Career & Technical Education > Human Dev And Family Studies

General Information

I. Catalog Course Description

Considers the development of young children from the prenatal period through age 8, focusing on diversity among children. Diversity will be explored in cultural, ethnic and linguistic variations as well as differences in ability and typical/atypical development. Students will seek to understand development and its cultural variations so that teaching young children will be more effective, empathic and aware. This course will explore the many ways of growing up and the worldwide diversity of that process.

II: Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define cultural diversity.
  • Establish why early childhood teachers need to be aware of cultural diversity issues.
  • Define how culture shapes a child’s life.
  • Define the “family” and it’s structure.
  • Discuss the historical issues of multicultural education.
  • Examine models for multicultural education including, curriculum and environmental design.
  • Define the characteristics of an early childhood multicultural educator.
  • Describe the roles of families and the community in a multicultural program.

III: Course Linkage

This course is offered as a possible choice of related Early Childhood Education credits of which 6 are required for the A.A.S. Degree. It is designed to allow students to meet the program outcome of knowing the subject matter appropriate to Early Childhood Education. Students will also demonstrate the ability to organize and implement developmentally appropriate environments and curriculum that supports diversity in young children.

General Education Mission and Outcomes:

Students who complete this course are expected to demonstrate they:


  • Have college-level skills in reading, writing and oral communication appropriate to their degree and/or emphasis.


  • Have effective and efficient learning skills, including the location and evaluation of information.
  • Have problem solving, critical and creative thinking skills.

Personal Development

  • Work effectively with others.

Community Commitment

  • Know the basic principles and processes of government at the local, state, national and international levels.
  • Understand the importance of cultural traditions, diversity, and ethics in the modern world.

Scheduled HDFS-232 classes:

Fall 2019

There are currently no HDFS-232 classes scheduled for this term.