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Early Childhood & Family Advocacy, BS

Bachelor of Science

University of Nebraska at Kearney

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    Fully Online
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  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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This degree completion program is designed to address the emerging needs in Nebraska and nationwide for professionals trained to work with children and families in non-teaching positions within formal public agency programs, private childcare centers, and early childhood education centers.  While Early Childhood Education programs are plentiful and degrees are adequate to prepare preschool teachers, there are few programs that prepare Early Childhood Family Advocates—those within educational settings working with families and children in non-teaching positions. Family advocates provide comprehensive educational and case management services to children and their families in their homes.

Toni Hill, PhD
Associate Professor

Toni Hill's expertise is in child welfare and family issues and includes 20+ years of professional work in the areas of social services and foster care management and licensure, child protective services, kinship care and child welfare worker training.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed coursework

    Students are advised to have completed the majority of their general studies coursework. Request information or call to speak with an adviser about transfer credit or meeting these prerequisites.

  2. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Program of Study:

  • General education courses - approximately 48 credit hours
  • Core courses - 59 credit hours
  • Electives - 15 credit hours

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CSP 417Counseling Skills3

Course Number: CSP 417

This class is for those entering or already in one of the helping professions. It focuses on understanding and applying a broad range of listening and communication skills in one-to-one interactions as well as in small group settings. Students actively practice building skills in class.

FSID 150Lifespan Development and the Family3

Course Number: FSID 150

This course is designed to facilitate an initial, critical understanding of human development. Various aspects, themes, and influences of development are examined across the lifespan, with particular emphasis placed on the familial, cultural, cognitive, theoretical and physical aspects of the ever developing human.

FSID 251The Developing Child 0 to 83

Course Number: FSID 251

The course is designed to facilitate an in depth study of developmental processes from conception to age eight. Readings, lectures, and class discussions will provide students with a fundamental understanding of particular developmental stages using a multi-theoretical framework.

FSID 302Parent Education3

Course Number: FSID 302

The purpose of this course is to give students and understanding of parenting and the parent-child relationship from a theoretically-guided and research based perspective. Students also will gain a better understanding of the basic principles relating to the process of creating parent education materials and facilitating parent education programs. This course is designed to give students a base upon which to work with parents and to further develop parent education skills by applying and practicing concepts related to parenting and parent education.

FSID 340Family Life Education3

Course Number: FSID 340

The purpose of this course is to give students an understanding of the general philosophy and broad principles of family life education methodology. By the end of the course, students will have the ability to develop, facilitate, locate, and evaluate family life education programs. It is recommended that students take FSID 302: Parent Education before taking this course.

FSID 362Families and Social Policy3

Course Number: FSID 362

The Study of social policy and its impact on families.

FSID 406Family Resource Management3

Course Number: FSID 406

Theory and experiences in management dealing with the problems of individual and family living.

FSID 476Child & Family Home Visitation3

Course Number: FSID 476

Prereq: either FSID 253 OR FSID 251 and FSID 351GS This course focuses on issues relevant to professionals engaged in home visits with families parenting infants and young children. The course is designed to enhance the skill set required to effectively work with diverse children and their families. Family empowerment and advocacy skills will be enhanced.

FSID 481Cross Cultural Family Patterns3

Course Number: FSID 481

Comparative research of familial behavior and structural patterns of various cultures. Analysis and evaluation of the impact of differing cultures on societal and family interactions.

FSID 486Families in Crisis3

Course Number: FSID 486

Prereq: FSID 351GS and junior standing OR permission This course enables Family Studies and other service and social support-oriented students to understand the trauma and recovery process associated with normative and catastrophic family crisis.

TE 204Typical and Atypical Growth and Development4

Course Number: TE 204

Prereq: sophomore standing or above.  This course is one of the two required for Level II education majors. Students will become aware of human growth/development and exceptionalities. As students explore these areas, they will also be made aware of the necessity to adapt to the changes brought to the classroom via diversity. Students will be involved in K-12 field experiences that will provide them opportunities to observe student development, exceptionalities, and diversity.

TE 206Instructional Technology and the Preservice Teacher3

Course Number: TE 206

Prereq: none  This course will introduce preservice teachers to a variety of technologies and strategies for their use in the instructional process to accommodate diverse students. Preservice teachers will comprehend and model ethical and democratic principles of instructional technology integration in their classrooms. One course requirement is a P-12 school-based project.

