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Child and Family Development

Bachelor of Science Degree

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What can I do with this major

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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.

What do CFD Students Learn

The Child and Family Development curriculum is primarily guided by the National Council of Family Relations Core Competencies. The 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. In addition to acquiring a strong foundation for understanding development at all ages, students will gain hands-on experiences through courses, volunteer work, student organizations and campus activities.


This Bachelor of Science degree prepares students for leadership roles in child and/or family related careers, such as early care and education, human services and parent education.

A Bright Future

The degree in Child and Family Development enables 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 fields such as Marriage and Family Therapy, School Counseling, Community Counseling, and Human Development and Family Sciences.

Career Options

By focusing on concepts and principles of human development and the complexities of contemporary life, Central's child and family development 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, preschools, residential facilities, hospitals, community centers, churches, schools, for profit, and non-profit organizations.

About the Faculty

Child and family development faculty members have all earned doctoral degrees in child and family development. Additionally, faculty members have had professional work experience in human service agencies. Faculty members conduct applied research and present papers at international, national and state conferences.

Student Involvement

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.

To Learn More

Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development