California State University–Los Angeles

Department of Child & Family Studies
CFLE approved

About the Program

Last Updated: 
September 20, 2012

The Department of Child and Family Studies focuses on understanding childhood development within the context of family function in a multicultural environment. Department coursework is designed to help students understand child growth and development from a physical, socio-emotional and cognitive perspective. Students are trained to think critically about child and developmental processes and apply their training to real life situations through a variety of fieldwork opportunities.

Program Overview

Program Administrator: 
Dr. RIta Ledesma
Department Emphasis: 
Area Percentage
  Human Development70%
  Family Studies30%
Campus Enrollment: 
Programs Options: 
Undergraduate, Master's

Undergraduate Program

Program Options: 
  • Child Development
Courses Offered: 
  • Intimate Relationships in Our Diverse Society
  • Child Development
  • Selected Topics in Child Development
  • Observational Techniques for the Study of Children
  • Infant Development
  • The Young Child
  • Urban Families: Contemporary Issues
  • Middle Childhood and Adolescence
  • Issues in Child Abuse, Neglect, and Family Violence
  • Marriage and Family Dynamics
  • Administration of Preschool and Day Care Programs
  • Parenting
  • Divorce, Remarriage and Children
  • Ethnic Identity and Awareness in Children and Families
  • Hospitalized Child/Child Life Program
  • Administrative Leadership in Early Childhood Programs
  • Parent-Child Development Over the Family Life Cycle
  • Family Dynamics and Parenting
  • Social Dynamics of Parenting
  • Approaches to Parent Education
  • Group Dynamics for Parent Education
  • Parenting in High Risk Situations
  • Families, Children and Crisis
  • Personal and Family Financial Management
  • Men, Women and Children in Transition
  • Psychology of Cognitive Development
  • Special Topics in Child Development
  • The Family and the Law
  • Communication Behavior in Childhood
  • Directed Field Experience
  • Senior Seminar
  • Senior Honors Thesis
  • Undergraduate Directed Study

Graduate Program

Courses Offered: 
  • Studying Children: Theories and Methods
  • Infants and Toddlers-Development and Care
  • Children under Transitory Stress
  • Working with Parents
  • Research Methods in Child and Family Studies
  • Selected Topics in Current Issues and Research in Child Development
  • Seminar: Child and Family Development
  • Graduate Field Work
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Graduate Directed Study
  • Thesis or Project

Master's Level

Program Options: 
  • Child & Family Development

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.

Program Approved Since: 
February 2011
CFLE Contact
Raquel Delevi, PhD, CFLE


Faculty at California State University–Los Angeles