University of Central Missouri

Education Leadership and Human Development
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The Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) graduate program issues one Master of Science degree with two connected and distinct specialization areas: 1) Human Development and Family Science, consisting of 30 credit hours, and 2) Human Development and Family Science with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), consisting of 54 credit hours. These two emphasis areas share foundational courses and the Marriage and Family Therapy students will also complete clinical training.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Jaimee L. Hartenstein
Department Emphasis
  • 35% Child/Human Development
  • 35% Family Studies
  • 10% Advocacy
  • 10% Child Life
  • 10% Pre-Marriage and Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
Department Address

Lovinger 4101
Educational Leadership and Human Development
Warrensburg, MO 64093
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Education Leadership and Human Development
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Family Theory
  • Human Development Theory
  • Ethics and Professional Studies in Family Science
  • Professional Assessment
  • Diversity and Family Interventions
  • Research Methods in Human Development
  • Family Therapy
  • Advanced Family Therapy
  • Intimacy and Sex Therapy
  • Systematic Treatment of Domestic Violence and Substance Use
  • Clinical Therapy and Practice
  • Practicum
  • Thesis
Undergrad Comments

The degree in Child and Family Development enable students to work with children and families in various settings. Due to the changes and diversities among modern families, there is an increasing demand for Child and Family Development Professionals. Opportunities at the state/federal level are anticipated due to the massive retirement of the baby boomer generation. In addition, many Child and Family Development graduates apply and are accepted to graduate schools in related field such as Marriage and Family Therapy, School Counseling, Family Law, Special Education, Elementary/Early Childhood Education, Counseling, and Human Development and Family Sciences.

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.

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CFLE Contact
Jaimee L. Hartenstein, Ph.D., CFLE
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