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Health and Human Services BA - Child and Family Studies Concentration/Early Childhood /Childhood Education EdM

(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (SSC)

203 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670

Shelley Kimelberg, PhD

Department of Learning and Instruction

Office of Educator Preparation
375 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

Louise Lalli
Academic Advisor

Why study Health and Human Services BA - Child and Family Studies Concentration/Early Childhood /Childhood Education EdM at UB?

The UB Teach Health and Human Services-Child and Family Studies program is an accelerated, combined degree program that leads to a Health and Human Services-Child and Family Studies BA and Early Childhood/Childhood Education EdM in five years. It provides you with content expertise in child development while preparing you to bring classroom lessons to life for children from birth to grade 6.

The Health and Human Services – Child and Family Studies major is designed for students with an interest in child development, the social and educational institutions that influence children and families, and the treatments and interventions associated with childhood issues. While in this major, students will examine various social problems, the systems delivering human services to individuals and communities, and the professions and professionals providing services. The curriculum incorporates introductory social science, statistics and research methods, human biology, ethics and specialized courses developed for the Child and Family Studies concentration.

In the graduate portion of the program you will master the skills needed to become an effective teacher. In the final year teacher residency, you will co-teach alongside an expert teacher to experience the inner workings of the classroom.

At the end of the five-year program, successful students will receive recommendation for New York State Initial and Professional Teacher Certification.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have the ability to:

  • Identify a range of health and human services professions and their characteristics; understand typical human services (HS) problems and client needs; understand the theoretical foundations of human service intervention.
  • Understand the foundational principles of two social science disciplines critical to HS intervention.
  • Critically evaluate social science methodologies and research; propose a research project that would answer a significant research question; utilize statistical methods to evaluate data in relation to knowledge claims.
  • Recognize the importance of human values and cultural diversity in the provision of health and human services.
  • Develop personal characteristics and professional skills-e.g., interview, presentation, writing-necessary for success in HS positions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of child and adolescent agencies and services, early childhood development, language development, educational research and practice, family structure/functions, and childhood interventions.

In addition, graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate subject specific content expertise that supports effective teaching in the field.
  • Create inclusive learning environments to meet individual differences in a caring, culturally responsive, and professional manner.
  • Construct relevant and rigorous curricula that include critical assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Design, develop, and evaluate learning experiences that maximize the use of digital and interactive technologies.
  • Promote the application of research and evidence-based practices in diverse settings throughout their teaching careers.
  • Remain intellectually curious, continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure ongoing excellence in teaching.

The Learning Environment

The Health and Human Services BA – Child and Family Studies concentration is designed to offer choice and flexibility in building the program most suitable for individual interests and career goals. 

Courses in the major are taught in both large lecture and small seminar course formats. Prerequisite and introductory courses for the major typically enroll 40-450 students per class. Intermediate and advanced courses typically enroll 40-250 students per class.

Most undergraduate education classes in the Department of Learning and Instruction enroll between 18-24 students while graduate courses enroll between 10-18 students. Education courses are offered on campus as well as remotely. Small class sizes create an intimate learning environment where students have more opportunity to ask questions, contribute to discussions and get to know professors and peers. In the final year of the program, a one-year placement as a “teacher-in-residence” will provide a comprehensive learning opportunity in a primary education classroom setting.

About Our Facilities

The Health and Human Services BA – Child and Family Studies concentration administered by the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (SSC) located in 203 Clemens Hall on UB’s north campus. The program holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies.

All faculty and administrative offices, advisement, and most classrooms in the Department of Learning and Instruction are located in Baldy Hall. A small selection of classes are scheduled in other locations on UB North Campus. Clinical experiences are offered throughout the program and are embedded in WNY region PreK-6 schools.

About Our Faculty

Students take courses from across the College of Arts and Sciences and university allowing them to interact with faculty from various departments such as psychology, sociology, biology, anthropology and global gender studies. Instruction or grading responsibilities for some of these courses may be assigned to teaching assistants.

In addition SSC has one clinical assistant professor as well as several adjunct instructors who are working professionals in their fields bringing tot heir teaching valuable practical experience and knowledge about the latest developments in the health and human services field.

Learning and Instruction distinguished faculty researchers are thought leaders and innovators. They share a commitment to mentor students to become leaders in the teaching profession, influencing schools and communities. Our faculty pride themselves in applying knowledge that is based in theory and informed by research in environments that promote examination of teaching and learning across boundaries. The experiences of our faculty help to instill an intellectual curiosity and encourage critical inquiry in students.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Program's department website and Learning and Instruction website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities exist as New York State and other states nationwide are facing current and future teacher shortages. Program graduates will be well equipped to find professional employment in public, private, and charter schools as teachers from birth to grade 6. Graduates also may find career opportunities as educators, consultants, and researchers in public and private industry, as well as in government agencies.

Academic Advising

Admission to the major and undergraduate advisement are coordinated through the SSC program’s office in 203 Clemens Hall. We provide advisement for students on major and university requirements. Our advisors work closely with the general advising office, financial aid and student accounts to help students find answers to questions about all aspects of being an undergraduate at UB.

Advising is a collaborative relationship between a student and advisor that can be successful only when both participants regularly share information openly throughout the student’s academic career.

Students interested in this degree program should meet with a Health and Human Services department advisor as early as possible. Students should meet with their departmental advisor at least once per semester concerning program requirements and the selection of courses to meet those requirements.

Academic Advising Contact Information

To schedule Health and Human Services advisement, contact:

Matt Doino
College of Arts and Sciences
203 Clemens Hall
Academic Advisor
Email Matt Doino

To schedule education coursework advisement, contact:
Louise Lalli
306 Baldy Hall
Academic Advisor, Office of Educator Preparation
Email Louise Lalli

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in our program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of other sources, including:

Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:55:48