State University of New York–Oneonta

Department of Human Ecology
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

Human Ecology department has 15 full-time faculty and approximately 600 undergraduate students. The mission of the Human Ecology Department describes the interdisciplinary programs concerned with family well-being, human development and welfare, the human environment, and their interrelationships. The department takes an ecological perspective focusing on relationships between people and their environments, the development of human potential, and the formation of social goals. Graduates of the Department's academic programs are prepared for careers in the apparel and textiles, child and family studies, dietetics and nutrition, food service and restaurant administration, and positions that utilize the knowledge and skills of a the Human Ecology discipline, including Family Consumer Science Education.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Theresa Russo
Department Emphasis
  • 20% Apparel & Textiles
  • 20% Dietetics
  • 15% Food Service
  • 15% Human Ecology
  • 20% Human Development & Family Science
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

118 Human Ecology Department
Oneonta, NY 13820
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergraduate Director
Dr. Jennifer Bueche
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child & Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Children and Families
  • Family Perspectives
  • Parent Education
  • Issues in Family Life Education
  • Development through Play
  • Marriage and Family Relationships
  • Group Dynamics
  • Addictions
  • Children in Crisis
  • Human Sexuality
  • Research Methods in Child and Family Studies
  • Family Policy
  • Professional Practice in Child and Family Studies
  • Internship in Child and Family Studies
  • Family, Home and Community
  • Infant and Toddler Education
  • Working with At-risk Youth
  • Families and Adolescents
  • Adult Family Members in Transition
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

Child and Family Studies program has a life-span human development emphasis. Provisional certification as a Family Life Educator is available for students. Program emphasis is on studying and understanding family dynamics and relationships from a ecological perspective. The curriculum is flexible enough to allow students to design their program of study around their areas of interest. We also incorporate service learning and practical experiences so that students leave the program with some concrete skills applicable to employment opportunities. All students are required to do a minimum of a 120 hour internship.

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
Theresa Russo, Ph.D., CFLE
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