends, and the advantages of an interdisciplinary approach to serving children, youth, and families. Analyzes the application of theoretical and conceptual foundations to a variety of professional career settings in early childhood education and social and human services. Prerequisite(s): Admission to BAS Program.

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CYFS 320: Resources and System Navigation

Credits: 5.0

Examines community resources in the context of community building, family support and empowerment, cultural competence, and social justice. Analyzes and develops skills in navigating complex systems that impact children, youth, and families. Prerequisite(s): Admission to BAS Program.

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CYFS 330: Applied Family Systems Theories

Credits: 5.0

Course constructs understanding of interconnected relationships in which children, youth, and families function and grow. Systems theories and the ecological perspective and how they infuence humand development are examined. Evaluates how the interaction within the family systems reflects the social environment in the diversity of socioeconomics, culture, language, and ethnicity, is a central framework of the class. Prerequisite(s): Admission to BAS Program.

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CYFS 340: Professional Practice in Child, Youth, and Family Studies

Credits: 5.0

Course examines how laws and policies affect professional practice in educational and social programs. Societal influences that impact professional individuals, and the young children, youth, and families they serve, are constructed in the context of culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual identity, and disabilities. Prerequisite(s): Admission to BAS Program.

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CYFS 350: Social Policy Issues and Advocacy

Credits: 5.0

Examines how individuals and groups influence social policy. Analyzes models, skills, and approaches necessary to advocate for and influence policy, and to help others learn to advocate for themselves. Examines current issues and programs influencing the well-being and welfare of children, youth, and families. Prerequisite(s): Admission to BAS Program.

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CYFS 390: Practicum I

Credits: 5.0

Course constructs learning of principles, practices, and strategies in child, youth, and family studies to professional experiences in early learning or social services programs in the community. Analysis through observation and reflection is a basis for intentional support of constructive developmental growth. Prerequisite(s): Admission to BAS Program. Permit code required.

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CYFS 410: Social Justice in Child, Youth, and Family Studies

Credits: 5.0

Course examines principles of inclusion and effective interactions with diverse populations, with respect of culture, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, and disabilities. Theoretical foundations are analyzed to provide professionals in early education and social services with anti-bias strategies that address power, privilege, voice, marginalization, and oppression to transform social structures to strengthen societal equity for children and families. Prerequisite(s): Admission to BAS Program.

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CYFS 420: Applied Research Methods and Information Literacy

Credits: 5.0

Analyzes for understanding and critically evaluating research that impacts children, youth, and families. Develops a framework for conducting research and applying knowledge in practical settings. Formulates skills in information literacy and the research process with emphasis on finding, evaluating, and using scholarly information in education and social services settings. Prerequisite(s): Admission to BAS Program and MATH& 146.

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CYFS 430: Trauma and Resilience in Children, Youth, and Families

Credits: 5.0

Examines causes and consequences of stressors affecting children, youth and families. Constructs skills to provide support, early intervention, and prevention of future problems related to trauma, as well as self-care and awareness of the effect of exposure to others' trauma for the professional. Evaluates the significance of the individual's strengths and resilience as important frameworks for assessment and practice. Prerequisite(s): Admission to BAS Program.

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CYFS 440: Leadership in Child, Youth, and Family Programs

Credits: 5.0

The course constructs leadership skills that apply to programs for young children, youth, and families. Supervision, mentoring, and coaching are examined in relationship-based learning practices. Strategies are evaluated through inquiry and reflection, using a strengths-based approach of professional development. Prerequisite(s): Admission to BAS Program.

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CYFS 490: Practicum II

Credits: 5.0

Course synthesizes completed coursework, previous practicums, and past experiences in child, youth, and family studies. A well-developed professional philosophy in early learning or social services is comprehensively evaluated and applied in community settings. Prerequisite(s): Admission to BAS Program. Permit code required.

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CYFS 495: Program Development and Capstone Project

Credits: 5.0

Course evaluates components of program development in early childhood education and social services. Best practices of the discipline are assessed and applied to creating new programs, sustaining existing models, adapting to changes, incorporating innovation, and integration of services for the benefit and development of children, youth, and adults that are served. Prerequisite(s): Admission to BAS Program. Permit code required.

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