Middle Tennessee State University

Department of Human Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Child Development and Family Studies program prepares students to work with individuals and families in a variety of settings. In their classes, students examine human growth and development over the lifespan and family dynamics from a holistic perspective. This includes all aspects of development from conception through childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age as well as family focused coursework on parenting, intergenerational relationships, families and work, violence, and other challenges affecting families in a rapidly changing society. An important part of this program is the emphasis on experiential learning (EXL). Students take several classes that allow them to engage in activities with a variety of populations. These field placements, internships and service learning courses provide students with opportunities to use the information they learn in classes to assist individuals and families in our communities. It is through one of these classes that the CDFS program and, hence MTSU, has become affiliated with Universities Fighting World Hunger, an initiative of the World Food Programme and the U.N. This is an intergenerational, lifespan development program with an emphasis on hands-on learning and a commitment to addressing both global and local issues facing families today. As a result of our hands-on emphasis, CDFS students can graduate as "Experiential Learning (EXL) Scholars".

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Ms. Deborah Belcher (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 60% Family Studies
  • 40% Child/Human Development
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

131 East Main Street
MTSU Box 86
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergraduate Director
Dr. Beth Emery (coordinator)
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child Development & Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Human Development I
  • Caring Across Generations
  • Human Development II
  • Family Relations
  • Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships
  • Life Span Human Development
  • Professional Seminar
  • Violence in the Family
  • Human Development III
  • The Contemporary Family
  • Parenting
  • Families in Later Life
  • Aging Health and Development
  • Family Centered Community Building I
  • Family Centered Community Building II
  • Family Life Program Development and Evaluation
  • Internship in CDFS
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
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
J. Claire Cook, Ph.D, CFLE
CFLE Contact Email