Samford University

Department of Human Development and Family Life Education
CFLE approved

About the Program

Last Updated: 
August 27, 2013

The family studies major recognizes the crucial role of families in society. The family studies curriculum focuses on personal relationships and their connection to and impact on human living and development.  The program continues to hold to their motto, "Enriching the lives of families through education, service and advocacy."  Since 1999 the family studies curriculum has met the requirements for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation awarded by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). The program is designed to prepare students for professional careers in the helping professions, in human service agencies, the non profit sector, or for graduate school and research.  Career options include family life education, parenting education, helping professions, elder care services, family and social services, child development, youth ministry, and education. A significant portion of family studies students plan to attend a master's degree program in areas such as family law, social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling, early childhood education, occupational therapy and seminary.

Program Overview

Program Administrator: 
Dr. Kristie Chandler
Department Emphasis: 
Area Percentage
  Family Science50%
  Human Development50%
Campus Enrollment: 
Programs Options: 

Undergraduate Program

Program Options: 
  • Child Development Education
  • Family Studies
Courses Offered: 
  • Marriage & the Family
  • Parenting
  • Family Life Education
  • Death & Dying
  • Family Dynamics
  • Families & Health
  • Family Economics
  • Infant & Child Development
  • Adolescent & Adult Development
  • Counseling Foundations
  • Practicum in Family Studies
  • Independent/Special Study
  • Research Methods
  • Issues in Human Sexuality
  • Family Law & Public Policy
  • Multicultural Perspectives
  • Senior Research
  • Introduction to Non-profit Organizations and Grant Writing

Family studies is the study of how individuals grow and develop across the life cycle in the context of personal and family relationships. Courses expose students to practical and theoretical content in areas such as dating and relationship information, marital relationships, human sexuality, parenting, families and society, lifespan development, gender roles, and multicultural perspectives. In addition to a capstone research project, students gain practical experience through an internship, as well as the planning, implementation and evaluation of family life education programs.

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.


Faculty at Samford University