University of Akron

Department of Child & Family Development
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The Child and Family Development Program offers undergraduate degrees in 2 areas of study, 3 interdisciplinary certificates, and 1 Masters degree options. Approximately 300 undergraduates and 10 Masters students are seeking degrees. Our students study with majors from a variety of disciplines and professions, including health related disciplines, human services, art, social work, education, business, and the social sciences. Students in child development and family development all undergo a 200 clock hour internship at professional sites throughout the northeast Ohio area, as well as hands-on experience as part of their course work at child development centers and community agencies.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Pamela Schulze (coordinator)
Department Emphasis
  • 75% Child Development
  • 25% Family Studies
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

400 College of Arts and Sciences
Akron, OH 4004
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergraduate Director
Dr. Pamela Schulze, [email protected]
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child Development
  • Family Development
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Courtship, Marriage, and the Family
  • Fatherhood: the Parenting Role
  • Child Development
  • Theory and Guidance of Play
  • Early Childhood Curriculum Methods
  • Legal Environment of Families
  • Consumer Education
  • Children as Consumers
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Family Life Management
  • Infant, Family, and Society
  • Family Relationships in Middle and Later Years
  • American Families in Poverty
  • Middle Childhood and Adolescence
  • Family Financial Management
  • Special Problems in Family Development
  • Special Problems in Child Development
  • Family Crisis
  • Human Sexuality
  • Culture, Ethnicity, and the Family
  • Before and After School Child Care
  • Child in the Hospital
  • Organization and Supervision of Child Care Centers
  • Parent Education
  • Internship: Child Development
  • Internship: Family Development
Undergrad Comments

Students typically use elective and language alternative credits to gather minors and certifications to increase the number of credentials at graduation. Typically undergraduates complete their degrees with their major, one minor, and 1-2 certificates of study.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Shannon Zentall, [email protected]
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Family Crisis
  • Human Sexuality
  • Before/After School Child Care
  • Organization and Supervision: Childcare Centers
  • Parent Education
  • Family in Lifespan Perspective
  • Family in the Middle and Later Years
  • Developmental Parent/Child Interaction
  • Family Dynamics
  • Child Development Theories
  • Research Methods
  • Thesis Reading
  • Master's Project
  • Masters Thesis
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Child & Family Development
Masters Comments

Graduate assistantships are competitive with stipend for Fall and Spring semesters and tuition waivers for two years including summer sessions. Interested students should apply for assistantship consideration at the time of application to the graduate school.

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.