Mississippi State University

School of Human Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The School of Human Sciences provides education, research, and outreach programs related to human interaction and relation ships, early childhood, child life, youth, adult and family studies and teacher education in Family and Consumer Sciences and Agricultural Education. In addition, selected School programs focus on commerce, marketing and using technology for problem solving and designing programs and projects.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Michael E. Newman
Department Emphasis
  • 81% Child/Human Development
  • 17% Family Science
  • 2% FCS Teacher Education
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

P.O. Box 9745
Mississippi State, MS 39762
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child Development
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Education
  • Family Science
  • Youth Development
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Survey of Human Sciences
  • Professional Protocol
  • Individual and Family Development through the Lifespan
  • Field Experience
  • Child Health and Nutrition
  • Individual and Family Nutrition
  • Prenatal and Infant Development
  • Child Development
  • Methods and Materials for Early Care and Education Programs
  • Guiding Young Children's Behavior and Social Development
  • Lifespan Theory
  • Introduction to Gerontology
  • Consumer Economics
  • Teaching Methods in Ag & Human Sciences
  • Families, Legislation and Public Policy
  • The Family: An Ecological Perspective
  • Parenting
  • Risk, Resilience and Preventive Interventions
  • Human Sciences Senior Seminar
  • Family Resource Management
  • Environments for Special Needs
  • Adult Development: The Middle Years
  • Family Interaction
  • Consumer Aspects of Aging
  • Development and Administration of Child Service Programs
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Human Development in the Context of Leisure and Recreation
  • Curriculum in Human Sciences
  • Child Life Foundations
  • Child Life Clinical
  • The Hospitalized Child
  • Internship Placement Seminar
  • Internship
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

This program offers an interdisciplinary lifespan approach to the study of children, youth and families. It encompasses specialty areas in preschool teaching, childcare, administration, youth studies, family services, child life, consumer economics, human sciences teacher education and extension. Students develop an awareness of trends, issues and public policy affecting families; analyze factors that influence cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development in the contexts of culture and family. Graduates enter diverse public and private sectors which focus on enabling children and families to function effectively in today's complex society.

Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Infant and Child Studies
  • Youth Studies
  • Family Studies
  • Family Resource Management
  • Gerontology
Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Infant and Child Studies
  • Youth Studies
  • Family Studies
  • Family Resource Management
  • Gerontology
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
Alisha Hardman
CFLE Contact Email