University of Alabama

Department of Human Development & Family Studies
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The Department of Human Development and Family Studies offers two majors. One in Early Childhood Education and one in Human Development and Family Studies. The major in Human Development and Family Studies has concentrations in Child Life, Family Studies, and Adolescence and Youth. The Department also offers a minor in Addictions in Families. The concentration in family studies provides an understanding of the development of the family system and the dynamics of family relationships. It leads to certification as a Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations. This concentration prepares students to work in a variety of educational and enrichment programs such as parenting programs, family service agencies, industry, schools, social-service, churches, home economics, and 4-H extension. This concentration is also well suited for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in marriage and family therapy as well as other areas in family studies.

The Department offers a master's degree in human development and family studies with concentrations in Human Development and Family Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Parent and Family Life Education. The Parent and Family Life Education program leads to certification as a Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations. The Department also collaborates with the Department of Psychology to offer doctoral study in Developmental Science.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Carroll Tingle
Department Emphasis
  • 33% Family Science
  • 34% Human Development
  • 33% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
31,000
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

Room 214, Child Development Research Center
Box 870160
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0160
United States

Phone Number
205-348-6158
Undergraduate Program
Undergraduate Director
Dr. Mary Elizabeth Curtner-Smith
Undergrad Program Options
  • Adolescence & Family Studies (Dual Concentration)
  • Adolescence & Youth
  • Child Life
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Family Studies
  • Human Development & Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Lifespan Development
  • Child Development: Infancy & Toddlerhood
  • Child Development: Preschool
  • Marriage & the Family
  • Child Development: Adolescence
  • Conceptual & Creative Experiences for Young Children I & II
  • Parent & Family Development
  • Cultural Influences on Children, Youth, & Families
  • Adult Development
  • Administering Children's Centers & Programs
  • Human Development & Family Studies Internship
  • Hospitalized Children & Youth
  • Loss & Bereavement
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Human Sexuality
  • Program Evaluation
  • Children of Divorce
  • Methods of Family Life Education
  • Senior Seminar
  • Directed Individual Study in Human Development
  • Directed Individual Study in Family Studies
  • Directed Research
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
CFLE
Undergrad Comments

The concentration in family studies provides an understanding of the development of the family system and the dynamics of family relationships. It leads to certification as a Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations. This concentration prepares students to work in a variety of educational and enrichment programs such as parenting programs, family service agencies, industry, schools, social-service, churches, home economics, and 4-H extension. This concentration is also well suited for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in marriage and family therapy as well as other areas in family studies.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Mary Elizabeth Curtner-Smith
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Child Development
  • Adult Development
  • Infant/Toddler Curriculum and Program Design
  • Cultural Influences on Children and Families
  • Parent/Child Relationships
  • Theories in Family Studies
  • Dynamics of Family Relations
  • Family Assessment
  • Seminar in Human Sexuality
  • Special Problems in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Children of Divorce
  • Seminar in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Thesis Research
  • Advanced Infant Development
  • Advanced Adult Development
  • Observational Methods in Developmental Research
  • Readings in Human Development
  • Theoretical Issues in Family Studies
  • Family Crises
  • Practicum in Human Development
  • Nondissertation Research
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
CFLE
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Parent and Family Life Education
Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Developmental Science
Doctoral Comments

The Ph.D. concentration in developmental science is offered in collaboration with the Department of Psychology.

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
January 2006 (UG) & April 2010 (Grad)
CFLE Contact
Mary Elizabeth Curtner-Smith, Ph.D., CFLE
CFLE Contact Email