Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers the following degree options and plans of study.

Plans of Study
Associate of Science, Child Development
Bachelor of Science, Child Development
Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education

Mission
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences educational ensures that the students will receive a high quality education through program options that are effective and efficient in the twenty-first century. The mission of the Department is to (1) educate students for a dual role including balancing successful family living and preparation for the professional world, (2) to improve rural and urban life so that it will be rewarding and satisfying by extending service through Family and Consumer Sciences, (3) to develop interest in the important scope and needs of research in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Description

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is located in the E.L. Holloway Education, Research, and Extension Complex. The Department has a Demonstration Learning Center for instructional use as well as individual and group auto-tutorials. An Early Childhood Laboratory is used for developing skills in working with children and their families. Students majoring in Child Development and Early Childhood Education will be provided with an opportunity to work with young children in an early childhood setting. Early Childhood and Child Development majors can observe the teacher learning process in its natural setting and study the organization of the school and classroom. Early Childhood and Child Development majors will be provided positive experiences with children and identify characteristics of the successful teacher and the acceptable mode of personal and professional behavior. In addition, parents will receive information related to child development, learning theories, nutrition and health needs. Parents will be provided with demonstrations on the use of instructional materials and activities to meet the needs of young children through parent education workshops/seminars, home-instructional packets, personalized instruction sessions, basic skill achievement goals checklist and individual education plan for identified students.

Faculty

Dr. Evia L. Davis, Chairperson/Associate Professor

  • Instructors

Mrs. Jodi Delgado, Instructor
Mrs. Donna Foster, Instructor
Mrs. Shadonna Watkins, Adjunct Instructor 

Assessment of Student Learning

An assessment of student learning is administered the last semester of their academic program or prior to student teaching.

Bachelor Degree Candidates

The Family and Consumer Sciences Assessment Test (FCSAT) is administered at the conclusion of their academic experience. It consists of a written comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination is very closely aligned with the Family & consumer’s Conceptual Framework, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards.

The Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT) is designed to assess subject area knowledge and skills required of entry-level educators in Oklahoma. All individuals seeking an initial Early Childhood Education license in the State of Oklahoma must pass the Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT). Candidate’s responses must demonstrate an understanding of knowledge and skills in the field of Early Childhood Education. There are three sub-areas further broken into eighteen competencies. The three areas are language and literacy development, learning across the curriculum, and child development and early childhood programs. The early childhood test is also comprised of selected response questions. Candidates scoring 300-280 are considered exemplary; 279-260 competent; 259 to 240 acceptable; and those scoring below 240 do not pass the OSAT. In the Early Childhood option there were no candidates assessed the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Program systematically uses the data to determine strengths and needs of the teaching and learning process. Data results are used to develop and improve assignments, rubrics and refine teaching practices that will continually enhance and strengthen the program. Student appraisal of faculty teaching effectiveness is conducted at the end of each semester.

Associate Degree Students:

As part of the program’s achieving and maintaining NAEYC accreditation, it must report annually on at least three of the following measures and display these data via easily located links on its website.

Outcome Measure #1: The Number of Program Completers

Outcome Measure #2: The Program Completion Rate

Outcome Measure #3: Institutional Selected Data

Students enrolled in the practicum course are required to complete the Reflective Essay Assessment prior to graduation. The essay is aligned to each of the NAEYC Standards: (1) Promoting Child Development, (2) Building Family and Community Relationships, (3) Observing, Documenting, and Assessing Children, (4) Using Developmentally Effective Approaches, (5) Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum, and (6) Becoming a Professional. Outcomes are reviewed with faculty and are incorporated into the annual department course reviews for curriculum development, program planning and improvements. Student appraisal of faculty teaching effectiveness is conducted at the end of each semester.

Early Childhood Laboratory:

The Early Childhood Laboratory is licensed by the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services (OKDHS), and is a 3-Star facility accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Our Motto: “The Early Childhood Development Laboratory offers a quality learning environment for the sound fundamental growth of your child.”

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