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Undergraduate Courses

The curriculum of the Department of Child and Family is comprised of courses that teach foundational perspectives about children and families in the context of their environments, including principles and theories about human and child development, families, and child education from historical, social, and philosophical standpoints. It also includes courses that enable students to grow as child and family experts by providing them with opportunities for field experiences and teaching more in-depth and specialized knowledge and research methodologies.

 

Categories

Courses

Major-specific courses

Development

Infant Development, Early Childhood Development, Adolescent Development, Cognitive Development, Human Learning and Development, Parent Education, Parent-child Relationships, Guiding Children’s Socio-emotional Development, Studies in Human Ecology, The Brain and Behavior, Personality Development, Theories of Mental Health, The Neurobiology of Human Relationships, Emerging Adulthood

Child education

Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Curriculum for Early Childhood Education, Nutrition for Children, Children’s Literature, Music for Young Children, Guiding Children’s Play, Guiding Children’s Socio-emotional Development, Science for Young Children, Art for Young Children, Teaching Methods for Young Children, Educational Materials for Young Children, Teacher Education, Parent Education, Childcare Practicum, Health Education for Young Children, Teaching Children Language and Literacy, Math for Young Children, Movement for Young Children, Administration and Management in ECE

Counseling

Child Counseling, Family Counseling, Theories of Child Welfare, Observation of Children’s Behavior, Understanding Children with Special Needs, Foundation of Group Counseling, Play Therapy, Understanding Children’s Behavioral Problems, Psychological Assessments for Children

Family

Introduction to Family Studies, Family Relationships, Family and Gender, Understanding Close Relationships, Family Life Education, Aging and Families, Family Policy, Family Welfare

General

Research Methods in Child and Family Studies, Statistics in Child and Family Studies, Healthy Families Practicum, Child and Families Practicum

 

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Early Childhood Education / 3 credits

Teaches the historical, social, and philosophical background and basic principles and theories of early childhood education.

Introduction to Family Studies / 3 credits

Introduces various concepts and general theories about families and discusses the cultural changes and increasing diversity seen in families to broaden students’ overall understanding of family studies.

Early Childhood Development / 3 credits

Explores the characteristics of the stages of childhood beginning at age 3.

Family Counseling / 3 credits

Teaches about the harm that can arise from familial relationships and their causes through family therapy models and various methods for solving familial problems.

Infant Development / 3 credits

Provides an overview of general principles and theories about development and an understanding of developmental characteristics from the prenatal period through age 2.

Music for Young Children / 3 credits

Teaches the theory and practice of music education to foster children’s creative expression through music.

Guiding Children’s Socio-emotional Development / 3 credits

Introduces planning and teaching methods for socio-emotional education programs that help foster positive self-concepts in and social interactions between children based on theories and studies about children’s socio-emotional development.

Art for Young Children / 3 credits

Teaches the theory and practice of art education to foster children’s creative expression through art.

Understanding Children’s Behavioral Problems / 3 credits

Analyzes children’s problematic behaviors from the perspective of theories about development, psychology, society, and families and teaches how these behaviors are dealt with in clinical settings.

Child Counseling / 3 credits

Teaches various theories about child counseling and how to apply them to address children’s problems.

Psychological Assessments for Children / 3 credits

Teaches the principles of using psychological assessments used to identify differences among children and how to apply them.

Math for Young Children / 3 credits

Teaches theories about the purpose of, content of, and teaching methods for mathematical education for young children and the role of teachers in math education programs.

Guiding Children’s Play / 3 credits

Examines key theories about children’s play and how to use play to promote children’s social, cognitive, emotional, and linguistic development.

Family Relationships / 3 credits

Teaches about interactions between family members mainly in terms of spousal and parent-child relationships and analyzes contemporary problems in families.

Children’s Literature / 3 credits

Teaches the theory and practice of how various genres of children’s literature can be used for language education.

Teaching Methods for Young Children / 3 credits

Teaches the theory and practice of teaching children in kindergartens and nurseries.

Understanding Close Relationships / 3 credits

Teaches about key topics and relevant theories about various close relationships and discusses related experiences in actual social situations.

Personality Development / 3 credits

Introduces the factors that affect personality formation, developmental tendencies, personality assessment methods, and personality theory.

Science for Young Children / 3 credits

Teaches theories of children’s scientific concept development, the content of and teaching methods for children’s science education, and how theory is applied in actual programs.

Parent Education / 3 credits

Teaches desirable child-rearing methods and various means and media to teach parents about them while underscoring the importance of the role of parents in child-rearing.

Play Therapy / 3 credits

Teaches and has students use play therapy principles and techniques with a focus on understanding children’s development to promote it and problems to help solve them.

Nutrition for Children / 3 credits

Teaches about appropriate individual and group nutrition during childhood.

Curriculum for Early Childhood Education / 3 credits

Teaches about early childhood education curriculums to be used in practice based on early childhood education theory in terms of educational objectives, content selection and organization, learning methods, learning evaluations, the teacher’s role, and teaching methods.

