2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Mar 17, 2018  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog
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CYFS 340 - Professional Practice in Child, Youth, and Family Studies

5.0 Credits
Course examines how laws and policies affect professional practice in educational and social programs. Societal influences that impact professional individuals, and the young children, youth, and families they serve, are constructed in the context of culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual identity, and disabilities.
Prerequisite Admission to BAS Program.
Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze how professionalism in programs for young children, youth, and families is established in equity for individuals and families in the framework of culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual identity, and exceptionality.
  2. Examine knowledge and value of the laws and policies that specifically guide educational and social service programs for the health and well-being of young children, youth, and families.
  3. Analyze the Code of Ethics in the profession of Early Childhood Education, and the Ethical Standards for Human Service Professionals in Social Services and Family Support; construct how ethical codes and standards provide a framework for professionalism for specific roles in a discipline.
  4. Develop communication skills that build trust and respect in relationships with children, youth, and adults, as well as, staff members, in educational and social service programs; create understanding of interactions, boundary setting, and confidentiality required in specific professional roles.
  5. Analyze values, beliefs, and assumptions from students’ life experiences that can influence understanding of themselves in a professional role to optimally support the unique qualities and circumstances of young children, youth, and families.
  6. Formulate problem-solving and decision-making scenarios in early childhood education and social services that uses professionalism that is informed by laws, policies, ethics, established standards, and knowledge of working with a diverse population.
  7. Design a description of professional practice that integrates knowledge of self with knowledge of professionalism applicable to the education of young children or social services for youth and families.

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