New Mexico State University

Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Department of Family & Consumer Sciences houses the Family & Child Science Program. A B.S. can be earned in Family & Child Science. An M.S. can be earned with emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy (leading to licensure) or Family & Child Science. Thesis and non thesis options are available.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Esther Devall
Department Emphasis
  • 35% Family Science
  • 35% Child/Human Development
  • 30% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

Box 30003 MSC 3470
Las Cruces, NM 88003
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family & Child Science
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Infant Development
  • Preschool Child
  • Middle Childhood
  • Adolsecent Development
  • Aging Family
  • Family Dynamics
  • Parenting & Child Guidance
  • Field Experience
  • Family Ethnicities & Subcultures
  • Research Methods
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The curriculum stresses the interrelationship of individuals throughout the life span and the impact of social and economic factors on the family system. Graduates are prepared for professional work with social & community agencies and other activities that serve families and consumers.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Kourtney Vaillancourt
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Adolescent Development
  • Infant Development
  • the Aging Family
  • Family Ethnicities & Subcultures
  • Parenting & Child guidance
  • Family Law & Ethics
  • The Family System
  • Sexuality & Family Dynamics
  • Contemporary Marriage and Family Issues
  • Family Crisis and Rehabilitation
  • Techniques of Family Therapy
  • Theories of Family Therapy
  • Supervised Clinical Practice
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family & Child Science
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The graduate degree prepares individuals for work in clinical, educational and administrative settings related to the human services. The MFT option satisfies the state educational requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist.

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
Esther Devall, PhD, CFLE
CFLE Contact Email