University of Central Missouri

Child and Family Development
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The mission of Central’s Child and Family Development program is to prepare highly qualified graduates to work effectively with individuals and families in our diverse and multi-faceted society, which in turn, improves the quality of life for individuals and families. This mission will be accomplished through comprehensive curriculum rooted in sound theoretical framework and contemporary research, hands-on professional learning experiences with children and families in varied settings, strong support and valuable guidance, and leadership opportunities.

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

School of Human Services
Wood 005
Warrensburg, MO 64093
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Education Leadership and Human Development
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Individual and Family Relationships
  • Multicultural Study and Approaches with Family
  • Family Systems and Life Span Development
  • Transition to Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Death, Loss, and Grief
  • Addiction and the Family
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Adulthood
  • Sexuality Across the Lifespan
  • Family Resource Management
  • Parent-Child Interaction
  • Family Policy and Advocacy
  • Health and Human Services
  • Field Experience in CFD
  • Internship
  • Senior Seminar
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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