Kent State University

Human Development & Family Studies Program
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program is housed within the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences. HDFS offers an interdisciplinary approach to individual and family development across the lifespan. We value a holistic perspective that includes nurturing and fostering physical, intellectual, emotional, and social dimensions of human life. We focus on child and adolescent development, adult development and aging, biological aspects of human development, family studies, intervention research, and developmental research methods. 

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Mary Dellmann-Jenkins (director)
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Family Studies
  • 50% Child/Human Development
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
Department Address

405 White Hall, Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child and Youth Development
  • Family Life Education
  • Case Management for Individuals and Families
  • Gerontology
  • Nursing Home Administration
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Human Development & Family Studies
  • Interpersonal Relationships and Families
  • Child Development
  • Management of Family Resources
  • Adult Development & Aging
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Professional Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Building Family Strengths
  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Family Policy
  • Introduction to Gerontology
  • Social Policy & Community Resources for Older Adults
  • Long Term Care Administration
  • Early Adolescence
  • Intergenerational Experiences
  • Family Intervention Across the Lifespan
  • Changing Roles of Men & Women
  • Nonprofit Fundraising and Grantwriting
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Assessment and Strategies
  • General Case Management Methods
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Professional Child & Youth Work Practice
  • Bereavement, Trauma, and Other Losses
  • Practicum
  • Internship in HDFS - Case Management
  • Family Life Education Methodology
  • Dynamics of Helping Relationship
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The HDFS curriculum prepares graduates for professional careers related to working with children, youth, adults, and families in social and human service settings. Core coursework focuses on lifespan development (from infancy through old age) and family issues and processes. All students complete an internship or practicum as part of their academic requirements.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Kelly Cichy
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Adolescent Development
  • Family Intervention Across the Lifespan
  • Professional Issues in HDFS
  • Building Family Strengths
  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Family Policy
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Professional Child and Youth Work Practice
  • Bereavement, Trauma, and other Losses
  • Practicum
  • Family Theories and Processes
  • Family Life Education
  • Studies in Childrearing
  • Intergenerational Family Caregiving
  • Intergenerational Experiences
  • Early Adolescence
  • Work and Family
  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Family Life in Later Years
  • Thesis
  • Master's Project
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Human Development & Family Studies
Masters Comments

The Master of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies provides students with advanced knowledge in the fields of family sciences and human development and the opportunity to develop multidisciplinary research and community outreach skills. Coursework enables students to apply to become Certified Family Life Educators. Graduates are prepared for leadership and teaching positions in the social services, junior and community colleges, cooperative extension, and/or for pursuing doctoral-level study. A Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is offered.

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
April 1998 - Undergraduate and Graduate
CFLE Contact
Dr. Maureen Blankemeyer, CFLE
CFLE Contact Email