Many families struggle with unemployment, marriage, divorce, remarriage, aging, caring for elderly or disadvantaged family members, child abuse, violence and other stresses of daily life. The Nicholls child, family and social service program prepares students to help individuals and families cope with life’s difficulties.Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in public and private agencies. The curriculum combines general education courses with specialized courses in:
The department cooperates with area service agencies to provide students with hands-on experience working with children and families. Students are also required to complete a one-semester supervised internship at an approved site. Typically, internship experiences are done in hospitals, nursing facilities, hospice care, child abuse prevention and intervention programs, family support services, government agencies, court programs, local schools and mental health centers.
- All candidates in the Child, Family, and Social Services Education program must maintain a minimum 5 GPA and a “C” or above in all coursework.
- Child, Family, and Social Services candidates are required to take courses in:
- Family Studies and Child Development
- Professional Practice and Resource Management
- Nutrition and Nursing
- Field Experiences: Child, Family, and Social Services candidates complete various field experiences throughout required coursework which encompasses a one-semester supervised internship at an approved site which may include hospitals, nursing facilities, hospice care, and child abuse prevention and intervention facilities.