Central Michigan University

Department of Human Development & Family Studies
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) area includes 24 faculty positions, 18 of which are tenured and tenure-track, serving over 2,000 majors and minors.  We offer academic programs in Child Development, Early Childhood Development and Learning (including teacher certification), Family Studies, and  Gerontology.  Our Family Studies and Child Development majors complete field work early on in their academic training with a semester internship that completes their professional sequence. The Gerontology program is offered as a minor that pairs well with most majors or as a master's level certification. 

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Deborah C. Bailey (CFLE Program Coordinator and Dr. Tanya Domina (Human Environmental Studies Chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 65% Child Development
  • 30% Family Studies
  • 5% Gerontology
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
Department Address

215 Education and Human Services
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859-4270
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Development and Learning (certification/non-certification)
  • Family Studies
  • Gerontology (minor)
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Lifespan Development
  • Discrimination: Roots and Impact on Human Development in the U.S.
  • Marriage and Close Relationships
  • Families in Cultural Perspective
  • Introduction to Human Sexuality
  • Consumer Economics
  • HDFS Field Work
  • Infant and Toddler Development
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Theories of Child and Adolescent Development
  • Families, Schools, and Communities
  • Family Management Theory
  • Child Development Skills and Methods
  • Family Studies Skills and Methods
  • HDFS International Service Learning
  • Education for Family Life & Human Sexuality
  • Developmental Assessment of Young Children
  • Guidance for Young Children
  • Best Practices in Early Childhood Settings
  • Lead Teaching in Early Childhood
  • Families in Social, Legal, & Political Contexts
  • Facilitating Discussion in Human Sexuality Groups
  • Human Development and Family Studies Research Methods
  • Family Development in Late Life
  • HDFS Internship
  • Practicum in Parent Involvement
  • Early Childhood Program Administration and Learning Environments
  • Child Development Seminar: Promoting Resilience
  • Seminar in Human Sexuality
  • Seminar: Family Relations
  • Readings in the Family
  • Current Issues in Marriage and the Family
  • Family Development: Early Adulthood/Middle Age
  • Readings in Marital Counseling and Divorce
  • Introduction to Gerontology
  • Service Learning in Gerontology
  • Women and Aging
  • Dementia Care: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention
  • Geriatric Nutrition
  • Special Topics in Gerontology
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The HDFS program combines Child Development, Family Studies, and Gerontology related courses into majors and minors preparing students for professional service, teacher education, and graduate training.  All programs emphasize the intersection of theory, research, and practice focused on improving the well-being and functioning of individuals, families, and society. 

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
CFLE Contact
Jeffrey J. Angera
CFLE Contact Email