Southeast Missouri State University

Department of Human Environmental Studies
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Department of Human Environmental Studies houses the Family Studies Program. It is one of six options in the Department. Family Studies has five faculty that are teaching at both the main campus and the regional campuses in southeast Missouri. The family Studies Program operates three Centers that are used for practicum and internship rotations for the majors and minors in Family Studies. The Centers are University School for Young Children, the Horizon Enrichment Center for Developmentally Disabled Young Adults and the Hoover Center Adult Day Program. In addition, Family Studies staff conduct grant programs and research that yearly total 1.1 million dollars.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Shelba Branscum
Department Emphasis
  • 60% Family Studies
  • 40% Human Development
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

One University Plaza
MS 5750
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family)
  • Family Science/Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Relationships in the 21st Century
  • Introduction to Gerontology
  • Gerontology Practicum
  • Introduction to Family Processes and Systems
  • Young and Middle Adulthoood
  • Family Law, Policy Advocacy
  • Family Life Education
  • Stress, Violence, Trauma
  • Families Relationships of Commitment
  • Working with Special Populations and Diversity
  • Parent-Child Interactions
  • Family and Community Resources
  • Family Assessment
  • Family Services Internship
  • Family Resource Management
  • Female Experience
  • Men and Male Development
  • Social Perspectives of Human Sexuality
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

Family Studies includes a strong research and theory base which is essential to understanding the meaning of change, values and diversity. Emphasis has been placed upon the development of interpersonal skills and professional practice. This program offers real world experiences through placement in agencies and programs serving a wide variety of populations. The purpose of the program is to prepare students to step into a wide variety of family and social service positions which focus on families or impact families at all stages of the life continuum.In addition to the required 50 hours in the major a minor is required which can range from 15 to 21 hours.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Shelba Branscum
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Environmental Design in Human Services
  • Family Systems Application in Human Services
  • Sustainable Environments in Human Environmental Services
  • Evaluating Research in Human Services
  • Introduction to behavioral Statistics
  • Qualitative Research Design
  • Quantitative Research Design
  • Advanced Professional Practicum
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Child Development
  • Family Studies
Masters Comments

The graduate program is designed to be a flexible program that will allow students to customize their course selections to meet the needs of a very diverse field. A foundation of required courses will assure each student of being prepared to conduct sound and meaningful research. A large number of graduate assistantships are available in the department.The program is geared to meet the needs of both tradional and non-traditional students. Night classes, web classes and distance learning opportunities are available.

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
Tony Faber, PhD, CFLE
CFLE Contact Email