Course Catalog: Graduate Department of Child Life and Family Studies

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Paul Thayer, Co-Chair and Associate Professor
Claire White, Co-Chair and Assistant Professor
Catherine Donahue, Associate Professor
Suzanne Graca, Instructor
Ann Herzog, Instructor
Carolyn Kurker-Gallagher, Instructor

Available Programs of Study:

Certificate in Family and Parenting Services
Master of Science, Birth to Three: Infant, Toddler & Family Specialist
Master of Science, Child Life and Family Centered Care
Master of Science, Child Life and Family Centered Care: Advanced Studies

Certificate in Family and Parenting Services/12 credits

Increasingly, parenting and family support and education are being recognized as an appropriate strategy for supporting parents and parents-to-be, and as a foundation for raising healthy children and families. There is a high demand for knowledgeable, skilled professionals in this developing field. In this program, professionals who work with families in supportive, educational and therapeutic capacities will gain knowledge of the issues and concerns of parents, and of how to respond to these concerns; gain an understanding of how adults grow and develop and of the developmental stages of parenting; and gain the skills needed to work more effectively with parents individually and in groups.

HDF 515 Lifespan Development II: Adult Development/3 cr

CFS 614 Perspectives on Parenting/3 cr

CFS 737 Working with Parents/3 cr

CFP 603 Practicum and Seminar I: Family Studies/3 cr

M.S./ Birth to Three: Infant, Toddler & Family Specialist/30 credits

The Birth to Three: Infant, Toddler & Family Specialist program is designed for professionals who have some knowledge of young children and their families and who are interested in the study of infant and toddler behavior and development, learning environments and curriculum development for very young children, and family-support programs in a variety of settings: child care, early intervention, early head start, research, corporate and clinical settings. The program features a transdisciplinary approach to considering the context and development of infants, toddlers and their families. Knowledge from the fields of child development, early childhood and special education, medicine, social work, and parenting support and education inform course work and practicum experiences. Students develop skills in assessment, curriculum, family support, home- and center-based program implementation, transdisciplinary teaming, interagency collaboration, consultation and advocacy, program development, administration, and leadership.

The program offers students opportunities for practica in settings that will lead to certification in teaching Teacher, Lead Teacher) and administration (Director I and II) from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and/or the Department of Public Health. Upon entry into the program, with the guidance of an academic advisor, each student develops an individualized study plan that outlines the student’s professional goals, time-line for program completion, area of focus for coursework and the practicum experiences. The study plan is based on an analysis of the program competencies, which are addressed through course work and practicum experiences. These competencies are in six areas: Infant Development, Curriculum, Interpersonal Communication/ Collaboration, Program Development and Advocacy, Family Support and Education and Professionalism. Throughout their course of study, each student develops a portfolio with evidence for each of the competencies, which is reviewed by faculty throughout the program.

Career options for graduates of the Birth to Three Masters Program include infant and toddler specialist or consultant, early intervention specialist, administrator of child care, early intervention or early head start, public policy analyst, environmental designer, and college instructor.

A minimum of one child development course is required for ad-mission. Prerequisites: Course in Child Development (Undergraduate or Graduate credit)

Requirements

Core Courses

Research Selective/3 cr

Multicultural Selective/3 cr

Program Coursework

Semester one:

HDF 502 Infant and Toddler Behavior and Development/3 cr

CFS 504 Assessment of Development in Infants and Toddlers/3 cr

Semester two:

CFSxxx Supporting Families with Infants & Toddlers in Home and Community Settings/3 cr

CFS 514 Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers/3 cr

CFS 612 Prac & Seminar I: Focus on Birth to Three Programming/4 cr

Semester three:

CFS 560 Developing Infant & Toddler Programs/3 cr

CFS 614 Prac & Seminar II: Focus on Supervision & Mentoring/4 cr

CFS XXX B-3 Portfolio I/1 cr

Each practicum is 300 hours, 20 hours per week for semesters two and three.

M.S./Child Life and Family Centered Care/ 39 Credits

The Child Life and Family-Centered Care program prepares students to work as child life specialists in inpatient, outpatient, and community-based health care settings. Students develop skills as child development specialists, interdisciplinary team members and health educators. They select courses in child life, human development, multiculturalism, research, and child and family studies. The Child Life and Family-Centered Care Program includes clinical experiences and course work that prepare students, as members of an interdisciplinary health team, to support the psychosocial and developmental needs of children and families across the health care continuum. Upon successful completion of the program, students will obtain a Master of Science in Child Life and Family Centered Care, course verification forms for the Child Life Council, and will be eligible to sit for the Child Life Council Certification examination.

Learning outcomes for the Child Life and Family Centered Care major:

Students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to assess needs of children under-going medical treatments and provide psychological preparation for stressful events;
  • Implement child life services using evidence-based practice;
  • Create an environment where play is valued;
  • Provide a safe, therapeutic, and healing environment for children and families

Requirements

Core Courses 9 credits

HDF 526 The Meaning and Development of Play/3 cr

Multicultural selective/3 cr

Research selective/3 cr

Department Courses 6 credits

Selectives in Human Development or Child and Family Studies courses to be determined with academic advisor.

Program Courses 18 credits

CLF 632 The Child and Family in Health Care/3 cr

CLF 670 Clinical Issues in Child Life Programs/3 cr

CLP 671 Clinical Experience & Seminar I: Children in Health Care Settings/6 cr

CLF 770 Child Life Program Development and Administration/3 cr

CLP 673 Clinical Experience and Seminar II: Child Health & Development/3 cr

Elective Courses 6 credits

MS/Child Life and Family Centered Care: Advanced Studies/ 36 credits

Designed for students who are currently eligible to become certified as Child Life Specialists or have completed a 480-hour internship under a certified Child Life Specialist, this program offers opportunities for students to advance the skills of the Child Life Competencies. During one optional 200-hour internship in a community health care or specialty setting, students work with inter-disciplinary teams in more specialized areas of child life, including: child development and family-centered care, health promotion, bereavement support and program development. Advanced standing students have the option of completing any of the current graduate certificates rather than completing the optional internship.

Learning outcomes for the Child Life and Family Centered Care: Advanced Studies major:

Students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to assess needs of children under-going medical treatments and provide psychological preparation for stressful events;
  • Implement child life services using evidence-based practice;
  • Create an environment where play is valued;
  • Provide a safe, therapeutic, and healing environment for children and families

Requirements

Core Courses 9 credits

HDF 526 The Meaning and Development of Play/3 cr

Multicultural selective/3 cr

Research selective/3 cr

Department Courses 9 credits

Selectives in Human Development or Child and Family Studies

Program Courses 12 credits

CLF 632 The Child and Family in Health Care/3 cr

CLF 670 Clinical Issues in Child Life Programs/3 cr

CLP 670 Clinical Experience and Seminar I: Child Health & Development/3 cr

CLF 770 Child Life Program Development and Administration/3 cr

Elective Courses 6 credits

Optional internship: CLP 672 Clinical Experience and Seminar II 3 credits

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