Observation of Children’s Behavior / 3 credits

Teaches various child observation methods.

Adolescent Development / 3 credits

Teaches about the developmental process from adolescence to early adulthood in terms of physical, physiological, and psychological changes related to cognition, emotion, social relationships, and self-identity formation.

Movement for Young Children / 3 credit

Teaches the theory and practice of movement education to foster children’s ability to creatively express themselves through movement.

Cognitive Development / 3 credits

Teaches about various cognitive development and cognition theories for the developmental stages of infancy, early childhood, childhood, and adolescence.

Understanding Children with Special Needs / 3 credits

Teaches about various categories of childhood disabilities and children’s developmental characteristics, special needs, interventions that promote development, and learning by disability category.

Health Education for Young Children / 3 credits

Teaches how to maintain and enhance child health and provide health education at educational institutions for children.

Teaching Children Language and Literacy / 3 credits

Teaches about the characteristics of verbal and written language during infancy and early childhood, the theory and practice of teaching language skills at educational institutions and in the home, factors that influence children’s language education, appropriate learning environments, and how educational institutions and the home can collaborate.

Family Welfare / 3 credits

Teaches perspectives on family welfare, family problems, methods and skills for promoting family welfare, and ways to support various types of families in response to the diversification of family structures and changes in the welfare function of families driven by rapid social changes.

Brain and Behavior / 3 credits

Teaches about the neurobiological basis of human behavior, key concepts about the development and plasticity of the brain, and how those concepts are related to human behavior.

Statistics in Child and Family Studies / 3 credits

Teaches basic statistical analysis concepts and principles and how statistical analysis methods are applied and their results are interpreted in child and family studies.

Teacher Education / 3 credits

Teaches theory, practice, occupational skills, and policies relevant to teaching children.

Family Life Education / 3 credits

Introduces family life education, methods for developing and evaluating family life educational programs, and various programs actually used in the field.

Theories of Mental Health / 3 credits

Teaches about the symptoms, causes, and ways to prevent problems that arise during childhood and adolescence due to abnormalities in development, such as mental retardation, defiance, eating disorders, obesity, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity disorder, depression, suicide, anxiety disorders, conduct disorders, and schizophrenia.

Administration and Management in ECE / 3 credits

Teaches about how to establish educational institutes for children and manage them and their human and physical resources.

Foundation of Group Counseling / 3 credits

Teaches basic knowledge and methodologies about group counseling and various related topics, including theoretical perspectives of group counseling, the group counseling process from planning to execution, the role and function of counselors, and ethical issues.

Studies in Human Ecology / 3 credits

Examines recent trends in human development studies and develops critical skills for relevant research based on a lifespan development approach and ecological perspectives.

Family and Gender / 3 credits

Teaches about how gender ideologies influence the division of public and private areas and the division of labor by gender in the family as a private area.

Research Methods in Child and Family Studies / 3 credits

Teaches research methods and techniques required to conduct empirical research on child development and families and how to plan research.

Theories of Child Welfare / 3 credits

Teaches about various welfare policies related to children and families, analyzes and compares them with related policies in other countries, and studies the mutual influence between policies and children and their families.

Child and Family Practicum / 3 credits

Offers students opportunities to apply their knowledge in the field and deepen their understanding of practice through field training at major-related institutions.

Child Care Practicum / 3 credits

Teaches students the knowledge and gives them the experience needed to become a professional preschool teacher through field trainings at childcare institutions. Required to acquire the preschool teacher certification.

Aging and Families / 3 credits

Teaches about the development process from adulthood to senescence and the changes and adjustments in spousal and parent-child relationships in mid-to-late adulthood.

Family Policy / 3 credits

Teaches about public policies related to families, concepts about family policies, the relationship between family policies and related areas, and various ideologies that influence family policies.

Healthy Family Practicum

Teaches about the role of healthy family supporters and gives students the field experience needed to become a professional in this area.

Parent-child Relationships / 3 credits

Teaches about the changes and characteristics of parent-child relationships in each childhood development stage from an ecological viewpoint.

Neurobiology of Human Relationships / 3 credits

Teaches about how experiences and brain development during childhood and adolescence mutually interact and how such interactions affect humans’ adaptability from a neurobiological approach.

Emerging Adulthood / 3 credits

Teaches about various elements of early adulthood, such as the family, friends, romantic partners, school, and work; biological, cognitive, and psychological changes; risks unique to this period; the resilience of the mind; and the influence of the culture, gender, and socioeconomic status on adaptation during this period.

Educational Materials for Young Children / 3 credits

Teaches theories and techniques for teaching young children and using educational materials to support their development.

Human Learning and Development / 3 credits

Teaches human learning theory; how learning processes will change in various ways, including cognitively, emotionally, socially, physically, and linguistically, as a result of the Fourth Industrial Revolution; effective learning methods for children; and learning theory included in the certification examinations for those who want to become counselors for teenagers.