Jul 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health and Human Services BA - Child and Family Studies Concentration/Early Childhood /Childhood Education EdM

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Undergraduate Course Requirements

Health and Human Services Core (6 credits)

Eight Child and Family Studies Concentration Courses (24 credits)

Graduate Course Requirements

Early Childhood Education Core (42 credits)

  • LAI 501 - Instructional Practices in Elementary Schools
  • LAI 511 - Diversity in Early Childhood 
  • LAI 521 - Improving Social Studies Instruction
  • LAI 526 - Agencies and Services for Children
  • LAI 530 - Improving Elementary Science Instruction
  • LAI 540 - Improving Elementary Math Instruction
  • LAI 550 - Literacy Acquisition and Instruction, Pre-K Primary
  • LAI 551 - Childhood Literacy Methods
  • LAI 562 - ELL - Emergent Theory and Practices
  • LAI 595 - Supervised Teaching II
  • LAI 667 - Field Experience
  • LAI 674 - Seminar in Teaching
  • LAI 668 - Supervised Teaching 1

Three Education Electives (9 credits)

  • Nine credits of LAI at the graduate level (See AAR for full list of course options)

Culminating Experience (3 credits)

  • LAI 700 - Capstone


*Continuation in the major will be contingent on completing PSY 101  and SSC 103  with a minimum grade of C in each.

**No more than two PSY and two SOC courses may be taken.

***Dual listed with a graduate course and satisfies both undergraduate and graduate requirements.

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 46-48

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • 0-2 undergraduate elective credits
  • 10 credits of Education Core*

Total Undergraduate Credits Required: 91

Total Graduate Credits Required for Degree: 54

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 145

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

For students not continuously registered at UB or who are newly admitted transfer students, courses taken more than 10 years prior to the date of admission or readmission to the University may constitute no more than 20% of a major in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs. Students who have more than 20% of course work over 10 years old will be required to complete additional courses in the major.

To progress to the graduate portion of the program, students must maintain a 3.000 GPA, earn a “C” grade or higher in content courses (courses in the undergraduate major); earn a “B-” or better in all education coursework (courses that begin with CEP, ELP, and LAI), and complete an interview in the Office of Educator Preparation. Students must complete these progression points by March of year three of the bachelor’s program to be eligible to register for graduate level coursework. No formal application is required for graduate school.

Transfer Credit Policy

At least 50 percent of coursework toward the major must be completed at UB.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 15 or 16

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 17 or 18

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 14

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Fall

  • Research Methods Credits: 3
  • Concentration Course Credits: 3
  • Concentration Course Credits: 3
  • Concentration Course Credits: 3
  • Concentration Course Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 13

Fourth Year Fall

  • LAI 500 level Elective Credits: 3
  • LAI 550LEC - Literacy Acq/Inst Prek-Pri Credits: 3
  • LAI 540LEC - Imprvg Elem Math Instr Credits: 3
  • LAI 521LEC - Improve Elem Social Studies Credits: 3

Total Credits: 12

Fourth Year Spring

  • LAI 501LEC - Instr Practices Elem Sch Credits: 3
  • LAI 511LEC - Diversity Ea Ch/Chldhd Ed Credits: 3
  • LAI 526LEC - Agencies & Svs for Chldrn Credits: 3
  • LAI 551LEC - Childhood Literacy Methods Credits: 3

Total Credits: 12

Fifth Year Fall

  • LAI 500 level Elective Credits: 3
  • LAI 530LEC - Imprvg Elem Science Instr Credits: 3
  • LAI 562LEC - English Lang Lrnrs in EC/C Credits: 3
  • LAI 667TUT - Field Experience Credits: 3
  • LAI 700TUT - Indiv Guidnc Capstn Event Credits: 3 

Total Credits: 15

Fifth Year Spring

  • LAI 674TUT - Seminar in Teaching Credits: 3
  • LAI 668TUT - Supervised Teaching I Credits: 3
  • LAI 595TUT - Supervised Teaching II Credits: 6

Total Credits: 12

Total Credits Required: 145

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have the ability to:

  • Identify a range of health and human services professions and their characteristics; understand typical human services (HS) problems and client needs; understand the theoretical foundations of human service intervention.
  • Understand the foundational principles of two social science disciplines critical to HS intervention.
  • Critically evaluate social science methodologies and research; propose a research project that would answer a significant research question; utilize statistical methods to evaluate data in relation to knowledge claims.
  • Recognize the importance of human values and cultural diversity in the provision of health and human services.
  • Develop personal characteristics and professional skills-e.g., interview, presentation, writing-necessary for success in HS positions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of child and adolescent agencies and services, early childhood development, language development, educational research and practice, family structure/functions, and childhood interventions.

In addition, graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate subject specific content expertise that supports effective teaching in the field.
  • Create inclusive learning environments to meet individual differences in a caring, culturally responsive, and professional manner.
  • Construct relevant and rigorous curricula that include critical assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Design, develop, and evaluate learning experiences that maximize the use of digital and interactive technologies.
  • Promote the application of research and evidence-based practices in diverse settings throughout their teaching careers.
  • Remain intellectually curious, continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure ongoing excellence in teaching.


(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP45.0101 Social Sciences, General)


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