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Family Studies &
Human Development Department

WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY STUDIES & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AT DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY!

The Department of Family Studies and Human Development prepares students to plan and provide learning experiences for young children. Our department offers three GE classes: FSHD 1020: Scientific Foundations of Nutrition, FSHD 1500: Human Development Across the Lifespan, and FSHD 2400: Family Relationships.

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FACULTY & STAFF

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DEGREES OFFERED

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Courses

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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Completing the Early Childhood Education Associate degree will prepare students to assess the development of children and to plan and implement appropriate learning experiences for young children. This degree can be completed 95% online while still having the opportunity to interact with our knowledgeable and caring faculty members.

The Family Studies and Human Development Department at Dixie State College offers 3 degree opportunities in Early Childhood Education: the Associate of Applied Science in ECE, and the Associate of Science OR Arts in ECE. Students may use the degree for entry level employment as teachers in Head Start Programs or other early childhood settings.

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DSU PRESCHOOL

The DSU preschool is a lab preschool. It is a place where students can come apply what they are learning while working with students. The DSU Preschool is a place where our Early Education Students interact, assess, teach, and observe young children. Our students in FSHD 1500: Human Development Across the Lifespan spend two hours in the preschool each semester teaching and interacting with the preschool children as they connect the human development theories they are learning in the class with the behaviors of children in the preschool.

Registration for the Fall semester begins the first Tuesday in May and will continue until classes are full. Registration is online, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

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Our Mission

The mission of the DSU Family Studies and Human Development Department is to provide learning experiences and service opportunities that teach students theoretical and practical knowledge about lifespan development, social and emotional roles of individuals and families, child advocacy, teacher and parent education, and prevention and intervention programs that support families.

Our goal as a department is to help our students gain an understanding and appreciation of the complexities of individuals and families as they interact within various contexts. Students learn to address the developmental needs of individuals, families, and consumers. They also learn to apply the knowledge they have learned in educational, organizational, and outreach programs.

 

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Students  will use clear and effective written, oral, visual, and electronic communication techniques to demonstrate understanding of concepts learned.
  • Students will be able to analyze and evaluate one’s own knowledge, abilities, and actions relative to professional standards, seek opportunities to grow professionally and utilize self-assessment and assessment of others to foster physical, cognitive, social, and emotional well-being.
  • Students will  understand fundamental concepts of human development and learning theories, conduct scientific inquiry, and apply critical thinking to solve problems from personal, scholarly, and professional perspectives.
  • Students will demonstrate leadership and social responsibility to educate, counsel, and assist  others at different stages of the human lifespan. Demonstrate professional ethics and conduct in service learning, field experience, and internship contexts.

Contact

Cari Buckner, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Email: buckner@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4252

Office: WEDU 112

Mary McFadden

Administrative Assistant

Email: mmcfadden@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4247

Office: WEDU 157

Zac Olson

Early Childhood Education Advisor

Email: zac.olson@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7846

Fax: WEDU 121