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Child and Family Studies (B.S)

What is Child & Family Studies?
There is a strong demand for early childhood education and social service professionals with the training and expertise to help adults and children cope with the challenges our society is facing.  

The Child & Family Studies degree will teach you how to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve the quality of lives throughout all stages.

This major has three concentrations from which to choose:

►Child Development

►Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE)

►Family Studies

Why EKU?
This program is unique because it combines courswork with hands-on-experiences.

Students will explore topics including:

  • Family dynamics
  • Lifespan Development
  • Cross-cultural competence
  • Interpersonal relationships

Depending on the concentration, you have the opportunity to teach in a variety of educational settings, ranging from infant to kindergarten.


Admission and Progression Requirements

All students who are accepted by EKU's Admissions Office and declare their major as Child and Family Studies are admitted to the University as pre-Child and Family Studies majors.   However pre-admission does not guarantee full admission to the program.    To receive full admission, the following criteria must be met:

  • Minimum of 45 hours with a 2.75 overall GPA.

  • GPA of 3.0 in th following courses CDF 203, 235, 236, 246, 310 & 327s with a grade of "C" or better in each course.

Once the requirements have been met, a completed Application to Child &  Family Studies must be submitted to your advisor within the first two weeks fo the following semester. 


Students ready for practicum classes must apply to enroll and complete necessary requirements before being allowed to register.    Click here for additional information.

Special Requirements in Child & Family Studies Courses

CDF 246, 310, 327s, 351, 399, 405, 406, 443, 450, 544, 744 and 849 require interaction with children.   Criminal record & child abuse and neglect background checks will be done.  If you have a record, you may be required to drop the courses and select another major.

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