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Earning your bachelor’s in family studies prepares you to take on positions that help families at all stages of life. You’ll integrate theory, research, and practice to serve families in a variety of fields. 

Southeast’s family studies program is an accredited 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. 

What to Expect   

Family studies majors will develop skills in assessing, creating, and implementing interventions to improve family interactions. More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to: 

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of family structures, dynamics, and interactions, along with developmental issues across the lifespan. 
  • Continue working, secure an internship, or balance life’s other responsibilities by taking online courses. 
  • Gain real-world experience through placement in agencies and programs serving young children and parents, pregnant teens, senior adults, low-income families, and the community. 

Graduates of Southeast Online’s family studies program meet the standards to become a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relation.

Accrediting Body and Accreditation

  • NCFR: Catalyzing Research, Theory and Practice logo
  • Certified Family Life Educator (cfle) logo

College of Education, Health and Human Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is housed within the College of Education, Health and Human Studies. The college boasts programs that train students in mind, body, and soul. So, whether you want to teach, to care, to support, or to fix, we have a program to get you there.

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies

"I decided to teach because I love helping students succeed and showing them that learning is a lifelong process. "

Sarah Kuborn, Ph.D., CFLE

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Family Studies Curriculum

The family studies degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours. A minor is required. “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.

A grade of ‘C’ is required for CF 207, CF 340, CF 405, CF 520 

  • CF 102 Relationships in the 21st Century (3) 
  • CF 120 The Child (3) 
  • CF 206 Introduction to Gerontology (3) 
  • CF 207 Gerontology Practicum (3) 
  • CF 209 Introduction to Family Theories (3) 
  • CF 213 Family and Community Resources (3) 
  • CF 220 Young and Middle Adulthood (3) 
  • CF 340 Family Law, Policy, and Advocacy (3) 
  • CF 360 Family Life Education (3)  
  • CF 402 Relationships of Commitment (3)  
  • CF 405 Special Populations Practicum (3)  
  • CF 410 Culture, Ethnicity and the Child (3) 
  • CF 430 Parent-Child Interactions (3)  
  • CF 485 Family Studies Senior Seminar (3)  
  • CF 520 Professional Ethics and Practice (3) 
  • CF 565 Family Services Internship (3)  
  • ED 535 The Trauma Informed Professional (3) 
  • FE 200 Family Resource Management (3) 
  • UI 445 Social Perspectives of Human Sexuality (3) 

Choose 3 hours:  

  • UI 303 The Female Experience (3)  
  • UI 455 Understanding Men/Male Development (3) 

  • Child Development  
  • Criminal Justice  
  • Gerontology  
  • Psychology  
  • Social Work 

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

Educare Programs  

  • Horizon’s Enrichment Center for Developmentally Disabled Adults  
  • The Apple Project 

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in a 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 


  • Full Term: Aug. - Dec. (3 hours) 
  • Full Term: Aug. - Dec. (3 hours) 
  • Full Term: Aug. - Dec. (3 hours) 
  • 1st 8 Week: Aug. - Oct. (3 hours) 
  • 2nd 8 Week: Oct. - Dec. (3 hours) 
  • Total: 15 hours 


  • Wintersession: Dec. - Jan. (3 hours) 
  • Full Term: Jan. - May. (3 hours) 
  • Full Term: Jan. - May. (3 hours) 
  • 1st 8 Week: Jan. - Mar. (3 hours) 
  • 2nd 8 Week: Mar. - May. (3 hours) 
  • Total: 15 hours 


  • 1st 4 Week: June (3 hours) 
  • 8 Week: June-July (3 hours) 
  • 2nd 4 Week: July (3 hours) 
  • Total: 9 hours 

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Family Studies?

The Family Studies program prepares students for a variety of positions that focus on families or family members at all stages of the life continuum in social service, government, and education. 

With real-world experience built into the curriculum, you’ll graduate ready to start your career, or take the next step in your education towards a graduate degree. 

Program graduates can earn jobs as a: 

  • Advocacy agent 
  • Geriatric specialist 
  • Senior center director 
  • Victim assistance worker 
  • Caseworker 

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.  

  • $70k

    Social and Community Service Manager

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a social and community service manager is $69,600. 

  • $49k

    Childcare Center Director

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a childcare center director is $49,160.  


  • $32k 

    Preschool Teacher

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



98% of College of Education, Health and Human Studies graduates are employed or enrolled in grad school within a year.

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