Florida State University

Department of Family & Child Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The programs in Family and Child Sciences provides understanding of family relationships over the life span. We emphasize the diversity of families and how children and families are influenced by the broader environment and change over time. Students learn to apply this knowledge in working with children, youth and families in various professional settings through practicum experiences. Such experiences occur in a variety of human service agencies and organizations, educational and child care centers, and child and family advocacy organizations. The master's degree provides advanced knowledge of family process, child development, and evidence-based interventions; both a thesis and non-thesis options are available. Two doctoral programs are available: Marriage and Family Therapy and Human Development and Family Science. Both address relational development and enhancement of young adults, couples, and families; distressed families and relational interventions; and the link between parenting process and relational outcomes within the diversity of contemporary families.  Both programs are highly research-focused and emphasize preparing the next generation of scholars with the goal of placing students in careers at colleges and universities, research units, and public policy organizations.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Joe Grzywacz
Department Emphasis
  • 35% Family Science
  • 45% Family Therapy
  • 15% Human Development
  • 5% Family Life Education
Campus Enrollment
41,301
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
Department Address

225 Sandels Building
P.O. Box 3061491
Tallahassee, FL 32306
United States

Phone Number
850-644-3217
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family & Child Sciences
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Applied Human Sciences Research
  • Advanced Research Methods in Family and Child Sciences
  • Advanced Family Studies
  • College Teaching in Family Sciences
  • Dyadic Data Analyses
  • Effectiveness and Translation Research
  • Family Diversity
  • Families in Crisis
  • Grantwriting in Family and Child Sciences
  • Internship Experiences
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Outcome Research
  • Methods of Research
  • Parent and Child Relations
  • Policy Development and Analysis
  • Practicum in Marital and Family Therapy
  • Professional Development in Family and Child Sciences
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Research Best Practices in Human Sciences
  • Research Methods in Family and Child Sciences
  • Supervision of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Theories of Child Development
  • Theories of Family Science
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
CFLE
Undergrad Comments

The family and child sciences program introduces students to the numerous challenges and developmental process inherent in contemporary families, emphasizing the importance of the variety of setting in which development occurs. Special emphasis is on family interactions that promote adaptation in a changing world. Through required practicum experience,  students are prepared to work with people (individuals, children and families) in a variety of professional settings such as human services, community-based programs, educational environments and advocacy.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Lenore McWey
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Advanced Child Development
  • Advanced Family Studies
  • Practicum in Child Development: Varied Ages
  • Theories of Child Development
  • Theories of Family Science
  • Grantwriting in Family and Child Sciences
  • Policy Development and Analysis
  • Professional Development in Family and Child Sciences
  • Parent and Child Relations
  • Child Care Issues and Advocacy
  • Families in Crisis
  • Family Life Education
  • College Teaching in Family Sciences
  • Supervised College Teaching in FCS
  • Readings in Family and Child Sciences
  • Seminar in Family and Child Sciences
  • Human Sexuality Education
  • Supervision of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Advamced Topics in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Research Methods in Family and Child Sciences
  • Randomized Clinical Trials
  • Dissemination of Research
  • Advanced Resarch Methods in Family and Child Sciences
  • Practicum in Marital and Family Therapy
  • Internship in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Supervision in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Applied Behavioral Sciences Research
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family & Child Sciences
Masters Comments

A single master's degree program is offered which integrates child development and family studies and provides advanced knowledge of the research and practice related to these disciplines. Students select either a thesis option or a non-thesis option. This program prepares students for careers in higher education, government, cooperative extension, human services agencies serving children and families and various programs in the private sector.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Human Development and Family Science
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Doctoral Comments

Two options are available for the doctoral degree: Marriage and Family Therapy and Human Development and Family Science. The Marriage and Family Therapy degree is for students who have completed a clinical master's degree. The doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Science has two tracks: one is for students without a master's degree and the other is for students who have successfully completed as master's degree.  The doctoral programs are individually designed using a broad range of subject matter courses, and all students complete extensive coursework in research methods and statistics.  The goal of our doctoral training is to develop the next generation of scholars. Both doctoral degree programs are research-focused, so students are provided with extensive training and experience in research methodology and statistics. The programs are based on the belief that theory serves as the foundation for research and that generating new knowledge through scholarly contributions to research is essential. 

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
6/1/1999
CFLE Contact
Mallory Lucier Greer, CFLE
CFLE Contact Email