University of Central Oklahoma

Department of Human Environmental Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Family and Child Studies (M.S.) program is a life-span study of the family from birth to death. This degree program can lead to a certification in Family Life Education from the National Council on Family Relations. The Certified Child and Parenting Specialist credential is also available to those graduates who take the required examination and internships. The Family Life Education Program (B.S.) is the study of the development of children and their families from the prenatal stage throughout the lifespan. The program focuses on interpersonal relationships and developmental tasks of all family members. The program provides three options: Child Development, Marriage and Family, and Gerontology. The Child Development option provides students with a concentration of courses in child development and will strengthen career opportunities by providing students with competencies to work with children and their families. Studies focus specifically about children regarding research supporting the critical need to know how children learn and develop, and how to best meet these needs. Upon completion of the degree, students will be prepared to enter graduate programs with a concentration in Child Development and related areas. Students are prepared to apply for the following certifications: Certified Family Life Educator and Certified Child and Parenting Practitioner. The Marriage and Family option is designed for students who desire to work with families in family life education and/or in family and community service settings. The curriculum has a broad interdisciplinary component including course work in individual development; marital and family systems; professionalism and ethics; and research. Students completing this option are prepared to meet the requirements for Certified Family Life Education national certification and for graduate programs in marriage and family, and related fields. The Gerontology option will provide students with a concentration of courses related to the older adult. Because of the rapid pace at which our society is aging and the high percent of older adults, students will increase their career opportunities as they work with this age in the population. Completion of this option allows the graduate to enter graduate programs in Gerontology and satisfy requirements for the Certified Family Life Educator and other certifications available.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Kaye Sears
Department Emphasis
  • 34% Family Studies
  • 33% Child/Human Development
  • 33% Gerontology
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
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
Department Address

100 N. University Dr.
Box 118
Edmond, OK 73034
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child Development
  • Gerontology
  • Marriage & Family
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Child Development
  • Marriage
  • Sexuality Through the LifeSpan
  • Introduction to Family Life Education
  • Middle Childhood Development/Field Study
  • Adolescent Development/Field Study
  • Guidance of the Young Child
  • Infancy and Early Childhood Development/Field Study
  • Developmental Assessment and Evaluation
  • Administration of Professional Services/FLE
  • Current Issues In Family Diversity
  • Contemporary American Families
  • Family Law and Public Policy
  • Parent Education
  • Play, Curriculum, and Program Development in Early Childhood Education
  • Aging and Adult Development
  • Social Gerontology Today
  • Policies and Programs for Older Adults
  • Gerontology Field Study
  • Practicum
  • Case Management
  • Global Protocol and Diversity
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Kaye Sears
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Theories in Family and Child Studies
  • Family Dynamics & Sexuality
  • Ethics & Issues in Family & Child Studies
  • Life Span Development in Family/Child Studies
  • Leadership, Communication & Advocacy
  • Parent Education
  • Family Law and Public Policy
  • Linking Families and Communities
  • Internship
  • Thesis
  • Case Managemnet
  • Research
  • Consumer Management
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family & Child Studies
  • Family Life Educator
Masters Comments

The total number of credit hours required will vary to facilitate the certification, licensure or specialization area selected by the student. The Child Study Center provides the practical part of the specialization, with hands-on experience and opportunities for research. A two-semester (400 clock hour) Internship course is required during the last two semesters of the student's plan of study. Students with an undergraduate degree in another discipline will be required to take 15 hours of undergraduate courses as prerequisites.

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
August 2003 (all)
CFLE Contact
Kaye Sears, Ph.D., CFLE
CFLE Contact Email