X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.)

Child, Youth and Family (CYF)

Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.

The Child, Youth and Family major, administered by the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, examines the psychological, social and physical conditions which influence the growth and development of children and adolescents. While the primary focus of the major is on children and youth, the program regards the family as a primary context of development and as the key to successful interventions for children with developmental, behavioural, or socio-emotional difficulties. Through the effective use of elective courses, the core requirements in the major can be supplemented to create a program of study which will prepare graduates for a variety of careers in child and youth services. Graduates are pursuing child and youth-related careers in a variety of settings including child and youth treatment facilities, elementary schools, paediatric wards in hospitals, family and community service agencies, and child care centres. Students interested in working with children ten years of age and younger may apply for membership in the College of Early Childhood Educators; see further details on required courses below. Further academic preparation may be required for certain careers. Many graduates go on to pursue graduate education in fields such as family studies, human development, psychology, counselling psychology, social work, speech pathology, and occupational therapy.

Articulation Agreements

The University of Guelph is a partner in several Articulation Agreements concerning the Child, Youth and Family major. Students who enter the B.A.Sc. Child, Youth and Family major with advanced standing through an articulation agreement should identify themselves to the B.A.Sc. Program Counsellor for specific guidance around their Schedule of Studies (see Section IV of this calendar).

Students in the Child, Youth and Family major who are interested in proceeding to teachers college should refer to Section IV--Admissions Information, Articulation Agreements for information about admission to the Bachelor of Education program at Nipissing University.

Program Requirements

All students in the Child, Youth and Family major must include the following core of 11.50 required credits and 0.50 restricted electives to a minimum of 20.00 credits. Students are encouraged to plan their use of electives carefully in order to focus their program on one or a combination of the career options open to graduates. Discussion with a faculty advisor regarding the various choices possible from within the major is strongly recommended. Students will normally register for courses according to the semesters indicated below for Fall and Winter sequencing. Students who register for Summer semesters and other students for whom the semester offerings present difficulty may, where they have the approval of their faculty advisor, take some courses in alternative semesters.

Minors

Students may take one minor in addition to the Child, Youth and Family major. See the University of Guelph Calendar, Section X, Degree Programs, Specialization and Their Degrees for list of minors : http://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/undergraduate/current/c10/index.shtml. The 60.00% requirement applies to each major and minor.

Double Counting of Courses

A maximum of 50 percent of the courses applied to a minor may be courses taken in fulfillment of the major where required courses are the same.

Counselling on Minors

The B.A.Sc. program counsellor assists students in the selection of minors, interpreting program and academic regulations.

Academic departments offer the minors and assign faculty advisors to assist students with academic planning (e.g., a faculty advisor in the Psychology department handles queries about a minor in Psychology). Students should consult the appropriate faculty advisor, along with the B.A.Sc. Program Counsellor, when declaring a minor or requiring advice on the completion of specialization requirements. The list of faculty advisors is available on the Undergraduate Academic Information Centre website: http://www.uoguelph.ca/uaic/students_faculty.shtml or contact the B.A.Sc. Program Counsellor for further information.

Major

Semester 1
FRHD*1100 [0.50] Life: Health and Well-Being
NUTR*1010 [0.50] Introduction to Nutrition
PSYC*1000 [0.50] Introduction to Psychology
One of:
ANTH*1150 [0.50] Introduction to Anthropology
SOC*1100 [0.50] Sociology
0.50 electives
Semester 2
BIOM*2000 [0.50] Concepts in Human Physiology
FRHD*1020 [0.50] Couple and Family Relationships
MBG*1000 [0.50] Genetics and Society
One of:
FRHD*2260 [0.50] Infant Development
FRHD*2280 [0.50] Adolescent Development
0.50 electives
Semester 3
FRHD*2100 [0.50] Development of Human Sexuality
FRHD*2110 [0.50] Exceptional Children and Youth
FRHD*3070 [0.50] Research Methods: Family Studies
STAT*2080 [0.50] Introductory Applied Statistics I
One of:
FRHD*2060 [0.50] Adult Development and Aging
FRHD*2270 [0.50] Development in Early and Middle Childhood
Semester 4
FRHD*3150 [0.50] Strategies for Behaviour Change
STAT*2090 [0.50] Introductory Applied Statistics II
One of:
FRHD*2040 [0.50] Principles of Program Design for Children
FRHD*2300 [0.50] Principles of Program Design for Youth
1.00 electives
Semester 5
FRHD*3180 [0.50] Observation and Assessment Laboratory
FRHD*3400 [0.50] Communication and Counselling Skills
One of:
FRHD*3200 [1.00] Practicum I: Child
FRHD*3250 [1.00] Practicum I: Youth
0.50 electives
Note: FRHD*3200 and FRHD*3250 may be taken in Semester 6
Semester 6
FRHD*3040 [0.50] Parenting and Intergenerational Relationships
2.00 electives
Semester 7
FRHD*4310 [0.50] Professional Issues
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 8
FRHD*4320 [0.50] Social Policies for Children, Youth and Families
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Restricted Electives

