Child Development/Early Childhood Education Option

The Child Development/Early Childhood Education option provides comprehensive programs in child development theory, research, professional practice and application. Studies lead to qualification for a variety of child-oriented professions including teaching in early childhood settings, child development program management, and other child service professions or preparation for graduate school in a related area. This program offers a strong foundation for varied graduate studies.

Degree Requirements

Achievement Centered Education (ACE) (22 cr)

All UNL-UNO students who are starting on the 2009-2010 bulletin will be required to complete a minimum of 3 hours of approved course work in each of the 10 designated ACE areas.

ACE 1: Written Texts Incorporating Research and Knowledge Skills (3 cr)

Select from:

ENGL 1150/ENGL 1154English Composition I

3 credits

ENGL 1154/ENGL 1150English Composition I

3 credits

ENGL 1160/ENGL 1164English Composition II

3 credits

ENGL 1164/ENGL 1160English Composition II

3 credits

ENGL 2400Advanced Composition

3 credits

JOUR 2150News Writing and Reporting

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

ACE 2: Communication Skills (3 cr)

Select from:

SPCH 1110Public Speaking Fundamentals

3 credits

SPCH 2010Interpersonal Communication

3 credits

SPCH 2410Small Group Communication and Leadership

3 credits

SPCH 3130Speech Communication in Business and the Professions

3 credits

SPCH 3140Advanced Public Speaking

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

ACE 3: Mathematical, Computational, Statistical or Formal Reasoning Skills (3 cr)

Select from:

MATH 1530Introduction to Applied Probability and Statistics

3 credits

MATH 1930Calculus for the Managerial, Life and Social Sciences

3 credits

MATH 1950Calculus I

5 credits

MATH 1960Calculus II

5 credits

MATH 1970Calculus III

4 credits

STAT 3010Statistical Methods II

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

ACE 4: Study of Scientific Methods and Knowledge of the Natural and Physical World plus lab (3+1 cr)

Select from:

PHYS 1050Introduction to Physics

4 credits

PHYS 1054Introduction to Physics Laboratory

1 credit

PHYS 1110General Physics

4 credits

PHYS 1120General Physics

4 credits

PHYS 1154General Physics Laboratory I

1 credit

PHYS 1164General Physics Laboratory II

1 credit

BIOL 1020Principles of Biology

5 credits

CHEM 1010Chemistry in The Environment and Society

3 credits

CHEM 1014Chemistry in the Environment and Society Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 1180General Chemistry I

3 or 4 credits

CHEM 1184General Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 1190General Chemistry II

3 credits

CHEM 1194General Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit

GEOG 1030Introduction to Earth and Environmental Science

5 credits

GEOG 1060Physical Geography: Climate and Waters

4 credits

GEOG 3510Meteorology

3 credits

GEOL 1010Environmental Geology

3 credits

GEOL 1170Introduction to Physical Geology

4 credits

ACE 5: Study of Humanities (3 cr)

Select from

ENGL 2230Ethnic Literature

3 credits

ENGL 2250The Short Story

3 credits

ENGL 2260Black Short Story

3 credits

ENGL 2300Introduction to Literature

3 credits

ENGL 2310Introduction to English Literature

3 credits

ENGL 2320Introduction to English Literature

3 credits

ENGL 2410Critical Approaches to Literature

3 credits

ENGL 2420Critical Approaches to Language Studies

3 credits

ENGL 2450American Literature

3 credits

ENGL 2460American Literature

3 credits

ENGL 2470Native American Literature

3 credits

HIST 1110American History to 1865

3 credits

HIST 1120American History since 1865

3 credits

HIST 2020History of Science since 1650

3 credits

HIST 2510Ancient History: Greece

3 credits

HIST 2620England since 1688

3 credits

PHIL 3110History of Ancient Philosophy

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

ACE 6: Study of Social Sciences (XX)

counted in Professional Core

ACE 7: Study of the Arts to Understand Their Context and Significance (3 cr)

One course from:

ARTS MUSIC or Theater

Total Credit Hours:3

ACE 8: Ethical Principles, Civics and Stewardship and their Importance to Society (3 cr)

Select from:

PHIL 1010Introduction to Philosophy

3 credits

PHIL 2030Introduction to Ethics

3 credits

ECON 2200Principles of Economics (Micro)

3 credits

ECON 2220Principles of Economics (Macro)

3 credits

SPCH 4510Persuasion

3 credits

JOUR 4500Mass Communication and Public Opinion

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

ACE 9: Global Awareness of Knowledge of Human Diversity through Analysis of an Issue (XX)

CYAF 4950Special Topics in Family and Cultural Diversity

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

counted in Professional Core

ACE 10: Integration of Abilities and Capacities in a Creative or Scholarly Product (XX)

counted in Professional Core

Child, Youth and Family Studies Professional Core (40 cr)

CYAF 1600Human Development and the Family

3 credits

CYAF 2220Introduction to Family Finance

3 credits

CYAF 3330Families in the Economy

3 credits

CYAF 3820Parenting

3 credits

CYAF 4880Child and Family Policy

3 credits

CYAF 4950Special Topics in Family and Cultural Diversity

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:40

CEHS 200: ACE 6

CYAF 4950: ACE 9

CYAF 497A: ACE 10