Montclair State University

Family Science and Human Development
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The Family Science and Human Development Department provides students with a greater understanding of multiple ways of knowing families and children in various contexts. It enables students to critically analyze the literature and to keep abreast of trends in research. The faculty creates a learning environment that supports and encourages the development of forward thinking practitioners and educators who work with families and children in a variety of settings. The department of Family and Child Studies examines multiple ways of knowing families and individuals over the life course in various socio-cultural contexts. Power, diversity, and social justice are analyzed through an interdisciplinary and critical approach.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Katia Paz Goldfarb (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 63.5% School Settins
  • 35% Family Services
  • 1.5% Gerontology
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
Department Address

1 Normal Avenue
University Hall 4144
Montclair, NJ 07043
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Services
  • Gerontology
  • School Settings
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Adult development and aging
  • Advanced research methods in family and child studies
  • Aging and social policy
  • Challenge of aging
  • Child development 1
  • Child development 2: Adolescence
  • Child in the community
  • Comparative study of global families
  • Death and bereavement in the family
  • Dynamics of one to one communication
  • Exploring family diversity
  • Family counseling
  • Family development across the life course
  • Family in the economic system
  • Family in society
  • Family management
  • Family sociology
  • Families in later life
  • Field experience in family and child studies
  • Gender in a changing world
  • Group dynamics
  • The hospitalized child
  • Immigrant families
  • Individual and family problem solving
  • Individual and professional development in family and child studies
  • Infant development
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Internship
  • Introduction to Child Life
  • Introduction to family studies
  • Mindfulness based stress reduction in family settings
  • Older adults and family
  • Organization and management of Child Care centers
  • Peer counseling
  • Play in Child Life practice
  • Poverty and families
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The undergraduate degree in Family and Child Studies offers three separate concentrations within the scope of the field of study. Family Services is an applied track with a culminating internship experience. Students are prepared to work in, develop, and implement a wide range of programs for children, youth, young adults, parents, elders, and families within the scope of community settings. Within a multi-disciplinary framework, Gerontology students are prepared to work with elders and their families in both community-based and institutional settings. Students in the School Settings track are prepared to apply for teacher certification in elementary and early childhood. Each track provides a foundation for graduate study in the field of Family and Child Studies.

Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Child Development 1: Theories
  • Child Development II: Adolescence
  • Child in the Family
  • Death, Grief, and Loss
  • Dynamics of Family Interaction
  • Families, Communities, and School Settings
  • Family Theories
  • Interdisciplinary study of family
  • Intercultural study of family
  • Management of Family Resources
  • Master's Project
  • Master's Thesis
  • Problem solving: Family counseling
  • Program Development
  • Research in Family and Child Studies
  • Research Seminar
  • Selected Topics: Family and Child Studies
  • Seminar in Family and Child Studies
  • Social Policy and the Family
  • Statistical methods in Family and Child Studies
  • Master's level electives by advisement
  • Advanced Qualitative Research
  • Advanced Quantitative Research
  • Critical Change
  • Critique of Family Processes
  • Dissertation Advisement
  • Dissertation Seminar
  • Power and Intersectionality
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quantitative Research
  • Doctoral level electives by advisement
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family and Child Studies
Masters Comments

The Master of Arts in Family and Child Studies at Montclair State University prepares dedicated practitioners and scholars to address the needs of families and children across the lifespan. Graduates pursue careers working in a variety of areas including community agencies and non-profit organizations serving families, State agencies such as family court systems and family service agencies, residential treatment facilities, academic institutions, hospitals, and various corporations. Graduates are further prepared to pursue post-graduate and doctoral education in several areas, including Family Studies, Human Development, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Law, Education, and other related areas.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Family Science
Doctoral Comments

The PhD in Family Science program considers family life within larger socio-cultural contexts and explores how issues of power, privilege, and social justice interact to differentially impact family configurations. The program offers a multidisciplinary lens students can apply to a particular area of Family Studies they select for their emphasis in their doctoral study. The program's unique strengths include individually focused areas of study sustained through coursework, integrating theory, research, and practice, and preparation of scholars and professionals as advocates for positive change for family well-being.

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
Katia Goldfarb, PhD
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