University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Department of Child, Youth & Family Studies
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Child, Youth and Family Studies is where talent goes. The Department has excellent students who come to the Department looking for a place to learn more about children, youth and families and go on to find careers in early childhood education, child care, family service, family financial management and planning, teaching, and marriage and family therapy. The Department offers the advantages of a personally satisfying environment with excellent facilities and high quality faculty and staff. The Department was one of the first in the nation to offer masters degrees through distance technology in addition to outstanding programs on our beautiful campus. In addition to offering programs leading to bachelor's and master's degrees, the Department has Extension Specialists who serve Nebraska in the areas of early childhood education and adolescence.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Richard Bischoff
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Early Childhood Education/Child Development
  • 50% Family Science
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Doctoral
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

135 Mabel Lee Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0236
United States

Phone Number
402-472-2957
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child Development/Early Childhood Education
  • Child, Youth & Family Studies/Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Education
  • Family Science
  • Inclusive Early Childhood Education: Birth to Grade 3
  • Early Care & Education: Birth through Kindergarten
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Life Skills
  • Human Development and the Family
  • Introduction to Family Finance
  • Development of the Preschool Child
  • Development of the Preschool Child Laboratory
  • Infancy
  • Infancy Laboratory
  • Family Science
  • Advanced Family Finance
  • Families in the Economy
  • Middle Childhood and Adolescence
  • Curriculum Planning in Early Childhood Education
  • Curriculum Planning in Early Childhood Education Laboratory
  • Working with Families in Communities and Schools
  • Parenting
  • Independent Study in Child, Youth and Family Studies
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education Practicum I
  • Professional Practicum Experiences II
  • Supervisory Leadership
  • Student Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Educational Programming
  • Addictions and Families
  • Dating & Couple Relationships
  • Human Sexuality and Society
  • Assessment in Early Childhood
  • Administration of Early Childhood Programs
  • Child and Family Policy
  • Workshop Seminar in Early Childhood
  • Special Topics in Contemporary Family Issues
  • Special Topics in Family and Cultural Diversity
  • Advanced Independent Study in Child, Youth and Family Studies
  • Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education
  • Community Internships in Child, Youth and Family Studies
  • Research Experiences in Child, Youth and Family Studies
  • Methods of Working with Infants in Program & Communitites
  • Literacy Methods for Young Children
  • World of Wonder: Math, Science & Nature Education Integrated Methods - Ages 3 to 5
  • Applied Social Development & Methods of Guidance
  • Applied Social Development & Methods of Guidance LAB
  • Sudent Teaching Seminar in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Teaching in the New Kindergarten
  • Human Dimensions of Sustainability
  • GLBT Youth
  • Learning & Teaching Principles & Practices in FCS
  • Curriculum Principles & Practices in FCS
  • Stress Coping & Recovering
  • Special Topics in Early Childhood
  • Seminar in Early Childhood
  • Student Teaching in Infancy
  • Student Teaching in Kindergarten
  • Student Teaching in Preschool
Undergrad Comments

