College of Education

Family Studies &
Human Development Department

WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY STUDIES & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AT UTAH TECH 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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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 Utah Tech University 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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UT PRESCHOOL

The UT preschool is a lab preschool. It is a place where students can come apply what they are learning while working with students. The UT 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.

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Registration for the Fall semester begins the 1st Monday in March 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 UT 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 successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Define currently accepted theory within the discipline. Evaluate theory using applications and exercises to personalize the depth of knowledge and understanding.
  • Demonstrate professional practices specific to the discipline by completing assignments, such as Dietary Analysis with assessment and evaluation.
  • Analyze course concepts against previously held schema prior to experience in the course
  • Show, in writing, the ability to think critically by:
    • Gathering information
    • Comparing and contrasting sources and quality of information
    • Evaluating information for reliability and validity
    • Creating resolutions/proposals to solve questions or problems within the discipline.

Contact

Jason Wilde, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Email: Jason.Wilde@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-652-7856

Office: WEDU 111

Mary McFadden

Administrative Assistant

Email: Mary.McFadden@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-879-4247

Office: WEDU 157

Zac Olson

Early Childhood Education Advisor

Email: Zac.Olson@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-652-7846

Office: WEDU 121

Kim Bowler

FSHD Minor Advisor

Email: Kim.Bowler@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-879-4290

Office: WEDU 120