In addition to the 11.50 required credits, 0.50 must be taken from the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the 4000 level. (excluding FRHD*4330 or FRHD*4340).

Electives - Recommended and Program Options

Child and Youth Services

It is highly recommended that students planning to work in child and youth services complete the following Youth stream courses:

FRHD*2300 [0.50] Principles of Program Design for Youth
FRHD*2270 [0.50] Development in Early and Middle Childhood
FRHD*2280 [0.50] Adolescent Development
FRHD*3250 [1.00] Practicum I: Youth
FRHD*4340 [1.00] Practicum II: Youth
FRHD*4400 [0.50] Youth, Risk and Resilience

Students who intend to pursue a career in child and youth services may wish to choose electives from the following list:

EDRD*3120 [0.50] Educational Communication
FRHD*3090 [0.50] Poverty and Health
FRHD*3190 [0.50] Administration of Programs for Children
FRHD*4020 [0.50] Family Theory
FRHD*4200 [0.50] Issues in Human Sexuality
FRHD*4810 [0.50] Thesis I
FRHD*4910 [1.00] Thesis II
NUTR*2050 [0.50] Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
PSYC*3450 [0.50] Social and Personality Development
PSYC*3850 [0.50] Intellectual Disabilities
SOAN*2290 [0.50] Identities and Cultural Diversity
SOC*1500 [0.50] Crime and Criminal Justice
SOC*3040 [0.50] Sociology of Social Welfare
Early Childhood Education

Students planning to apply for membership in the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE) need to complete the following Child stream courses:

FRHD*2040 [0.50] Principles of Program Design for Children
FRHD*2260 [0.50] Infant Development
FRHD*2270 [0.50] Development in Early and Middle Childhood
FRHD*3190 [0.50] Administration of Programs for Children
FRHD*3200 [1.00] Practicum I: Child
FRHD*4020 [0.50] Family Theory
FRHD*4210 [0.50] Senior Seminar in Early Education and Care
FRHD*4330 [1.00] Practicum II: Child

Students who intend to pursue a career in early childhood education may wish to choose electives from the following list:

ENGL*2740 [0.50] Children's Literature
FRHD*3090 [0.50] Poverty and Health
FRHD*4810 [0.50] Thesis I
FRHD*4910 [1.00] Thesis II
NUTR*2050 [0.50] Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
PSYC*3850 [0.50] Intellectual Disabilities
SOAN*2290 [0.50] Identities and Cultural Diversity

Education - Primary / Junior / Intermediate

Graduates interested in elementary school teaching need additional study at a Faculty of Education. For those who wish to teach primary (junior kindergarten to grade 3) or junior (grades 4 to 6), each faculty of education may have certain required courses for admission. Often recommended are courses in visual or performing arts, mathematics, languages, physical or natural sciences, history or geography. Students interested in intermediate (grades 7 to 10) level teaching need to acquire a teachable subject in a specific discipline. Normally, this requirement consists of six semester courses in an area of concentration. Students are strongly advised to contact the Faculties of Education that interest them early in their programs to determine the specific requirements.

Graduate and Professional Studies

Students have successfully used the B.A.Sc. degree to gain admission into graduate programs in social work, applied psychology, sociology, anthropology, occupational therapy, speech and language, and social policy. If you plan to enter a graduate program after completing the Child, Youth and Family major of the B.A.Sc. degree program you will need to select certain courses as part of your undergraduate program to meet graduate program admission requirements. Sometimes these requirements are quite particular which means that you must plan your course selections early and carefully. In our program you would include FRHD*4810 and FRHD*4910.

Although graduate programs differ in their entrance requirements, most graduate programs require that you have taken (at least): one course in research methods; two undergraduate statistics courses; and have completed an undergraduate thesis.

For many of the programs you will be required to take Graduate Record Exams (GREs) in the specific field of study. You are strongly advised to contact the graduate programs that interest you early in your program to determine the specific entrance requirements of each program.

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