Course Descriptions

HDFS 8823 Advanced Theories of Human Development and Family Relations
Three hours lecture. Advanced study of theories of human development and family studies across the lifespan.


AELC 8803 Application of Research Methods
Three hours lecture. Principles and techniques for planning, conducting, and reporting research; development of effective design of research problems; emphasis on understanding and evaluating scientific reports.


HDFS 8113 Trends in Infant and Child Development
Three hours lecture. Overview of current research in infant and child development; implications for program development and advocacy.


HDFS 8123 Effects of Poverty on Children and Families
Three hours lecture. Exploration of the impact of poverty on children and families, identification of risk/protective factors, and development of family and child interventions to reduce risk.


HDFS 8503 Medical Aspects of Developmental Disability in Early Childhood
Three hours lecture. The course provides the early intervention professional with information on health care issues, diagnostic testing, and medical conditions relevant to infants and young children with disabilities.


HDFS 8513 Inclusion and Family Centered Early Intervention
Three hours lecture. The course will focus on the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with very young children (birth to 5 years), and their families in inclusive and natural environments. Students will explore issues related to the impact that disability has on development.


HDFS 8533 Instructional Strategies and Practice for Early Intervention
Three hours lecture. This course is designed to create a framework for the effective application of instructional strategies in early intervention. Instructional design and strategies will be illustrated through hands-on activities. Course content is linked to developmental learning theories and evidence-based teaching practices.


EDX 6813 Introduction to Assessment in Special Education
Assessment as it relates specifically to working with special education students. Topics to be covered will include Special Education Law, IEP development, and related topics.


HDFS 8543 Practicum I
(Prerequisite: Must be enrolled as a graduate student in the MS in Early Intervention program and have a 3.00 GPA to be eligible for this course) Three hours practicum. University-supervised student teaching experience in an IDEA-Part C home visiting/intervention program.


HDFS 8553- Practicum II
(Prerequisite: Must be enrolled as a graduate student in the MS in Early Intervention and have a 3.00 GPA to be eligible for this course) Three hours practicum. Student teaching experience in inclusive preschool programs for children with disabilities under the direction of a cooperating teacher.