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Child and Family Studies (B.S.)

Rapid changes in society cause stress to individuals from childhood through adulthood. Coping with those stresses has become an important issue for individuals and families. Career opportunities exist for professionals who understand individual growth and development, interactions within families, and interactions of individuals and families with their surroundings.

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. 


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

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 Dr. Dana Bush
   Academic Advisor  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.

•Other 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 children.

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. Noah Neidlinger

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.

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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