The undergraduate curriculum in Child & Family Studies provides students with the background needed to subsequently pursue exciting and challenging careers in working with families and/or children. Employers include cooperative extension; non-profit and private agencies; faith-based organizations; consumer and business agencies and organizations; and federal, state, and local government. Many students pursue a graduate degree in Child & Family Studies or in closely related fields such as social work, counseling, and marriage and family therapy.
A practicum experience during the junior year allows students to gain field experience at an agency of their choosing. Field experience is expanded during the senior year to include a more intensive semester-long field internship at another student-selected agency, thereby offering students entry into the field of interest to them and providing them with post-graduation employment possibilities. Graduates with a concentration in Child & Family Studies are eligible to apply to the National Council on Family Relations for the provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential.