Central Washington University

Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The department offers an undergraduate major in Family and Child Life with specializations in Family Science or Child Life, as well as minors in Family Science and Child Development. A graduate degree in Family and Child Life is also offered.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Amy Claridge
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Family Science
  • 50% Child Life
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

Michaelsen 100
400 E University Way MS: 7565
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7565
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Science
  • Child Life
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Skills for Marriage and Intimate Relationships
  • Child Development
  • Family Communication
  • Human Sexuality
  • Relationships & Personal Development
  • Theories of Family Dynamics
  • Theories of Child Development
  • Family Gerontology
  • Parent Education & Guidance
  • Families & Public Policy
  • Culture & Marriage
  • Family Problems & Mediation
  • Consumer Awareness
  • Divorce & Remarriage
  • Family Life Education
  • Research in Family Studies
  • Family Studies Practicum
  • Contemporary Families
  • Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Leadership and Human Development
  • Child Life I: Scope of Practice
  • Child Life !!: Impact of Child Hospitalization
  • Attachment Theory and Practice
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The Family and Child life major includes a core set of challenging interdisciplinary courses, and students choose to specialize in Family Science or Child Life. Students enrolled in the program complete 360 hours of professional fieldwork in an agency suited to their particular professional goals and interests. The students' faculty advisor plans, oversees, and evaluates field practice. 

Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Family Interaction
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Family Communication
  • Family Life Education
  • Families & Public Policy
  • Families in Poverty
  • Curriculum Development
  • Therapeutic Applications of Child Development
  • Practicum
  • Master's Thesis
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family and Child Life
Masters Comments

The goal of the Family and Child Life master's program is to prepare persons for further graduate study; for college teaching; as specialists in social service agencies; as child life specialists; or as professionals in, or consultants to, business, industry, and government.  Students complete 46-50 credits and work with their advisor to develop a program of study suited to their professional goals. Students can complete the program in 5 quarters (one calendar year and one quarter).  Students have the option of completing a traditional Thesis, a comparable research project, or a comprehensive exam to exit the program.

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
Duane Dowd, PhD, CFLE
CFLE Contact Email