University of New Mexico

Department of Individual, Family & Community Education
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

Our mission is to foster an interdisciplinary scholarly environment that enables early childhood professionals, family service providers, and researchers in the field of family and child study to: cultivate and disseminate systematic information and grounded knowledge about the diverse nature of families in contemporary societies; and understand and critically respond to the dynamic complexities of human development across the lifespan foster leadership in addressing the multiple facets of early childhood development.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Ziarat Hossain
Department Emphasis
  • 25% Child/Human Development
  • 25% Family Life Education
  • 25% Family Resource Management
  • 25% Family Studies
Campus Enrollment
26,000
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

1 University of New Mexico
Simpson Hall
Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

Phone Number
505-277-4535
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • B.S. in Family and Child Studies
  • Human Development and Family Relations
  • Early Childhood Education & Development
  • Early Childhood Multicultural Education Licensure, Pre-K to Grade 3
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Child Growth, Development and Learning
  • Carpe Noctem: Sleep, Health & the Family
  • Health, Safety, & Nutrition
  • Children's Motivational Development
  • Introduction to Family and Child Studies
  • Family and Community Collaboration
  • Guiding Young Children
  • Curriculum Development through Play
  • Curriculum Development through Play Practicum
  • Introduction to Language, Literacy, & Reading
  • Infant Growth and Development
  • Marriage and Family Relationships
  • Curriculum Development & Implementation Age 3 to Gr. 3
  • Curriculum Development & Implementation Practicum
  • Assessment of Children & Evaluation of Programs
  • Professionalism
  • Emergent Literacy
  • Growth and Development in Middle Childhood
  • Research and Evaluation in Family and Child Studiea
  • Friends and Intimate Relationships
  • Family, Language and Culture
  • Parent-Child Interactions
  • Family Theories and Contemporary Lifestyles
  • Adolescent Development in the Family
  • Early Childhood Pedagogy & Curriculum
  • Assessment of Children & Evaluation of Programs –II
  • Young Children with Diverse Abilities
  • Ecological Aspects of Housing
  • Family Management Theories
  • Consumer Decisions
  • Field Experience I
  • Research in Child Growth, Development and Learning
  • Teaching and Learning Reading and Writing
  • Growth and Development of the Pre-School Child
  • Advanced Caregiving for Infants and Toddlers
  • Teaching and Learning Math and Science
  • Pre-School Child Lab
  • Teaching and Learning Social Studies, Fine Arts & Movement
  • Marriage and Family Life Education
  • Fathering
  • Adult Development in the Family
  • Teaching and Learning Practicum
  • Student Teaching Seminar
  • Student Teaching
  • Application of Family Management Theories
  • Families, Children and Public Policies
  • The Sociocultural Context of Children and Families
  • Reading & Research in Honors I
  • Reading & Research in Honors II
  • Honors Thesis
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
CFLE
Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Family Studies Professional Seminar
  • Seminar in Human Growth and Development
  • Family Interaction Theories
  • Managing Family Resources
  • Research Methods in Family Studies
  • Application of Family Research
  • Seminar: Legal, Ethical and Policy Issues in Family Studies
  • Multicultural Issues: Working with Families
  • Introductory Educational Statistics
  • Parent Education
  • Family Systems
  • Family Counseling
  • Working with Children and Families
  • Fatherhood
  • Infancy and Early Childhood
  • Middle Childhood and Adolesence
  • Adulthood and Aging
  • Seminar: Current Issues in Family Studies
  • Advanced Seminar in Theory and Research in Family Studies 1 & 2
  • Thesis
  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Field Experience
  • Internship
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
CFLE
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • M.A. in Family and Child Studies
  • Family Life Education
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Human Development and Family Relations
Masters Comments

The Family and Child Studies program has focused on learning, relationships and roles across developmental stages-between conception and death. The program addresses critical issues within the contexts of homes, families, schools, and communities. Programs prepare students to influence the optimal well-being of families and individuals, recognizing that characteristics and needs of families change across the life span and within the contexts of multiple environments. The Master's program in Family Studies specifically offers the 3 following concentrations: Family Life Education, Human Development in Families, and Family Relations.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Ph.D. in Family and Child Studies
Doctoral Comments

The Family and Child Studies program has focused on learning, relationships and roles across the developmental stages-from conception to death. Family and Child Studies addresses critical issues within the contexts of homes, families, and communities. The conceptual framework for the Ph.D. in Family and Child Studies is based on the link between the principles of ecology and systems theory with the study of families. Programs prepare students to affect the optimal well-being of families and individuals, recognizing that characteristics and needs of families change across the life span and within the contexts of multiple environments.

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
3/1/2002
CFLE Contact
Ziarat Hossain, Ph.D.
CFLE Contact Email