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HDFS 492 - Capstone--Evidence-Based Program Proposals

  • 3 credits
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Research, development, and oral presentations of evidence-based prevention or intervention program proposals from a contextual and developmental perspective. Note that well over half of the grade in this course consists of group assignments.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

1. Propose the pilot of an evidence-based prevention or intervention program that reflects an appropriate synthesis of relevant developmental and/or lifespan theories in HDFS, contextual frameworks, and empirical research.

2. Evaluate and synthesize information related to community need, and empirical evidence associated with the identified problem and program effectiveness.

3. Write a professional-quality program proposal situated within a local agency or school that meets the requirements of common grant applications.

4. Deliver a professional-quality presentation that demonstrates effective oral communication skills.

5. Demonstrate effective professional and leadership skills, including ethical and culturally sensitive standards of conduct, and effective skills in collaboration, problem solving, and goal setting.


HDFS 477 (Professional Skills Development II) or concurrent registration; and; HDFS 350 (Applied Research Methods (after Fall 2011); or EDUC 400 (Diagnostic Teaching of Reading); Major in Human Development and Family Studies or Early Childhood Education; completion of 90 credits

Important Information

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, students ensure they are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information. Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.


CK Rizzo
CK Rizzo

970-491-6987 |

Dr. Rizzo is an Assistant Professor in the HDFS department. She has taught courses across the HDFS major since 2015. Dr. Rizzo has a background in Marriage and Family Therapy and was part of a small team that founded the CSU Trauma & Resilience Assessment Center in 2015 (CTRAC). At CTRAC, Dr. Rizzo supports efforts in research, evaluation, and grant writing.