The Child and Family Studies degree represents an integration of theory, research, and practice from multiple disciplines and offers a well-rounded education for students wanting to work with children and families in various settings.  Graduates may begin careers as early childhood educators, family/parent educators, home visiting service providers, social services caseworkers, early intervention/special education assistants, and service providers for community agencies serving children, youth, and families.  Students will participate in a variety of hands-on experiences catered toward individual career goals and the practicum courses allow students to work with their populations of interest.  This degree provides a foundation of course work for students who intend to pursue continued education in the areas of counseling, social work, public administration, juvenile justice, conflict resolution, or other related disciplines. 

Child and Family Studies Degree


Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
 ECE 101CGrowth and Development of the Young Child303
 HSV 111CIntroduction to Human Services303
 MHTH 187CThe Helping Relationship404
 ENGL 101English Composition404
Spring Semester
 MATH 120CQuantitative Reasoning404
 PSYC 105CIntroduction to Psychology303
 HSV 242CEthics & The Professional Helper303
 ECE 167CPositive Behavior Guidance and Supporting Young Children with Challenging Behaviors303
 PSYC 167CGroup Counseling303


Fall Semester
 ECE 195CChild and Family Practicum I284
 CRMJ 150CCriminology303
 ENGL 120MCMindful Communication303
*XXxxxCSocial Science Elective303
**XXxxxCGeneral Elective303
Spring Semester
 ECE 242CChild, Family, and Community303
 ECE 298CChild and Family Practicum II  or 
 ECE 283CEarly Intervention Practicum284
***XX xxxCLab Science Elective404
^XX xxxCHumanities, Fine Arts, Foreign Language Elective303

* Choose from SOCI 240C or PSYC 220C

** Choose from CRMJ 230, SOC 250, ADCL 120 or additional ECE course approved by Dept. Chair

*** Choose from BIOL 120 or BIOL 159 or BIOL 125

^ Choose from PHIL 242 OR ASL 104

CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR – Number of credit hours for the course





The Child and Family Studies Department at NHTI, Concord’s Community College is a hands-on, project-centered, competency and evidence-based program that facilitates the growth of future teachers and leaders who are preparing to work with children, families, and communities.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to: 

  1. Describe the development, roles, and interaction patterns of children, youth, and families within their social systems. 
  2. Describe the contributions of multiple theories or practices to the field of child and family development, both within and across disciplines.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to synthesize multiple information sources and points of view into a discussion of major child and family development issues. 
  4. Present a project or paper linking knowledge from work, community, or research activities with knowledge acquired in the study of child and family development. 
  5. Identify dimensions of diversity in children, youth, and families and recognize oppressive forces that hinder their positive development. 
  6. Demonstrate professional standards of ethical conduct.

61 Credits Required


of students qualify for financial aid