North Carolina State University

Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences
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The Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences at North Carolina State University offers graduate distance education programs designed to prepare and strengthen current and future professionals who work with youth and/or families in community-based settings.

Our graduate faculty members are field experts who strive to create positive and applied learning environments that prepare students to excel in their professional careers. We are student-focused, recognizing that our students bring talent and knowledge into the classroom. We encourage student development by building on their strengths and cultivating their unique career interests.

We offer a fully online graduate program, which allows our students the flexibility they need to be successful.

Our program is designed for both traditional and non-traditional students, incorporating synchronous and asynchronous learning options that provide students with opportunities to either focus on one foundational area within youth, family, or community sciences, or gain a broad perspective of working with individuals across the lifespan.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Carolyn Dunn (Department Head)
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
Department Address

512 Brickhaven Drive
NCSU Campus Box 7606
Raleigh, NC 27695
United States

Phone Number
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Kimberly Allen
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Applied Concepts in Child and Youth Development
  • Applied Concepts in Child and Youth Development
  • Applied Concepts in Parenting and Family Life Education
  • Collaborations and Partnerships in Youth and Family Settings
  • Complex Family Issues
  • Contemporary Issues in Volunteer Resource Management
  • Professional Ethics and Family Policy
  • Effective Management of Family Resources
  • Environmental Influences on the Family
  • Youth and Family Professionals as Leaders
  • Family Communication and Coaching
  • Family Health and Well-being
  • Family Life Coaching
  • Family Relationships Over the Life Course
  • Gerontology in Family Life Education
  • Human Sexuality
  • Independent Study in Family Life and Youth Development
  • Organizational Systems in Youth and Family Settings
  • Program Development and Evaluation in Youth and Family Settings
  • Research Methods in Youth, Family, and Community Sciences
  • Family Life Coaching
  • Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
  • Supervised Professional Experience in Family Life and Youth Development
  • Theories in Youth, Family, and Community Sciences
  • Thesis Research (Thesis Option)
  • Volunteerism in Youth and Family Settings
  • Scientific inquiry in Agricultural and Extension Education
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family Life and Youth Development
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
Kimberly Allen, Ph.D., CFLE
CFLE Contact Email