Examine services and programs offered to support families and children when you select the Family & Community specialization through Ashford University. In addition to your degree program, which consists of 8 core courses, worth 24 credits, add the Family & Community Services specialization worth 12 credits. Learn more about establishing relationships and partnerships within families and communities through the available courses. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.
Family & Community Services
Specialization for Graduate Degrees
Choose the Family & Community Services specialization for your Master of Arts in Education degree to learn how to build parent and community involvement. The Family & Community Services specialization trains you to work in community service positions.
Family & Community Services
ECE 631 Building Family and Community Partnerships
This course provides opportunities for students to examine partnerships among early childhood professionals, families, and the communities in which they work. Throughout the course, students evaluate how their daily instructional practices promote positive outcomes for young children. Students explore the various partnerships necessary in early childhood education and discover how these partnerships can support curriculum, learners’ development, and the learning environment. Course requirements provide several opportunities for students to examine and discuss the effectiveness of ethical communication and collaboration strategies. Approaching course topics as reflective practitioners, students are able to determine how these specific partnerships fit into their future roles. Prerequisite: ECE 600 or EDU 650
EDU 635 Community & Youth Development
This course will support teachers and others with the development of practical strategies and tools to support community-wide efforts to strengthen and support youth today. Advocacy for youth development as well as strategies to support youth from a wide range of backgrounds will be addressed.
EDU 644 Child & Family Welfare
This course will examine public policies in place to support children and families in at-risk situations. A focus on the services and programs offered to support families and children as well as the development of protective factors in families will be offered in this course.
EDU 647 Families, Communities & Diversity
This course will focus on establishing relationships and partnerships within families and community of diverse cultures. Specific strategies in developing programs promoting cultural competence within families and communities will be explored. Students will analyze available family and community resources within their community in promoting and supporting cultural diversity.