May 29, 2024  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Family and Human Studies: AS

Associate of Science | 61-62 credits

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

Program Faculty
Associate Professor - Mark O. Jarvis
Assistant Professor - Sharlie Barber

Program Description
The Family and Human Studies program is an interdisciplinary two-year program designed to help students develop the skills needed to provide professional services for children and families in a variety of settings. Students will gain a thorough understanding of current theories of human development, the family environment, and the ways in which they interact with one another, as well as with their broader physical and social contexts.

Students choose between two tracks: Family and Human Development (“FHD”) and Early Childhood Education (“ECE”).

The FHD track focuses on theory and research that helps us better understand and strengthen individuals and families. It serves as a foundation for students wishing to become social service providers, case managers, marriage/family therapists, child therapists/counselors, community service/outreach providers, elder care providers, youth service providers, child life specialists, women’s protective service providers, policy analysts, lobbyists, advocates, etc.

The ECE track is a CTE program that prepares students for (a) going directly into the workforce (CTE) or (b) transferring to a 4-year university to get a bachelor’s degree. It requires service learning and lab school participation, where the student is assigned to work with seasoned professionals

Career Opportunities
Family and Human Studies students will choose between (1) an ECE track that will prepare them to work with families and children within the field of early care and education as teachers and/or directors or (2) an FHD track that provides the first two years of study in human development and family studies, in preparation for a career in a variety of human service fields.

Transfer/Articulation Information
The two-year AS degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to programs at four year universities or colleges. SLCC has developed articulation agreements with other state colleges and universities which make it easy for SLCC students to transfer their credits. Although SLCC has worked hard to make transferring to other institutions as convenient as possible, it is important to understand that specific course requirements for a degree vary among the state’s four-year colleges. To optimize your educational experience at SLCC, please be sure to consult with the Family and Human Studies Academic Advisor before registering for elective classes.

Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See the FHS Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Books and supplies: $120 average
Other: Required fees to work in a childcare facility, background check, and food handler permit. Costs are determined by the Utah State Health Department.

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

Program Entry Requirements
Time to completion is 4 semesters based on a full-time minimum of 15 credits per semester, with one semester of 16 credits. Fewer credits per semester will increase time to completion.


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

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • apply the major concepts, theories, and methodologies of the field to real-world situations.
  • describe our current best understanding of biological, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of human development.
  • demonstrate the ability to use current best practices for working effectively with individuals and families in the student’s desired setting.
  • describe their plan for further education/training in Family and Human Development, Education, Early Childhood Education, or a related discipline.

Additionally, ECE students will be able to:

  • evaluate and prepare curriculum and program activities consistent with current research on early childhood learning theory and models.
  • incorporate core knowledge content in a classroom setting..


Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • communicate effectively (orally and in writing) about key concepts and significant topics in Family and Human Development and/or Early Childhood Education.
  • communicate effectively in professional and educational settings.
  • articulate and support positions on sensitive and controversial topics within the field of Family and Human Development.

Additionally, ECE students will be able to:

  • maintain appropriate state and Federally required documentation.
  • demonstrates effective nonverbal communicatio n techniques with young children.


Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • use and interpret information represented as data, graphs, and tables to analyze and understand individuals in their developmental and familial contexts.
  • use and interpret data to explain issues such as normative/nonnormative behavior and development, family patterns and dynamics, etc.
  • evaluate data and interpret research findings.


Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • engage in higher-order critical thinking skills, such as analysis, synthesis, evaluation, problem-solving, reflection, and scientific inquiry.
  • discuss complex developmental and social issues.
  • examine and explain the societal values, attitudes, and/or the historical context affecting individuals and families in contemporary society.
  • describe the impact of demographic variables on individual and family experiences.
  • systematically complete reflective assignments demonstrating analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

Additionally, ECE students will be able to:

  • construct a personal philosophy of early childhood education and care.
  • connect the discipline of early childhood education with other disciplines relevant to child development and learning.


Upon successful completion of the program students will be able to:

  • incorporate a multidimensional perspective when examining issues in the community, society and the world at large.
  • collaborate with peers to produce high-quality work.
  • dialogue with seasoned professionals in the field to enhance theoretical perspectives.

Additionally, ECE students will be able to:

  • successfully complete service learning and laboratory experiences in predetermined early childhood learning environments.
  • demonstrate appropriate social and interpersonal relationship skills in a variety of early childhood professional contexts.

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General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 1 course

American Institutions (AI) 1 course

Institutional Requirements

Communication (CM) 1 course

International & Global (IG) 1 course

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 course

Distribution Areas

Select 1 course from each of the Distribution Areas, 5 total courses; 1 course must also be designated as a Diversity (DV)

Required Courses (12 or 16 Credits)

Students should select courses from the track that supports their intended area of emphasis.

Elective Courses (11-15 credits minimum)

Students should select courses from the track that supports their intended area of emphasis.

Advising Notes

For both the ECE and FHD tracks, 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 department’s courses are also offered online or during the evening. Several of the classes for the ECE track (FHS 2500 , FHS 2600 , FHS 2610 , FHS 2620 ) 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.

For the ECE track, 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 childcare 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.