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Educational Leadership and Human Development

Lovinger Building, Room 4101
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4341
Office Manager: Barb Hicks

Child & Family Development

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.

Meet the Faculty
Dr. Jaimee Hartenstein, Program Coordinator
Dr. Lover Chancler
Dr. Joyce Chang
Dr. Adriatik Likcani
Dr. Ryan Peterson
Dr. Alethea Rollins
Dr. Scott Huff


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.

Master of Science The Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) graduate program issues one Master of Science degree with two connected and distinct specialization areas: 1) Human Development and Family Science, consisting of 30 credit hours, and 2) Human Development and Family Science with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), consisting of 54 credit hours. These two emphasis areas will share foundational courses and the Marriage and Family Therapy students will also complete clinical training.

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.

Career Options

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.

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.

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.