Indiana University of Pennsylvania will offer a part-time bachelor's degree program in Child and Family Studies at its center in Monroeville.

IUP at Monroeville is at 400 Penn Center Boulevard, Building Four, Suite 900, Wilkins Township.

Those interested in the program are asked to attend an orientation and information session on August 10, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. at the Monroeville center.

Two courses will be offered each semester for program participants. One course will be offered on line, and one course will be offered in the evening at the center.

This major is designed to help students meet the early care and education needs of children from birth through preschool, with additional courses focusing on working with families, community agencies, English-language learners, people with special needs, and adolescents.

The curriculum meets National Association for the Education of Young Children standards for early care and education.

This program is designed specifically for students who have completed an associate degree but is open to any student wishing to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Family Studies.

Courses will be taken with a cohort, in which students build and maintain a supportive professional and academic network while moving through their classes as a group. Courses will be taught by doctoral-level IUP faculty members.

For more information, contact Dr. Fredalene B. Bowers, coordinator, IUP Child and Family Studies Program, at 724-357-4046 or 724-357-2336 or by e-mail at