Courses and Research

Online and Virtual Learning 

Due to Covid-19, we are offering many of our courses in online, virtual or hybrid formats. For the most up-to-date information about how your courses will be offered, please check your student schedule in your eWeber Portal. For more detailed information about how to do this, please visit our Find Instructional Method webpage. 

Course Descriptions

If you want to view detailed course descriptions for any Child and Family Studies course, you can visit the course catalog.

To specifically search for Child and Family Studies courses, type “CHF”, "ECED", or "FAM" into the catalog search bar. Click on any class with the prefix to see which semesters the class is typically taught, what prerequisites are required and a description of what the class covers or entails. 

  • Early Childhood and Early Childhood Education majors should look for ECED prefix.
  • Child Development minors should look for ECED prefix.
  • Family Studies majors and minors should look for FAM prefix.
  • CHF 1500 and CHF 2400 will remain CHF prefix.

If you have any questions about courses or teaching formats, please contact Academic Advisor.

Student Research 

Our faculty value research because it provides experiential value for students who want to develop knowledge and critical lenses regarding valid and reliable practices. Student researchers also see first-hand how various factors are linked to the developmental and dynamic processes of children and families. Here are a few examples.

  • Drs. Ryan Dunn, Dan Hubler and Keith Osai mentored a student research group on their presentation at the 2020 Spring UCUR Conference This project was also accepted to SRHD, which was cancelled due to COVID-19.
    • Harris, H., Leavitt, A., Stokes, A., Dunn, C. R., Hubler, D., & Osai, K. V. (2020). Effects of parenting styles on child's delinquency and bullying. 
  • Dr. Dan Hubler worked with students on the following project presented at NCFR November 2020.  
    • Hubler, D., Burr, B., Medell, M., West, A., & Bingham, N. (2020). Exploring What Dating Should Be, But Is Not: A Thematic Analysis
  • Dr. Carrie Ota has mentored multiple graduate students including Master of Education Student, AnnElis Dahl’s project:  
    • AnnElise Dahl: Sustained attention of 2 and 3 year olds.  
  • Since 2016, Dr. Sheila Anderson and Dr. Wei Qiu have been leading the Early Childhood Assessment Database Project in collaboration with the WSU Melba S. Lehner’s Children’s School and Charter Academy Kindergarten, funded by the Melba S. Lehner Children’s School Endowment. The purpose of this project is to increase the use of the two on-campus laboratory early learning programs as a research site, and to establish an electronic assessment database system. Faculty and staff are able to use the database system to track children’s developmental progress, educate college students on assessment practices, and conduct secondary data analyses for research purposes. Multiple students from the Early Childhood, Early Childhood Education, Family Studies, and Psychology programs have been hired to work on this project. Responsibilities of the RAs include but are not limited to: collecting and entering pre/post data on individual children, families, classrooms, and program evaluations, and administering standardized assessment tools such as the Ages and Stages Questionnaires, Child Behavior Checklist, Leiter International Performance Scale, Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Woodcock Johnson Test, and the Desired Results Developmental Profile. 

Revised 8/9/22