Texas State University–San Marcos

Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
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The School of Family and Consumer Sciences is in the College of Applied Arts and offers the B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences. Family and Child Development is a program option for majors in FCS. The School also offers a M.S. in Family and Child Studies. The M.S. degree in Family and Child Studies is an applied program that provides graduate level study dealing with the needs of families and children. The Family and Child Studies program offers both a Family and Child Studies track and a Child Life Specialist track. Both undergraduate and graduate students also have the opportunity to participate in many ways at the Texas State Child Development Center, which is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Rodney Runyan
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Child/Human Development
  • 50% Family Studies
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

601 University Drive
School of Family and Consumer Sciences
San Marcos, TX 78666
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergraduate Director
Dr. Elizabeth Blunk
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family & Child Development
  • Family & Child Development with Teacher Certification
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Lifespan Development
  • Child Development
  • Principles of Guidance
  • Infant & Toddlers
  • Family Diversity
  • Family Life Education
  • Family Relationships
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Intervention
  • Adolescent Development
  • Internship in Family & Child Development
  • Sexuality Across the Lifespan
  • Research Procedures in Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Family Policy
  • Cultural Diversity of Families
  • Administration of Programs for Children & Families I & II
  • Family Interaction
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Elizabeth Morgan Russell
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Introduction to the Graduate Program in FCS
  • Advanced Child Development
  • Advanced Theory in Family & Child Studies
  • Research Design & Methods in Family & Child Studies
  • Seminar: Issues in Family & Child Studies
  • Advanced Independent Study
  • Advanced Program Administration (FCS track)
  • Program Evaluation in Family & Child Studies (FCS track)
  • Practicum in Family Studies I & II (FCS track)
  • Hospitalized Child: Child Life Specialist (Child Life track)
  • Advanced Methods in Child Life (Child Life track)
  • Child Life Internship (Child Life track)
  • Thesis
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Child Life
  • Family & Child Studies
Masters Comments

The Master of Science degree in Family and Child Studies (FCS) is an applied program that provides graduate level study dealing with the needs of families and children. If you choose to pursue a graduate degree in Family and Child Studies, you are able to develop a plan of study that best fits your personal and professional goals. For example, you can choose the Family and Child Studies or the Child Life track. You can also choose the thesis or non-thesis option. In addition, classes are offered in the evenings or via the internet to accommodate your schedule.

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
11/1/1999. CFLE approval discontinued as of 11/17
CFLE Contact
Elizabeth Morgan Russell, Ph.D.
CFLE Contact Email