University of Maine

Department of Human Development & Family Studies
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The program in Human Development and Family Studies offers students a variety of options in preparing for careers in applied settings, teaching and research. In the undergraduate program in Child Development and Family Relations, students have the option to concentrate on early childhood education. In the graduate program, students can expect seminars averaging 8-12 students and close contact with faculty.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Sandra L. Caron
Department Emphasis
  • 50& Family Science
  • 50% Child/Human Development
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

5749 Merrill Hall
Room 118
Orono, ME 04469
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Family Studies
  • Introduction to Child Development
  • Human Sexuality
  • Family Relations
  • Family Violence
  • Cognitive Development
  • Advanced Child Development
  • Adolescence
  • Aging
  • Research Methods
  • Special Topics
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The B.S. in Child Development and Family Relations offers the opportunity to specialize in different aspects of individual and family development to meet specific career interests, such as family planning, employment assistance, gerontology, intervention programs, education, social service and community programs. The Early Childhood Education concentration prepares students to be early childhood (ages 0 to 8) teachers and leads to recommendation for Maine K-3 teacher certification. The concentration is designed to provide students with instruction and experience in the best research-based practice and to work effectively with all children and families.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Sandra L. Caron
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Child Development
  • Family Relations
  • Adolescence
  • Human Sexuality
  • Family Counseling
  • Fundamentals of Human Development
  • Professional Practices in Human Development
  • Program Planning and Evaluation in Human Development
  • Legislation and Policy in Human Development
  • Research Methods
  • Grant Development in Human Development
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Human Development
Masters Comments

The graduate program in Human Development is designed to provide advanced training, with special emphasis on child development and family relations. This program is designed for those interested in working in the human development field in such leadership positions as center director, director of services, program coordinator, case manager or project manager. The Master of Science degree in Human Development requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.

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
CFLE Contact
Sandy Caron, Ph.D., CFLE
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