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Child Development and Family Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Spartanburg, SC, United States
The Child Development and Family Studies Program prepares students for professional work with young children between the ages of birth and six years. Additionally, students are prepared to work with families from diverse cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Overview

Upon graduation, students will have opportunities to pursue positions as childcare practitioners in child development centers and family learning centers; as teachers in private school settings, Early Head Start and Head Start Programs and as parent educators in learning centers.

The programme

General education requirements for this major consist of coursework in liberal arts thus establishing a broad knowledge base prior to professional coursework. The professional sequence provides knowledge, skills and dispositions in child development, curriculum and assessment of children from birth to six years of age. Professional courses also include effective ways to communicate and work with families of young children. After completion of the major coursework, students have a semester long internship in a child care or learning center to complete the program. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Teacher Colloquium
  • Resources and Technology in Teaching
  • Foundations of Education
  • Introduction to Exceptional Learners/Special Education
  • Educational Development of the Life-Long Learner
  • Business Writing
  • Grant Writing
  • Sociology of Families
  • Intro to Child Maltreatment
  • System Responses to Child Maltreatment
  • Development of the Young Child 
  • Family Interaction and Communication
  • Exceptional Children and Early Intervention
  • Curriculum Methods and Standards 
  • Management, Guidance and Assessment Methods
  • Parenting and Working With Parents in Diverse Settings
  • Internship

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    61

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  • Minimum required score:

    500

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General Requirements

Transcripts

  • International applicants must also provide official copies of school transcripts or certificates of satisfactory study (such as "A" or "O" levels, baccalaureate, bachillerato, Abitur or other school certificates).

Sufficient Funding

  • The Office of Undergraduate Admissions must receive official documents (originals, not photocopies) that certify that the student will have sufficient funding to attend the University of South Carolina for one calendar year.

Credential Evaluation

  • Students who have attended post-secondary educational institutions, colleges or universities outside of the United States are required to submit a professional credential evaluation of all work completed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22710 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11355 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    11208 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5604 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Spartanburg

  • 948 - 1650 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

Financial aid programs at USC Upstate make it easier for many students to attend school who could not do so if left entirely to their own resources. The three general categories of federally-sponsored financial aid programs offered by the University to qualified undergraduate students include loans, grants, scholarships and work-study programs.

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