Nov 26, 2022  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Family and Human Studies: AAS (CTE)

Associate of Applied Science | 66 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

Program Faculty
Associate Dean/Professor - Dale Smith
Associate Professor - Mark O. Jarvis
Assistant Professor - Sharlie Barber

Program Description
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.

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 two-year AAS degree in Family and Human Studies prepares the student to become a teacher or director of a child care facility. Special attention is given to providing the student the business skills needed to become an effective child care center administrator.

Career Opportunities
Students specializing in early childhood will be prepared to work with children in family child care or child care centers as teachers and/or directors.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Estimated cost of books and supplies per course $125-175.

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.

Licensure Information
The Family and Human Studies program alone does not lead to professional licensure in the State of Utah.  Professional licensure requirements vary from state-to-state. Here is one suggested website for researching state licensure requirements: License Finder sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.  If you have difficulty finding the licensure requirements for your state or intended profession, please contact your academic advisor or SLCC’s state authorization coordinator for help.

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

Develop knowledge, skills, and experience to work effectively with young children based on industry standards.
Be prepared for further study in education or a related discipline.
Understand key concepts, events and personalities related to early childhood education.
Explain theories, concepts and principles connected to the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development of children.
Evaluate and prepare curriculum and program activities consistent with current research on early childhood learning theory and models.
Incorporates core knowledge content in a classroom setting.
Acquire knowledge to administer a child care facility including development of a viable business plan, policy and procedures manual.


Effectively communicate orally and in writing about key concepts and significant topics in early childhood education.
Develop effective communication skills for business and educational settings.
Maintain appropriate state and Federally required documentation.
Demonstrates effective nonverbal communication techniques with young children.
Demonstrates effective verbal and nonverbal techniques of working with parents from socially and culturally diverse backgrounds.
Develop a business plan including a policy and procedures manual for a child care facility or preschool.
Develop skills needed to present a communication-based parent program.


Use and interpret information represented as data, graphs, and tables to analyze relevant information for working with children in an early childhood setting.
Demonstrate knowledge of working budgets by developing a viable budget for a child care center or preschool.
Develop a business plan including an operating budget.


Construct a personal philosophy of early childhood education and care.
Systematically complete reflective assignments demonstrating analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
Connect the discipline of early childhood education with other disciplines relevant to child development and learning.


Successfully complete service learning and laboratory experiences in predetermined early childhood learning environments. Dialogue with seasoned professionals in the field to enhance theoretical perspectives.
Demonstrate appropriate social and interpersonal relationship skills in a variety of early childhood professional contexts.


General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Composition (EN) 1 course

Quantitative Studies (QS) 1 course

Human Relations (HR) 1 course

Distribution Areas (3-6 Credits)

Choose an additional 1 to 2 courses from 2 of the following Distribution Areas


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.

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.