University of Kentucky

Department of Family Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

Ours is a student-centered department offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in family science. Our graduate program offers emphasis areas in aging, adolescent development, couples and family therapy (master's level only), family finance and economics, and family processes (see http://fam.uky.edu/emphasis for more infomration). Our therapy program is fully accredited, and the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential is available for graduates of our bachelor's and master's programs. Within the department we have the Adolescent Development Lab and the Family Interaction Lab, we operate the Family Center with clinical and educational programming, and the departmemnt is affiliated with the college-wide Research Center for Families and Children.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Ronald Jay Werner-Wilson (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 70% Family Sciences
  • 15% Child/Human Development
  • 15% Couplse & Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
29,400
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Doctoral
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

315 Funkhouser Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0054
United States

Phone Number
859-257-7750
Undergraduate Program
Undergraduate Director
Dr. Diana Haleman
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Sciences
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Consumer Issues
  • Personal and Family Finance
  • Introduction to Family Science
  • Human Sexuality: Development, Behavior and Attitudes
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Contemporary Adolescence
  • Introduction to Family Intervention: Working with Families and Individuals
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Family Economics and Management Issues
  • Family Life Education
  • Special Topics in Family Science
  • Field Experiences in Family Resource Management
  • Independent Work in Family Science
  • Internship in Family Life Education
  • Families and Children Under Stress
  • The U.S. Family in Historical Perspective
  • Cultural Diversity in American Children and Families
  • Parent-Child Relationships Across the Lifecycle
  • Families, Legislation, and Public Policy
  • Aging and Environment
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
CFLECOAMFTE
Undergrad Comments

Family sciences emphasizes the integration of individual development, family development, and family economics and management. Students may choose a program from among courses that focus on developmental theory, lifespan human development, family system dynamics, family intervention, family economics and management, consumer economics, and management of resources. The program prepares professionals for positions of leadership in various settings including public and private service agencies and businesses. For more infomration about our undergraduate program, see http://fam.uky.edu/bs

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Hyungsoo Kim
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Families and Children Under Stress
  • The U.S. Family in Historical Perspective
  • Cultural Diversity in American Children and Families
  • Families, Legislation, and Public Policy
  • Aging and Environment
  • Family Processes
  • Theory and Research in Family Economics and Management
  • Perspectives on Human Sexuality
  • Readings in Family Theory and Research
  • The Life Course Perspective on Families
  • Theory and Dynamics of Human Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Aging Issues and Family Relations
  • Allocation of Family Resources
  • Family Life Education
  • Professional Issues in Marriage and Family Intervention
  • Theory and Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Treatment Modalities in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Families in Crisis: Intervention Strategies
  • Research Methods in Family Sciences
  • Field Experiences in Family Sciences
  • Seminar in Family Theory Construction
  • Special Advanced Topics in Family Sciences
  • Primary Prevention in Family Sciences
  • Professional Development Seminar
  • Proseminar in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Applied Statistics in Family Sciences
  • Teaching Practicum in Family Sciences
  • Advanced Problems in Family Sciences
  • Research Practicum in Family Sciences
  • Supervised Experience in the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Advanced Research Methods in Family Sciences
  • Sponsored Research Development in Family Science and Human Development
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
CFLE
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Adolescent Development
  • Aging
  • Couples & Family Therapy
  • Family Finances & economics
  • Family Processes
Masters Comments

Family sciences uses an integrative approach to learning about improving individual, family, and community well-being. This is accomplished through the generation and application of knowledge about human development, family systems, and family economics and financial well-being. Students' programs prepare them for immediate employment in their chosen area or to provide an foundation for doctoral study. Courses focus on developmental theory, lifespan human development, family system dynamics, family life education, family economics and financial management, consumer economics, and management of resources. The program prepares professionals for positions of leadership in public and private educational and human service agencies. For more infomration about our master's program, see http://fam.uky.edu/ms

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Adolescent Development
  • Aging
  • Family Finances & Economics
  • Family Processes
Doctoral Comments

The doctoral program in family sciences is a research-based curriculum that focuses on promoting the well-being of families and children. Individuals completing the Ph.D. in family sciences will possess a strong, theory based understanding of factors that support enhanced family functioning. Students also will have highly developed expertise in research methodology and statistics appropriate for their specific area of research interest. Graduates of the program will be qualified for faculty positions at colleges and universities; program evaluation positions in public and private settings focusing on the family; and administrative positions in public and private social service prevention and intervention settings. For more infomration about our master's program, see http://fam.uky.edu/phd

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
March 2001 (grad) June 2000 (undergrad)
CFLE Contact
Jason Hans, Ph.D., CFLE
CFLE Contact Email