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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.


Jaime Rotner
Jaime Rotner

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Jaime Rotner is an instructor in the HDFS deparment. She has been teaching various courses for 13 years. Her areas of interest are early childhood and adolescent development, parenting, relational proceses, attachment and risk/reslience.

Dr. Jennifer Krafchick
Dr. Jennifer Krafchick

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Dr. Jen Krafchick is an associate assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the Honors Program. She is a passionate educator and was recognized with the 2010 Honors Professor of the Year award and the 2011 Best Teacher Award from the CSU Alumni Association. In addition to teaching, she is co-director of the Campus Connections Mentoring program that works with local youth who have experienced adversity at CSU and is a licensed program at other universities in Colorado and in New Zealand. She also teaches courses on sexuality and gender in the University Honors Program.
Dr. Krafchick earned her Ph.D. in education and human resource studies with an emphasis in social justice education, her master's in human development and family studies with a specialization in marriage and family therapy, and a graduate certificate in women's studies from CSU. She is a Certified Family Life Educator with the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). She teaches and conducts research on issues related to mentoring, sexuality, gender, families, and diversity. She has extensive experience working with survivors of interpersonal violence and in private practice with individuals, couples, and families. Prior to coming to CSU, Dr. Krafchick served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching junior high school students in the South Pacific.