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About the Child and Family Development Program
The mission of Central’s Child and Family Development program is to prepare highly qualified graduates to work effectively with individuals and families in our diverse and multi-faceted society, which in turn, improves the quality of life for individuals and families. This mission will be accomplished through comprehensive curriculum rooted in sound theoretical framework and contemporary research, hands-on professional learning experiences with children and families in varied settings, strong support and valuable guidance, and leadership opportunities. Click here to view our video mms://streaming.ucmo.edu/cfd/cfd_promo.wmv
A Bright Future
The degree in Child and Family Development enable students to work with children and families in various settings. Due to the changes and diversities among modern families, there is an increasing demand for Child and Family Development Professionals. Opportunities at the state/federal level are anticipated due to the massive retirement of the baby boomer generation. In addition, many Child and Family Development graduates apply and are accepted to graduate schools in related field such as Marriage and Family Therapy, School Counseling, Family Law, Special Education, Elementary/Early Childhood Education, Counseling, and Human Development and Family Sciences.
By focusing on concepts and principles of human development and the complexities of contemporary life, Central’s child and family degree program equips graduates to work in a variety of settings and capacities with individuals and families. Careers are found in local, state, and federal government agencies, homes, residential facilities, hospitals, community centers, churches, schools, for profit, and non-profit organizations.
- Preschool Educator
- Child Care Center Director
- Before and After School Program Coordinator
- Recreation Coordinator for Children
- Family Life Educator
- Foster Care Counselor
- Family Planning Educator
- Adoption Counselor
- Parenting Educator
- Family/Youth Activities Coordinator
- Hospice Family Coordinator
- Divorce Mediator and Consultant
- Consultant of Educational Materials and Toys
- State Licensing Representative
- Parent as Teacher Educator
- Child Abuse Counselor
- Child Advocacy Agencies
- Family Mediator
- Community Development Programmer
- Youth Program Director
- Childbirth Instructor
- Family Shelter Director
- Family Support & Children’s Divisions Worker
- Assisted Living/ Adult Care
- Premarital and Marital Educator
Bachelor of Science B.S. Degree, in Child and Family Development -preparation for leadership roles in child and/or family related careers, such as early care and education, human services and parent education.
Minor in Child and Family Development An individualized minor in Child and Family Development for a Bachelor’s Degree. This 21 credit hour concentration in Child and Family Development will focus on developmental principles and work with children and families. It will complement numerous major degree programs.
What do CFD Students Learn?
The Child and Family Development curriculum is primarily guided by the National Council of Family Relations Core Competencies. Their ten core competencies areas are: Families in Society,
Internal Dynamics of Families, Human Growth and Development Over the Life Span, Human Sexuality, Interpersonal Relationships, Family Resource Management, Parent Education and Guidance, Family Law and Public Policy, Ethics and Family Life Education Methodology.
Linking Theories and Practice
In addition to acquiring a strong foundation for understanding development at all ages, families in their many diverse forms, students will gain hands-on experiences through courses, volunteer work, student organizations and campus activities.
- Hands-on experiences through Practicum, Field Experience and Internship courses.
- 100% Internship Placement Rate.
- Successful internship in US and abroad.
- High remarks from professionals in the field.
- 95% of the internship site supervisors indicated willingness to hire our students after they graduate from UCM*.
* Based on the internship data 2005-2007.
Student Organization: Central’s Society of Child and Family Development
The Central Society of Child and Family Development (CSCFD) is an organization for students studying Child and Family Development. This major specific student organization provides numerous networking and professional development opportunities. All CFD major and minor students will have access to the organization website, resources, and e-mail list.