Portland State University

School of Social Work
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The mission of the child and family studies program is to prepare undergraduate students for careers and future graduate studies in the fields of education, social work, and social services. Embedded in this program is an emphasis on facilitating the development of citizens and reflective practitioners who are committed to contributing to a more just world. Child and family studies is committed to interdisciplinary approaches utilizing a variety of theoretical constructs and practical experiences designed to facilitate the development of graduates who will be able to: 1) Understand the development, roles, and interaction dynamics of children, youth, and families within their social systems; 2) Value the diversity of children, youth, and families and recognize the oppressive forces that can hinder their positive development; 3) Access, analyze, apply, and articulate knowledge to make professional decisions which improve the lives of children, youth and families; 4) Demonstrate professional standards of ethical conduct; and 5) Assume the role of change agents regarding issues, policies, and community needs that affect children, youth, and their families. 

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Ben Anderson-Nathe (Program DIrector)
Department Emphasis
  • 90% Family Studies
  • 10% Child/Human Development
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

1609 SW 12th
Portland, OR 97201
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child & Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Societal Influences on Professional Practice
  • Mental Health Issues: Influence on Families
  • Family Law and Policy
  • Family Health Issues
  • Conceptual Foundations for Children, Youth & Families
  • Working with Diverse Families
  • Community Resources for Children, Youth and Families
  • Sex and the Family
  • Professional Development in Child and Family Studies
  • Practicum
  • Advanced Practicum
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The child and family sudies major provides a broad range of coursework and practical experience that prepares students for a wide variety of careers working with children, youth and families. The program represents an integration of theory, research and practice related to children, youth and families. The unique program strengths include interdisciplinary courses, extensive and diverse practicum experiences, the creation of a professional portfolio and an emphasis on social justice. Students are admitted to the program, through an application process, three times a year. They must be of junior standing and officially admitted to PSU.Portland State University now offers a minor in CFS.

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.

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CFLE Contact
Dr. Ben Anderson-Nathe
CFLE Contact Email