Child, Youth and Family Studies offers an undergraduate option. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in family systems theory and research and suggests ways in which this knowledge can be applied to facilitate the psychosocial, physcial, and economic dimensions important to professionals working with children and families. Students are prepared in the areas of child development/early childhood education; family and consumer sciences education; family science; child, youth and family studies and journalism and mass communication; early care & education: birth through kindergarten; and inclusive early childhood education. All students are involved in practicum experiences related to their chosen career path.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Lance Pérez (Dean)
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education Practicum I & II
  • Supervisory Leadership
  • Perspectives on Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Student Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Internship: Selected Experiences
  • Evaluation in Career and Technical Education
  • Advanced Instructional Theory in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Educational Programming
  • Critical Issues for the Beginning Teacher
  • Family Economics
  • Insurance Planning for Families
  • Financial Counseling
  • Estate Planning for Families
  • Fundamentals of Financial Planning
  • Retirement Planning, Employee Benefits and the Family
  • Practicum in Infant Development
  • Professional Practices in Financial Planning
  • Financial Planning Case Studies
  • Personal Income Taxation
  • Housing/Real Estate
  • Research in Leadership Education
  • Addictions and Families
  • Employee Assistant Program Seminar
  • Foundations of Youth Development
  • Adulthood and Aging
  • Youth Professionals as Consumers of Research
  • Community Youth Development
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Implementing Research and Scholarly Practice
  • Adolescents and Their Families
  • Administration and Program Management
  • Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation in Family and Human Services
  • Human Sexuality and Society
  • Youth Development
  • Program Design, Evaluation and Implementation
  • Assessment in Early Childhood
  • Youth in Cultural Contexts
  • Cognitive Processes in Children
  • Family Proffesionals as Consumers of Research
  • Seminar in Child Development
  • Collaborative Healthcare
  • Administration of Early Childhood Program
  • Youth Policy
  • Contemporary Youth Issues
  • Family Systems
  • Parent Education
  • Child and Family Policy
  • Workshop Seminar
  • Special Topics in Human Sciences
  • Special Topics in Education
  • Special Topics in Contemporary Family Issues
  • Special Topics in Family and Cultural Diversity
  • Advanced Independent Study in Child, Youth and Family Studies
  • Supervised Educational Experiences in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Practicum in Family Financial Planning
  • Community Internships in Child, Youth and Family Studies
  • Research Experience in Child, Youth and Family Studies
  • Masters Thesis
  • Consumer and Family Economics
  • Family Financial Management
  • Advanced Curriculum Theory in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences in Colleges
  • Teaching Practicum
  • Sociological/Anthropological Research Methods in Education
  • Family Law
  • Theoretical Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychopathology and Dysfunctional Interaction
  • Issues and Ethics for Family Professionals
  • Assessment in Family Therapy
  • Clinical Family Therapy I
  • Clinical Family Therapy II
  • Treatment of Human Sexual Dysfunction
  • Seminar in Parent/Child Relationships
  • Advanced Early Childhood Education
  • Seminar in Early Childhood
  • Theories of Human Development and Family Relations
  • Social Processes in Children
  • Infant in the Family
  • Comparative Family Systems
  • Readings in Family Life
  • Family Strengths
  • Innovative Approaches to Family Intervention
  • Seminar in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • GLBT Youth
  • Learning & Teaching Principles & Practices in FCS
  • Curriculum Principles & Practices in FCS
  • Stress Coping & Recovering
  • Special Topics in Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood Education Student Teaching
  • Student Teaching in Infancy
  • Student Teaching in Kindergarten
  • Occupational Programs in Family & Consumer Sciences
  • History & Philosophy of FCS & Career Education
  • Family Professionals as Consumers of Research
  • Professional Practicum Experiences
  • Philosophy of Child & Family Science
  • Social Development of Children
  • Education in Pluralistic Society
  • Exceptional Learner in a Secondary Education Classroom
  • Doctoral Seminar
  • Scholarly Practice and Discovery
  • Advanced Practicum in Family Therapy
  • Special Topics: Human Sciences
  • Doctoral Dissertation
  • Student Teaching in Preschool
  • Multicultural Education
  • Human Dimensions of Sustainability
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Family Dynamics
  • Marriage and Committed Relationships
  • Family Centered Practice Appriaches
  • Immigrated Migrant Families
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Child Development/Early Childhood Education
  • Family Financial Planning
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Youth Development
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Education
  • Human & Family Services Administration
  • Family and Community Services
  • International Family Studies
Masters Comments

The master of science degree in Child, Youth and Family Studies has a central focus on the family (Family and Community Services, HSFA, FCSed). Three areas of specialization are also available: family financial planning, marriage and family therapy, and youth development are interinstitutional programs via distance education. Program requirements for the master's degree are outlined in the student handbook, available on the department's website.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Family Sciences
  • Child Development/Early Childhood Education
  • Gerontology
Doctoral Comments

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Human Sciences with a Specialization in Child, Youth and Family Studies prepares scholars both in applied and basic aspects of Child, Youth and Family Studies. The focus is to prepare scholars for leadership roles in teaching, research and/or policy development and implementation.

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.