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Early Childhood Education Program

Childhood Nutrition Concentration

Our Childhood Nutrition concentration is designed to educate future teachers on the role nutrition plays in the lives of our youngest learners. The coursework can prepare you to not only implement life-changing nutritional best practices in your own classroom, but to make an even larger impact by influencing nutritional policies at a school and district level. This concentration is ideal for anyone who is passionate about childhood nutrition and seeks to make a lasting and positive effect on the children they teach.

Across government agencies and throughout local communities, the issues associated with childhood nutrition are more prevalent than ever, making this an ideal time to reinforce the importance of good nutrition in our schools through this highly specialized concentration. When you choose the Childhood Nutrition concentration, about three-quarters of your time will be spent learning online; the rest of each course takes place on campus, in one of Kendall’s state-of-the-art kitchens, where you will learn firsthand the important nutritional components that go into food preparation. Through the Childhood Nutrition concentration, you can learn to:

  • Understand children’s nutritional needs and the role nutrition plays in classroom behavior
  • Explore behaviors that lead to and accelerate obesity, as well as learn to recognize the early signs of eating disorders
  • Apply principles of scientific thinking to rigorously evaluate nutritional information
  • Understand the role of food allergies in young children and help students and their parents navigate these challenges
  • Explore strategies to help children and their parents establish healthful eating habits and avoid poor ones

Professional Opportunities:

A number of opportunities are available for students who choose a concentration in Childhood Nutrition. You can share your knowledge with your students or with the entire school by:

  • Evaluating and influencing the nutritional content of breakfast and lunch menus
  • Evaluating and influencing the presence and/or content of vending machines
  • Assessing and influencing policies on foods served (such as snacks) or those brought from home into classrooms
  • Acting as a primary resource in your school by helping other teachers understand how childhood nutrition relates to brain development, childhood disease, food allergies, classroom behavior, and performance

Course Requirements:

Required Coursework for Concentration
Course Title 20 Credits
SCI 330 Nutrition I: Prenatal through Age 54 Credits
SCI 334 Nutrition II: Age 6 through Adolescence4 Credits
SCI 336 Community Nutrition4 Credits
ECE 415 Methods and Materials for Teaching Nutrition4 Credits
GRA 201 Fundamentals of Grant Management4 Credits
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