HDFS 277 - Professional Skills Development I

  • 1 credit

Students in this course will acquire a foundation in theories of play and creativity. This foundation will provide a basis for examining the role of art, music, and literature in development. Finally, we will explore creative techniques appropriate for young children and how these techniques can enhance the child's self-expression, creativity and development.

Course Learning Objectives:

Through regular and active course participation, careful and comprehensive reading, and a commitment to staying on schedule, students will:
• Understand historical and theoretical approaches to play and creativity for young children
• Understand the role of art, music, and literature in encouraging optimal development for young children
• Apply this understanding to the development of lesson plans
• Understand developmentally appropriate techniques for instruction

This course can be applied towards:


CO 150 (College Composition) or concurrent registration or HONR 193 (Honors Seminar) or concurrent registration; Human Development and Family Studies or Early Childhood Education majors only.

Important Information

Students must be human development and family studies majors or obtain instructor permission to enroll.

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure that you are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbook and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • StrengthsFinder 2.0* (2007)
    Rath, Tom

This book is not required, but is recommended.

*Must purchase a new edition, not used, or a Kindle edition so that students can get the access code to take the StrengthsFinder.


Amy Schuster