University of Rhode Island

Department of Human Development & Family Studies
CFLE approved

About the Program

Last Updated: 
December 05, 2012

The mission of the Department is to enhance individual and family well-being through its academic programs, research, service and outreach initiatives. Academic programs are multidisciplinary and emphasize a knowledge base that prepares students to function as leaders in educational, clinical, and human service settings. Central to the mission is the development of our leadership role in the discovery, evaluation, dissemination, and application of knowledge for the benefit of families, and the larger community. An essential component of the mission is to understand the dynamic economic, political, and societal forces that affect individuals and families. This knowledge is used to provide students, faculty, and professionals with the skills to shape positive societal change in programs and services to children, youth, older adults, and families.The undergraduate program of study leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.The graduate program in family therapy leads to a Masters of Science (M.S.)degree

Program Overview

Program Administrator: 
Dr. Karen McCurdy
Department Emphasis: 
Area Percentage
  Human Development80%
  Family Science10%
  Family Therapy10%
Campus Enrollment: 
Programs Options: 
Undergraduate, Master's

Undergraduate Program

Program Options: 
  • Child Settings
  • Family & Community Settings
  • Family Finance Settings
Courses Offered: 
  • Personal and Career Development
  • Life Span Development I & II
  • Research in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Family Financial Issues Across the Life Span
  • Marriage and Family Relationships
  • Introduction to Work with Young Children
  • Infant Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development
  • Introduction to Gerontology
  • Family and Community Health
  • Advanced Seminar in Child Development
  • Family Interaction
  • Perspectives on Parenting
  • Children and Families in Poverty
  • Assessment in Early Childhood
  • Childrens Literature
  • Personal Finance
  • Death, Dying and Bereavement
  • Consumer Protection
  • Family and the Elderly
  • Family Life Education
  • Law and Families in the U.S.

The undergraduate curriculum in Human Development and Family Studies provides a general background for work with children, families, adolescents, and adults in a variety of human service and community settings. The program of study leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

Graduate Program

Dr. Jerome Adams, Couple and Family Therapy Concentration; Dr. Sue Adams, Developmental Science Concentration
Courses Offered: 
  • Human Sexuality and Counseling
  • Family Theory Seminar
  • Families Under Stress: Coping and Adaptation
  • Marital and Family Therapy I & II
  • Family Therapy Practicum
  • Gender Issues in Therapy
  • Family Therapy Practicum
  • Assessment in Family Therapy
  • Research in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Family Therapy Practicum
  • Theoretical and Clinical Problems
  • Ethical, Legal & Professional Issues in MFT
  • Masters Internship (off-site placement)
  • Diversity Issues in Applied Family Settings
  • Family Therapy Practicum
  • Professional Seminar
  • Human Development Seminar
  • Advanced Family Studies
  • Research Methods in HDF
  • Family Policy and Program Evaluation
  • Group Procedures and Leadership
  • Organizational Development in Human Services
  • Professional Seminar
  • Seminar in Infancy and Early Childhood
  • Seminar in Middle Childhood and Adolescence
  • Seminar in Adult Development
  • Seminar in Older Adulthood

Master's Level

Program Options: 
  • Developmental Science
  • Couple & Family Therapy

The Developmental Science program offers an innovative curriculum with a foundation in development across the life course, family policy, and research methods.  In the two year program, students can tailor courses to their particular interest, such as child, adolescent or adult development, gerontology, family life education, or public policy/administration. Students may choose to take coursework to qualify for Certificates in Family Life Education or Gerontology.  Students are encouraged to complete an administrative, research, or social service internship to complement their coursework with hands-on experience. Completion of a Master’s Thesis serves as the capstone project for this program. This integrated curriculum prepares graduates for positions in the areas of human service and administration, policy and advocacy, research and evaluation; and for advanced studies in Ph.D. 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.


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