Prepare for a career that focuses on families or family members at all stages of life in social service, government, and education. You’ll do that here.

Southeast’s family studies program integrates theory, research, and practice to develop interpersonal skills and professional practice. It is an approved Certified Family Life Educator program. The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) oversees our program, which includes coursework that follows the standards and criteria needed for students to become Provisional Certified Family Life Educators. For more information, visit the NCFR website.

What You’ll Do     

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of family structures, dynamics, and interactions along with developmental issues across the lifespan. 
  • Develop skills in assessing, creating, and implementing interventions to improve family interactions. 
  • Be trained to work with a wide variety of populations and work part-time or volunteer in one of our three state licensed centers that serve children, seniors, and developmentally disabled adults. 
  • Enjoy experiential learning with agencies and programs serving young children and parents, pregnant teens, senior adults, low-income families, and the community. 
  • Gain real-world experience. 100% of Southeast programs offer real-world experience. During the final year, majors complete a Family Service Internship, which is the capstone of integrated study.  

Outcomes & Careers 

  • 96% 

    Successful Outcomes Rate 

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Child & Family Studies report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.  

  • $25.4k 

    Child Care Worker

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a child care worker is $25,460 per year.

  • $31k 

    Preschool Teacher

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a preschool teacher is $31,930. 

     

     

  • $28k

    Teacher Assistant

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a teacher assistant is $28,900. 

     


What You'll Study

As child and family studies: family studies major, you’ll learn about a wide range of family structures, dynamics and functions with an emphasis on the development of interpersonal skills and professional practice. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, the General Education program, and 39 senior division hours (300-599).

Family Studies
(60 Hours – Minor Required)

Required Courses:

  • CF102 Relationships in the 21st Century (3)
  • CF120 The Child: Development from Conception to Adolescence (3)
  • CF206 Introduction to Gerontology (3)
  • CF207 Gerontology Practicum I (3)
  • CF209 Introduction to Family Theories (3)
  • CF213 Family and Community Resources (3)
  • CF220 Young & Middle Adulthood (3)
  • CF340 Family Policy Law & Advocacy (3)
  • CF360 Family Life Education (3)
  • CF402 Relationships of Commitment (3)
  • CF405 Family Life Education Practicum (3)
  • CF410 Culture, Ethnicity and the Child (3)
  • CF430 Parent-Child Interaction (3)
  • CF485 Family Studies Senior Seminar (3)
  • CF520 Professional Ethics & Practice (3)
  • CF565 Family Service Internship (3)
  • ED535 The Trauma Informed Professional (3)
  • FE200 Family Resource Management (3)
  • UI445 Social Perspectives of Sexuality (3)

Choose 3 Hours:

  • UI303 The Female Experience (3)
  • UI455 Understanding Men/Male Develop (3)

Pre-Counseling Track (Optional)

Completing the pre-counseling track will fulfill the minor requirement.

  • CF209 Introduction to Family Theories (3)
  • CF402 Relationships of Commitment (3)
  • CF430 Parent-Child Interaction (3)
  • CF520 Professional Ethics & Practice (3)
  • ED535 The Trauma Informed Professional (3)
  • PY101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • PY440 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PY441 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)
  • PY442 Psychotherapy (3)
  • PY444 Childhood Psychopathology (3)
  • PY495 Internship in Psychology or CF565 Family Service Internship (3)

Department State Licensed Centers

The Family Studies program oversee three community outreach programs that provide students with hands-on learning experiences working with various populations.

  • Educare Progams
  • Horizon’s Enrichment Center for Developmentally Disabled Adults
  • The Apple Project
“Critical Courses” are italicized and bolded. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year     

Fall Semester (13 Hours)     

  • UI100 (1)  
  • EN100 (3)  
  • CF102 (3)  
  • General Education (3)  
  • General Education (3)       

Spring Semester (15 Hours)      

  • CF120 (3)  
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average  

Sophomore Year     

Fall Semester (15 Hours)   

  • CF209 (3)  
  • CF360 (3)  
  • FE200 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours)      

  • CF206 (3) 
  • CF220 (3) 
  • UI303 or UI455 (3)  
  • General Education (3) 
  • Minor Course (3)  

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average  

Junior Year     

Fall Semester (15 Hours)      

  • CF402 (3)  
  • CF410 (3)  
  • ED535 (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours)      

  • CF207 (3)  
  • CF340 (3)  
  • CF430 (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average  

Senior Year     

Fall Semester (14 Hours)      

  • CF213 (3)  
  • CF405 (3)  
  • General Education (2) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Minor Course (3)  

Spring Semester (18 Hours)   

  • CF485 (6)  
  • CF520 (3) 
  • CF565 (3) 
  • UI445 (3)  
  • Elective (6)  

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

Become a Redhawk.

Do more than dream about the future. Take the first steps to make it all happen.

Accreditations

  • Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential
  • National Council on Family Relations logo

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