Child Development & Family Studies (B.S.)

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

The Child Development and Family Studies Program will prepare you for a career focused on children, youth and families from diverse cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds and abilities. Curriculums are focused on theoretical and ecological work with children from birth through adolescence, within a broad context of families, socio-cultural networks, communities, and societal influences. The program offers two bachelor’s degrees:

  • B.S. in Child Development and Family Studies, with a concentration in Child Development and Family Relations (CDFR). This curriculum prepares you to become a North Carolina state certified child care provider and administrator, and provides the option of becoming a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) through the National Council on Family Relations.
  • B.S. in Child Development and Family Studies, with a concentration in Early Education and Family Studies, Birth-Kindergarten (B-K) Teaching Licensure. This curriculum prepares you for teaching young children (from birth through 5 years). Graduates earn the North Carolina B-K Licensure and other early childhood credentials necessary to teach infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners (with and without disabilities), and for work with young children and their families in multiple caregiving environments.

Undergraduate students will observe and participate in field work with young children and families in a variety of real-life settings, including the NC A&T Child Development Laboratory; public and private infant, toddler, preschool and kindergarten programs; community childcare centers; family centers; social service and early intervention programs; and at childcare service agencies. Our graduates find rewarding careers as: child care providers and administrators; family life and parent educators; infant, toddler, preschool and kindergarten teachers; child life specialists; home schooling coordinators; youth and Head Start Directors; family services professionals; family dispute mediators; Cooperative Extension educators; early childhood advocates; child and family development specialists; adoption and child protection services professionals; and professional development coordinators.

CFLE Approved
Degree Level
Program Delivery
Area(s) of Study
Family Science / Studies / Relations / Ecology / Services
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
Department Chair
Director of Graduate Studies