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Child and Family Studies (B.S.)

Rapid changes in society are affecting more and more people.  There is a growing population of older adults, and family dynamics are changing with increased need for child care and family services.  There is a strong demand for professionals with the training and expertise to help adults and children cope with these changes. This degree will teach you how to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve the quality of lives throughout all stages. 

You will receive real world experience in practicum classes which will help you build professional networks and apply what you have learned in the classroom.

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, admission to the pre-Child and Family Studies program does not guarantee admission to the Child and Family Studies program. To be admitted to the Child and Family Studies program, the following criteria must be met:

  • Minimum of 45 hours with a 2.75 overall GPA and an ACT of 18 or 3.2 overall GPA and an ACT of 17
  • GPA of 3.0 in the following courses CDF 203, 235, 236, 246, 310 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 the student's advisor within the first two weeks of 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.

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This Major has Three Options From Which to Choose

OPTION 1:   Child Development
Prepare to teach or direct private early childhood programs
  Work with children birth through eight.

Job Opportunities 
  Head Start, profit or non-profit child care/agencies, and family resource centers.

For further information on this program option, contact:
     Academic Advisor (last name A-L):   Dr. Dana Bush
     Academic Advisor (last name M-Z)Dr. Lisa Gannoe

Suggested Curriculum Guide for Child Development Option

OPTION 2:  Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE)
Prepare for Kentucky Teacher Licensure (Birth through Five).
   Support development of infants, toddlers, preschool and kindergarten 
   children through  lesson planning, learning environments and assessment.

•Job Opportunities
   Developmental interventionist for children (birth -2 years).
   Prepare individual education plans for children who experience
   developmental delays and support plans to assist families of those

You must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program at least one term before you apply for student teaching.

For further information on this program option, contact:
     Academic Advisor:  Dr. Tamala North

Suggested Curriculum Guide for IECE Option

OPTION 3:   Family Studies
Prepare to work with individuals and families in social service.
  Study lifespan human development, family and interpersonal relations
   and non-profit management. Learn how the influences of school,
  peers, gender and poverty influence individual development and
  family functioning.

Job Opportunities
  Family resource centers, community agencies, and profit or non-profit organizations that provide services for children, youth, adults and families.

The Family Studies Option is approved by the National Council on Family Relations to become a Certified Family Life Educator.

For further information on this program option, contact:
     Academic Advisor:  Dr. Mary Sciaraffa

Suggested Curriculum Guide for Family Studies Option

KENTUCKY EARLY CHILDHOOD DIRECTOR'S CREDENTIAL  was developed in 2002 by a KIDS NOW workgroup comprised of early childhood directors, teachers, trainers, and university educators. It recognizes the unique qualifications of leadership in early childhood programs. Seven state colleges and universities are approved to offer the program and the proficiency review process leading to the Director's Credential.

CDF 203,246, 310, 327S, 351, 399, 405, 406, 443, 450, 499, 541, 544, 741, 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 course and select another major.  

Child and Family Studies Students Advocating for Quality Early Childhood Programs

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