Dec 05, 2023  
2018-2019 SLCC General Catalog 

Family and Human Studies: CC (CTE)

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Certificate of Completion | 36 credits minimum

Education, Family & Human Studies, Social Work, and Learning Enhancement Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
AAB 165
General Information 801-957-4073
Education Information 801-957-5035
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor AAB 237A, 801-957-4294

Associate Dean
Dale Smith

Program Faculty
Professor − Dale Smith
Associate Professor - Sally Schramm
Assistant Professor − Mark O. Jarvis

Program Description
Family and Human Studies students develop the skills needed to provide professional early childhood education services for young children and families. This introductory level program will acquaint students to the multi-faceted, multi-skilled early childhood profession. Students examine issues in the provision of services to children birth through age eight in a child care or elementary setting. The program may require service learning and lab school participation where the student is assigned to work with seasoned professionals in the field enabling each to apply and further understand theoretical frameworks discussed in class.

The Certificate of Completion is for students who want intensive instruction in early childhood development, but are not seeking a two-year degree. The Certificate of Completion requires the same FHS courses as the two-year degrees, but eliminates most General Education requirements. Course-work completed in pursuit of the Certificate of Completion can be applied toward the AS and AAS degrees.

Career Opportunities
Family and Human Studies students will be prepared to work with families and children within the field of early care and education as teachers and/or directors.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

Program Entry Requirements
Students in the FHS program must not have been convicted of any crimes against children and will be required to complete a criminal background check. Students should also exhibit the maturity and emotional stability required to take charge of a group of pre-school children and possess sufficient health and strength to lift a child.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy
1a. Acquire substantive knowledge of early childhood education.
1b. Be prepared for further study in education or a related discipline at Salt Lake Community College or a four-year college or university.
1c. Understand key concepts, events and personalities related to early childhood education.
1 - Substantive Knowledge
1. Effectively communicate orally and in writing about key concepts and significant topics in education. 2 - Communicate Effectively
1. Use and interpret information represented as data, graphs, and tables to analyze relevant information for working with children in an early childhood setting. 3 - Develop Quantitative Literacy
4a. Construct a personal philosophy of early childhood education and care.
4b. Systematically complete reflective assignments demonstrating analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
4c. Connect the discipline of early childhood education with other disciplines relevant to child development and learning.
4 - Think Critically
5a. Successfully complete service learning and laboratory experiences in predetermined early childhood learning environments. Dialogue with seasoned professionals in the field to enhance theoretical  perspectives.
5b. Demonstrates appropriate social and interpersonal relationship skills in a variety of early childhood professional contexts.
5 - Civic Engagement and/or Working Professionally


FHS 0010  & FHS 0011  are two hour per week labs. FHS 2620  will require 2-two hour per week labs (4 hrs per week total). FHS 2800  is spent 3 days a week, 3 hrs per day at the Eccles Lab School or at various other specified sites off campus.

Sample Schedule

Advising Notes

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. The prerequisites must be satisfied with a C or better before the designated class may be taken.

Many of the FHS courses are also offered online or during the evening. Several of the FHS classes require a lab in which the student works with preschool children. Online or evening students may be required to attend labs at the Eccles Lab School, which is open for labs from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you have extenuating circumstances that would make it hard for you to complete your labs at the Eccles Lab School you should contact the FHS Lab Coordinator at 801- 957-4666 to discuss other possible options.

It is important that students have the opportunity to apply the theories and practices discussed in the classroom. To this end, several of the FHS classes require weekly labs working with young children in the lab. Lab students must provide evidence of a TB test, health evaluation and Child Care Food Handler’s Permit within two weeks of starting a lab course.

Students working 20 hours or more per week in a licensed child care facility may complete some lab requirements at their work site (cooperative education). Please contact the FHS Lab Coordinator at 801-957-4666 for more information.

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