Gather, organize and analyze data for your professor’s research. Observe snack and meal times at a day care center for a study on feeding young children in group settings. Administer surveys for a study on how single parents balance work and family. Prepare and disseminate materials for innovative new curriculums for children.
Palouse Area Association for the Education of Young Children and the Council for Exceptional Children: Advocate for the needs of young children, receive mentoring, and attend local early childhood workshops and conferences.
Family and Consumer Sciences Club: Attend an annual state conference and meet professionals in the field.
Phi Upsilon Omicron: Join the national honor society in family and consumer sciences.
Intern. Get practical experience with three required internships with different age groups. For example:
- Birth to age three: Work in an infant and toddler program one-one-one with parents to help them understand significant developmental stages.
- Preschool: Help a teacher assess students and meet with parents.
- Kindergarten through third grade: Work with a teacher to plan curricula for children with unique developmental needs.
. Deepen your understanding of your major—and the world—in countries like these:
- Tanzania: Teach children in an orphanage.
- Ecuador: Make shadow boxes with children in a day care center.
- Taiwan: Observe an elementary school classroom and meet the teachers.
Volunteer. Make a difference. Tutor at a local elementary school. Read, sing or play with children at a Head Start program. Paint the playroom at a homeless shelter.
The on-campus Child Development Laboratory offers a real-world setting to practice and learn.