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Child & Family Studies: Family Studies


The family studies program strongly focuses on integrating theory, research and practice. It encompasses a wide range of family structures, dynamics and functions with an emphasis on the development of interpersonal skills and professional practice. 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.

Southeast’s family studies program is an approved Certified Family Life Educator program. The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) oversees our program, which includes course work that follows the standards and criteria needed for students to become Provisional Certified Family Life Educators. For more information, visit the NCFR website.


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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 have the opportunity to work part-time or volunteer in one of our three state licensed centers that serve children, seniors and developmentally disabled adults.
  • Be offered “real world” experiences through placement in agencies and programs serving young children and parents, pregnant teens, senior adults, low-income families, and the community.

What You'll Study

  • CF102 Relationships in the 21st Century
  • CF 120 The Child: Conception through Adolescence
  • CF 360 Family Life Education
  • ED 535 The Trauma Informed Professional

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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Big Brothers/Sisters Program
  • Councils on Aging
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Hospice Programs


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