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Family Science and Human Development

Family Science and Human Development (formerly known as Family and Child Studies) is an interdisciplinary field that teaches you how to understand individuals, families and communities from a holistic point of view with an emphasis on social justice. We provide our students with hands-on, real-life experiences through internships and fieldwork. As a discipline, we focus on understanding people and families in their homes, schools and communities, rather than laboratories. Our graduates go on to have fulfilling careers supporting children and families where and when they need it the most.

Career Opportunities

  • Family Mediator
  • Group Counseling Facilitator
  • Immigration Advocate
  • Judicial Mediator/Case Worker
  • Mental Health Professional
  • Outreach coordinator
  • Program Director
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher

Undergraduate Programs

BA in Family Science and Human Development, Families, Children and School Settings Concentration

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Science and Human Development prepares students for careers working with youth and families in various settings. The Families, Children and School Settings concentration prepares students to pursue certification for teaching in schools Preschool through Grade 3 or K-5 level.

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BA in Family Science and Human Development, Families, Children and School Settings Concentration with Teacher Certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. Additional undergraduate coursework in the certification content area may be required to meet State and University certification standards.

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BA in Family Science and Human Development, Families, Children and School Settings Concentration with Teacher Certification in Preschool through Grade 3

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. Additional undergraduate coursework in the certification content area may be required to meet State and University certification standards.

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BA in Family Science and Human Development, Children and School Settings Concentration (Combined BA/MAT with Teacher Certification in Grades K- 6 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities.)

The Dual Degree Dual Certification program is a 5-year program that leads to teacher certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6, teacher certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities, a baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree.

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BA in Family Science and Human Development, Families, Children and School Settings Concentration (Combined BA/MAT with Teacher Certification in Preschool through Grade 3 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities.)

The Dual Degree Dual Certification program is a 5-year program that leads to teacher certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6, teacher certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities, a baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree.

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BA in Family Science and Human Development, Family Services Concentration

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Science and Human Development prepares students for careers in social service and community-based programs, providing resources and assistance to diverse families. The Family Services concentration emphasizes the study of family development, relationships, dynamics, functioning, health, and resource management.

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BA in Family Science and Human Development, Gerontology Concentration

The concentration requirements for this program emphasize the study of the family. This interdisciplinary program is unique in that students take several service-learning courses and complete a part time internship enabling them to work with older adults in a variety of community settings.

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Graduate Programs

PhD in Family Science and Human Development

The PhD in Family Science and Human Development is a forty-eight credit program.

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