Behavioral Health Early Childhood Studies and Infancy Degree
Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Infancy and Early Childhood Studies program provides students with an introductive study on the development and behavior of infants and young children. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work with young children and advocate the importance of the family structure and other caregiving systems.
In the behavioral health science program for infancy and early childhood studies, students take courses on behavioral science and health, counseling, human development, abnormal psychology, family dynamics, infancy and early childhood development and more, in addition to a capstone project.
Why Earn Your Behavioral Health Early Childhood Degree at GCU?
GCU’s early childhood studies degree program addresses the university’s five critical competencies, including: effective communication, critical thinking, Christian worldview, leadership and global awareness, perspective and ethics. This program also upholds six academic domains:
Domain 1: Concepts of Behavioral Health
Analyze various concepts of behavioral health, such as the history and current trends, theories, approaches and techniques, along with research and best practices.
Domain 2: Behavioral Health Skills
Analyze key behavioral health skills, such as the DSM manual and ICD codes, emerging brain technology, clinical and documentation skills, along with ethics and specific laws and rules. Discuss the role of assessment, diagnosis and treatment for clients and analyze the scope of practice for behavioral health paraprofessionals and technicians.
Domain 3: Cultural Competency
Discuss how culture, diversity and social justice impact the behavioral health field. Define the role of religion and spirituality in providing behavioral health services and examine the values and belief systems of behavioral health disorders among cultures.
Domain 4: Behavioral Health Information Technology
Evaluate the use of diverse technology for behavioral health, such as electronic medical and health records, record keeping and other related software. Analyze the importance of privacy, security and confidentiality with patient records.
Domain 5: Professional Network
Examine the importance of a professional network in the field of behavioral health, such as roles and expectations, internal and external multidisciplinary teams, along with local and national service entities. Discuss the role of managed care and integrated health system.
Domain 6: Infancy and Early Childhood Studies
Identify various concepts of early childhood behavioral health and development, different assessment and treatment approaches and the DC: 0-5 disorders affecting young children. Describe how culture and environment, early risk and protective factors and the caregiving system contribute to the development and well-being of young children.
Behavioral Health Early Childhood Careers
Graduates of the early childhood studies and infancy program can pursue a career in behavioral health, health services management, human services, government and law enforcement. Additionally, this curriculum offers a strong foundation for students who want to pursue a master’s degree in mental and behavioral health, criminal justice, clinical or forensic psychology or human services.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
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