You want to help others, influence change in society, and mold the next generation of learners: you’ll do that here.

Students who earn a degree from the Department of Child and Family Studies at Southeast Missouri State learn the science behind human development, the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, the stages of a child's development and learning, and so much more. From day one, you'll be immersed in hands-on learning experiences in and out of the classroom, developing technical and interpersonal skills to prepare you for a career right after graduation. Don't let life pass you by. Study it.

This department is housed in the College of Education, Health and Human Studies.

Academic Programs

The Department of Child and Family Studies has five majors and minors, so you are certain to find the program to help you achieve your career and personal goals.

Gain knowledge inside and outside the classroom

Learn how you can refine your skills through real-world, hands-on experience in The Department of Child and Family Studies.


The Department of Child and Family Studies wants to help you help others. Learn about the services we offer to help our community while giving our students the hands-on experience they need.

A.P.P.L.E. Project

The A.P.P.L.E. Project is a comprehensive paperwork service which supports the independence of senior adults by providing persons aged 60 and older with counseling, advocacy, education, and direct assistance with their paperwork needs.

Horizons Enrichment Center

The Horizons Enrichment Center encourages independence and community interaction for individuals with special needs. This program allows guardians and caregivers respite from the full-time responsibilities of caregiving. 


  • Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential
  • National Council on Family Relations logo
Office Location
Scully Building 114
Mailing Location
One University Plaza, MS 5750
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701