Messiah University

Department of Human Development & Family Science
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Department of Human Development and Family Science equips students with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to enhance the well-being of individuals and families across the lifespan in diverse social and cultural settings. Within the context of Christian faith and values, the Department prepares students, through experiential and application opportunities, to pursue leadership, service, and reconciliation, locally, nationally, and globally.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Raeann R. Hamon (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 80% Human Development & Family Science
  • 20% Family & Consumer Sciences Education
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

1 University Avenue, Suite 3047
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
United States

Phone Number
717-766-2511 ext. 2850
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Education
  • Human Development & Family Science
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Foundations of Marriage & Family
  • Introduction to Interpersonal Relationships
  • Death, Grief, & Caring
  • Parenting
  • Human Sexuality
  • Family Resource Management
  • Biology, Nutrition and Healthy Aging
  • Community Services for Individuals & Families
  • Child Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development
  • Families in America
  • Families & Ethics
  • Family Ethnicity & Human Services
  • Dynamics of Family Interaction
  • Marital Relationships
  • Strategies of Family Life Education
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Family Service Practicum
  • Aging Practicum
  • Sociology of Aging
  • Psychology of Aging
  • Major Honors
  • Topics in Human Development & Family Science
  • Topics in Multicultural Family Studies
  • Introduction to Child Life and Child Life Field Experience
  • Play and Development
  • Infants, Toddlers, and Families
  • Latino Families
  • Introduction to Child Life
  • Child Life Field Experience
  • Early Childhood Administration and Practice
  • Early Childhood Administration and Practice Field Experience
  • Textile Construction
  • Interior Design
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

HDFS/FCS students are encouraged to join faculty in research, writing and grants projects. Students are also invited to join their faculty in attending and presenting at regional and national conferences in their academic field. The Messiah College Council on Family Relations, a student professional organization,is a strong and active campus affiliated council of the National Council on Family Relations. It affords students opportunity for networking, service, and professional development. Graduates report that the program provides them with an excellent preparation for entry-level service positions, as well as for graduate work in a variety of fields.

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
November 1996 (Human Development & Family Sciences) & January 2007 (Family & Consumer Sciences Education)
CFLE Contact
Raeann Hamon, Ph.D., CFLE
CFLE Contact Email