Saint Cloud State University

Department of Child & Family Studies
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The programs in Child and Family Studies are designed to prepare individuals for professional roles working with young children, parents, and families in a variety of settings. CFS students may obtain licensure in Early Childhood Education -Birth-Grade 3 at the undergraduate level, Early Childhood Special Education, and Parent Education at the graduate level. The department believes that children should be studied within the context of their family and community. The department combines the study of early childhood and early childhood special education, parent education and family studies in an integrated manner. This allows networking of professionals in different practice areas and a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding children and families. This integration of students from different areas is unique and is a widely recognized strength of the department.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Ming Chi E. Own (Chair) and Dr. JoAnn Johnson (Graduate Program Coordinator)
Department Emphasis
  • 40% Early Childhood Education
  • 10% Family Studies
  • 10% Child/Human Development
  • 20% Parent Education
  • 20% Early Childhood Special Education
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

720 Fourth Avenue South
Education Building B-109
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade Three Teaching License)
  • Child and Family Studies (Minor)
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Education
  • Introduction to Parents and Children
  • Children in a Changing World
  • Introduction to Early Education
  • Authentic Assessment for Infants and Young Children
  • Guidance of Young Children
  • Development of Young Children
  • Family Studies: Parent Involvement
  • Methods in Early Education
  • Children's Literature in Pre-K-Grade Classroom
  • Development of Infants and Toddler
  • Methods: Young Children with Disabilities
  • Methods and Strategies for Infants and Toddlers
  • Workshop: Birth Order in the Family
  • Selected Topics in Child and Family Studies
  • Early Literacy in Inclusionary Settings
  • Foundations of Parent/Family Education
  • Early Education Student Teaching
Undergrad Comments

The CFS department offers a major for students who intend to teach young children from Birth through Grade three or to work with young children and their families in Family Education and Support programs. The CFS department also offers a 23 credit minor without a teaching license for students majoring in Education, Social Work, Psychology, Community Psychology and other related fields.

Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Issues and Topics in Early Childhood and Family Studies
  • Research Methods: Child/Family
  • Methods of Parent and Family Education
  • Development of Young Children
  • Home Visiting
  • Development of Infants and Toddlers
  • Analysis of Families with Children with Disabilities
  • Methods: Young Children with Disabilities
  • Parenthood and Adult Development
  • Fathers in Parent Education
  • Methods: Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
  • Working with Parents in Groups
  • Advanced Group Skills in Parent Education
  • Early Literacy in Inclusionary Settings
  • Foundations of Parent and Family Education
  • Developmental Screening and Assessment
  • Parent Education Methods Practicum
  • Parent Education Student Teaching
  • ECSE Infant and Toddler Student Teaching
  • ECSE Preschool Student Teaching
  • Masters Thesis
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Family Studies
  • Parent Education (Graduate Licensure)
  • Early Childhood Special Education (Graduate Licensure)
Masters Comments

Saint Cloud State offers graduate programs leading to teacher licensure in Parent Education and Early Childhood Special Education. Students also can choose from two different Masters tracks to study children and families in greater depth.  You will enjoy the attention of dedicated teachers who bring experience as practitioners as well as current research and best practices in Early Education and Parent and Family Education.

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.