- Integrate the basic content within the fields of child development and family studies.
- Describe the historical evolution of the study of children and the family.
- Describe the basic concepts, contributions, and findings of major substantive areas within the field.
- Analyze trends and future directions for research.
- Develop a specialization within the fields of child development and family studies.
- Define and identify concepts, principles, and underlying assumptions of major theories and conceptual frameworks.
- Use theory for interpretation or generating solutions for human problems.
Electives Outside of CFS
- Relate one or more different disciplines to the area of specialized study.
Research Methodology and Statistics
- Conceptualize the overall process of scientific research—problem identification, design, sampling, data collection/measurement, and data interpretation.
- Develop quantitative (statistical analysis) and qualitative analytic research skills.
- Utilize statistical and qualitative analysis software.
- Problem-solve effectively with consultants.
- Conduct research in accordance with ethical standards.
- Generate new knowledge in area of specialization as an independent scholar and collaboratively with others.
Communication of Information
- Write in a scholarly manner.
- Present scholarly presentations at professional conferences.
- Submit at least one manuscript for publication to a peer-reviewed journal.