TE 318Management and Assessment in Preschool and Elementary Classrooms2

Course Number: TE 318

Prereq or Coreq: TE 204  This course is designed to prepare students for the challenges of effectively managing the classroom and assessing student progress. The course emphasizes: planning, preparing, establishing routines, monitoring and managing student behavior, aligning standards-based assessments, determining assessment alternatives, and interpreting assessment results.

TE 341Foundations of Early Childhood Education2

Course Number: TE 341

Prereq: TE 100GS or FSID 250 or FSID 253 The focus of this introductory course is on historical and philosophical developments in the care and education of children with typical and atypical development, birth through age eight. Legal basis of services for young children and current social issues and legislation are studied. Components of appropriate screening and assessment of all young children will be identified. Students are introduced to the range of children served and services provided in a variety of settings. This course is the prerequisite for other early childhood courses.

TE 343Methods of Inclusive Education Birth through Age 33

Course Number: TE 343

Prereq: admission to Teacher Education Coreq: TE 345 This course is designed to provide students with the experiential knowledge and practical skills necessary to select, evaluate, develop, adapt, and implement developmentally appropriate inclusive instructional strategies for infants and toddlers birth through age three across developmental domain areas. Students will focus on arranging inclusive environments, monitoring children's progress, working with IFSP's, and embedding inclusive teaching strategies within the context of developmentally appropriate curriculum materials to maximize healthy development and learning for infants and toddlers with and without disabilities.

TE 344Methods of Inclusive Education Ages 4 through 83

Course Number: TE 344

Prereq: admission to Teacher EducationCoreq: TE 345 This course is designed to provide students with experiential knowledge and practical skills necessary to select, evaluate, develop, and adapt, and implement developmentally appropriate inclusive instructional strategies for young children from age four through eight across curriculum areas. Students will focus on arranging inclusive environments, monitoring children's progress, working with IEP's, and embedding inclusive teaching strategies within the context of developmentally appropriate curriculum materials to maximize healthy development and learning for young children with and without disabilities.

TE 344LField Experience: Birth to Age 3.5

Course Number: TE 344L

Coreq: TE 343* This course is designed to provide practical application of integrated, inclusive instructional strategies and assessment procedures for all young children birth through age three. Student will be placed in early childhood teaching environments with children birth through age three including children with disabilities. The experiences shall consist of 30 clock hours with 20% of the hours (6 hours) in settings with children with a range of disabilities.

TE 346Childcare Administration2

Course Number: TE 346

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the administrative aspects of early childhood programs. This course will prepare students to plan a facility, identify program goals, work with community resources, collaborate with schools and other early childhood programs, implement an early childhood program, and evaluate program quality.

TE 347Literacy Methods 0-32

Course Number: TE 347

Prereq: TE 100GS or FSID 250 or FSID 251 The focus of this course is on preparing teachers to create effective beginning literacy programs for young children. Primary focus will be on children ages 0-3 years. Students will (1) understand child development in relation to oral and written language, (2) know how to create literacy-rich environments, (3) learn important strategies to effectively promote early language and literacy skills, (4) be able to assess young children's language and literacy skills, (5) be able to support parents as the primary educator of their children and (6) address the language needs of a diverse range of learners, including those with disabilities and English Language Learners.

TESE 323Partnerships with Families1

Course Number: TESE 323

Partnerships with Families Prereq or Coreq: TE 204 This course concentrates on the teacher's role in building successful relationships between families, educators, schools, and communities. Concrete strategies for increasing respectful, successful family-school partnerships that enhance children's school success will be emphasized.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ENG 425Children's Literature3

Course Number: ENG 425

Prereq: ENG 234GS or ENG 235HGS* or ENG 240HGS* or ENG 250GS* or ENG 251GS* or ENG 252GS* or ENG 253GS* or ENG 254GS* or ENG 280HGS or department permissionA study of texts recommended to and/or popular among children, informed by readings of literary criticism and historical discourses on childhood. * This course is the immediate prerequisite. Other preparation is required prior to this immediate prerequisite.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $247.00
  • Fees: $57.25
  • Total: $304.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $741.00
  • Fees: $171.75
  • Total: $912.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $375.00
  • Fees: $57.25
  • Total: $432.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1125.00
  • Fees: $171.75
  • Total: $1296.75

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