Northern Illinois University

School of Family, Consumer & Nutrition Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

Program Overview

The School of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) prepares
professionals who support families and individuals in meeting their
human needs in the context of lifespan development. Approximately 600
undergraduate and 60 graduate students are enrolled in FACS degree
programs in the areas of Human Development and Family Sciences, Hospitality
and Tourism Management, and Fashion Merchandising. The programs are based on an interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon the behavioral sciences,
natural sciences, and the humanities. Students learn theories and their
application to professions in nonprofit organizations, private practice,
government, education, and business.

Undergraduate Program in Family and Child Sciences (B.S.)

Students in the Human Development and Family Sciences (B.S.) program are
prepared for a variety of family and child serving careers and/or future graduate
study. Students may choose from three emphases including Family and
Individual Development, Family Social Services or Child Development and
may complete NCFR approved coursework needed for becoming a Certified
Family Life Educator (CFLE). Each emphasis provides students with real
world experience through both practicums, internships and undergraduate
research activities. Students enrolled in the Human Development and Family
Sciences program may participate in both the local student NCFR and NAEYC affiliates.

Graduate Program in Applied Family and Child Sciences (M.S.)

Master's graduates are prepared for advanced practice and professional leadership as well as pursuit of doctoral work. The M.S. in Applied Human Development and Family Sciences (AHDFS) provides professional career enhancement for programming and administration in family social services and child development settings in for-profit, community and governmental agencies as well as the foundation needed for graduate work at the doctoral level. Career settings include youth work, gerontology, child life programs in hospitals, infant and child care programs, family support services, family life, and parenting education programs. Students that enroll in AHDFS's COAMFTE accredited Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy are trained to become professional marriage and family therapists. Students that enroll in AHDFS's Specialization in Leadership in Aging Studies are trained for employment in applied settings including becoming licensed nursing home administrators. Many students in the AHDFS program receive financial support in the form of Graduate Assistantships.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Thomas W. Pavkov (Chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 36% Nutrition, Dietetics & Hospitality Administration
  • 21% Human Development
  • 20% Family Science
  • 20% Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising
  • 3% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
25,000
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

118 Wirtz Hall
Dekalb, IL 60115-2854
United States

Phone Number
815-753-1543
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Applied Family & Child Studies
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Family & Child Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Personal Development and the Family
  • Human Nutrition
  • Child Development
  • An Observational Approach to the Study of Young Children
  • Human Development, the Family, and Society
  • Introduction to Family Relationships
  • Principles of Guiding Young Children
  • Inclusive Program Planning for Infants, Toddlers and their Parents
  • Inclusive Program Planning for Children aged 3 to 8 and their Parents
  • Family Financial Planning
  • Group Processes and Personal and Family Functioning
  • Clinical Applications in Family Social Services
  • Asian American Families
  • Child Health and Nutrition
  • Internship: Family Services
  • Theories of Human Development
  • Administration and SUupervision of Programs for Young Children
  • Parent-Child Interaction from Birth to 8 Years
  • Parent Education
  • Infant Development in the Family
  • Managementof Human and Family Resources
  • Professional Practices in Family Social Services
  • Family Theories
  • aging and the Family
  • Working with Ethnically Diverse Children and Families
  • Social Policies, Children and Families
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Practicum: Child Development.
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
CFLE
Undergrad Comments

B.S. in Family and Child Studies provides 3 emphases: Family and Individual Develoment, which provides career enhancemenet for students with prior relevant work expeerience; Family Social Services, intended for students seeking entry-level employment in family service, family life education, mental health, or community welfare agencies serving older children, adolescents, adults, couples, and/or the elderly; Child Development, which provides preparation for professionals serving infants, toddlers, young children and their parents in child-life, early intervention, and early childhood programs. Also offered jointing with College of Education is the B.S. in Early Childhood Studies, which provides 0-4 teacher certification (birth-8 years).

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Thomas W.. Pavkov
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Theories of Child Development
  • Administration and Supervision of Programs for Young Children
  • Parent-Child Interaction from Birth to 8 Years
  • Parent Education
  • Infant Development in the Family
  • Management of Human and Family Resources
  • Family Theories
  • Aging and the Family
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • The Family and Divorce
  • Working with Ethnically Diverse Children and Families
  • Seminar in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Research Methods
  • Internship in Community Programs: (1) Child Development (2) Family Services (3) Marriage and Family Therapy (4) Parent Education. Behavioral Assessment of the Infant and Young Child
  • The Child in the Family
  • Practicum, Family Therapy
  • the Family with Adolescents
  • Readings in Family and Child Studies
  • Assessment in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Profesional Issues in Family Therapy
  • Addiction and Substance Abuse in Family Therapy
  • Mrriage and Family Therapy Strategies: (1) Treatment of Children and Adolescents (2) Treatment of Couples
  • Approaches to Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Thesis
  • Teaching College-Level Family and Consumer Sciences.
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Applied Family & Child Studies
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The M.S. in Applied Family and Child Studies provides professional career enhancement for advanced graduate work and research, secondarly and college teaching, and programming and administration in family social services and child development settings in community and government agencies, including youth work, gerontological programming, child life programs in hospitals, infant and child care programs, family support services, and family life and parenting education. The program also offers the option of the Specialization in marriage and Family Therapy, COAMFTE accredited, which emphasizes the practical application of systemic family therapy principles to the diagnosis and treatment of problems in human relationships.

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
6/1/2006
CFLE Contact
Jane Rose Njue, Ph.D., CFLE
CFLE Contact Email