Minnesota State University–Mankato

Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The mission of the Department of Family Consumer Science is to promote the well-being of people and the enrichment of quality environments, and to prepare men and women to assume essential professional roles in a rapidly changing, culturally diverse, global society. 

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Heather Von Bank
Department Emphasis
  • 60% Family Studies
  • 20% Child/Human Development
  • 20% Resource Management/Consumerism
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

102 Wiecking Center
Mankato, MN 56001
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child Development & Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Personal and Family Living
  • Consumers in the Economy
  • Lifespan Development
  • Community Resources and Family Support
  • Family Finance
  • Child Care Psychology
  • Family Policy and Ethics
  • Working with Families
  • Parenting Education
  • Family Life and Sex Education
  • Romantic Relationships
  • Culturally Diverse Families
  • Family Life Development
  • Play and Child Development
  • Teaching Family Life/Parent Education
  • Internship
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The Child Development and Family Studies major deals with family relations, human development across the lifecycle and other family-related issues such as resource management and housing. Graduates are prepared to work with children, adults, and families in a variety of human services and educational settings. Students may also choose this major as preprofessional training for further graduate study for marriage and family therapy, human services professions, or university teaching. Courses in this area are also popular electives frequently utilized to enhance other majors or interpersonal relationships. Students may consult with an advisor to develop a plan of study that works best for each individual.

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
Heather Von Bank
CFLE Contact Email