Purdue University

Department of Human Development & Family Studies
CFLE Approved
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Purdue University's Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is widely regarded as a leader in the study of children and families. The department contributes to the well being of individuals and families across the life course by generating knowledge; preparing graduates for research, teaching, leadership, and professional practice; and by strengthening the interconnections of research, practice, and policy. The Department offers academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Faculty conduct important research on a range of critical issues facing individuals and families in today's society. Through innovative outreach efforts, the department extends knowledge to policymakers, employers, professionals, and citizens in Indiana and beyond.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Doran French (head)
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Child/Human Development
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

1202 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2055
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Early Childhood Education & Exceptional Needs
  • Developmental and Family Science
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Human Services
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Family Processes
  • Human Development
  • Child Development
  • Language, Literacy and Social Studies in Preschool and Primary Grades
  • Mathematics in Preschool and Primary Grades
  • Science in Preschool and Primary Grades
  • Music and Movement in Preschool and Primary Grades
  • Curriculum Applications of Atypical Development
  • Adult Development
  • Health Care for Children and Families
  • Adolescent Development
  • Infant and Toddler Development
  • Stress Points in Contemporary Families
  • Sexuality and Family Life
  • Research Design and Program Evaluation
  • Working with Parents
  • Family Life Education
  • Family Assessment
  • Skills for Helping Professionals
  • Assessment and Case Management
  • Administration of Non-Profit Organizations
  • Internships in Early Childhood Education
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Families and Health
  • Honors Independent Study
  • Diversity in Family Life
  • Guidance in Early Childhood
  • Mentored Research
  • Developmental Assessmet
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Drs. Germán Posada and Melissa Franks
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Child Development
  • Parenting Interventions
  • Interventions in Early Childhood Contexts
  • Health Interventions
  • Biosocial Processes
  • Attachment Relationships
  • Family Processes
  • Family and the Life Course
  • Families in Social Context
  • Family Gerontology
  • Parenting Interventions
  • Counseling Skills
  • Research Methods
Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Human Development and Family Studies
Doctoral Comments

The doctoral program emphasizes integration and critical evaluation of research relevant to the development of individuals and families as well as interventions aimed at supporting the well-being of individuals and families. Specifically, students demonstrate that they (a) understand and can apply theories of individual and family development, (b) are sophisticated in the use of multiple research strategies to answers specific research questions, and (c) use theory and research to plan and evaluate interventions (policies and programs) designed to enhance individual and family well-being.

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
Doran French
CFLE Contact Email