University of Rhode Island

Department of Human Development & Family Science
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

Our mission is to achieve excellence and innovation in scholarship, teaching, and outreach in order to promote the optimal development, health, and well-being of children, adults, families, and communities.  Through its multidisciplinary community of students, mentors, and scholars, the program prepares students to understand development from birth through old age, with an emphasis on the economic, social, and political forces that shape family and individual development throughout the lifespan.  Our undergraduate and graduate programs create reflective practitioners ready to work with diverse families in early childhood education and intervention settings, parent support programs, couple and family therapy programs, social services, gerontology, and advocacy programs.  The undergraduate program of study leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.  The graduate program leads to a Masters of Science with a concentration in couple and family therapy, or a concentration in Developmental Science.  

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Karen McCurdy
Department Emphasis
  • 80% Human Development
  • 10% Family Science
  • 10% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

2 Lower College Rd.
Kingston, RI 02881
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child Settings
  • Family & Community Settings
  • Family Finance Settings
  • Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Personal and Career Development
  • Life Span Development I & II
  • Research in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Family Financial Issues Across the Life Span
  • Marriage and Family Relationships
  • Introduction to Work with Young Children
  • Infant Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development
  • Introduction to Gerontology
  • Family and Community Health
  • Advanced Seminar in Child Development
  • Family Interaction
  • Perspectives on Parenting
  • Children and Families in Poverty
  • Assessment in Early Childhood
  • Childrens Literature
  • Personal Finance
  • Death, Dying and Bereavement
  • Consumer Protection
  • Family and the Elderly
  • Family Life Education
  • Law and Families in the U.S.
  • Health and Wealth
  • Policy Issues in Health and Aging
Undergrad Comments

The undergraduate curriculum in Human Development and Family Science provides a general background for work with children, families, adolescents, and adults in a variety of human service and community settings. The program of study leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Jerome Adams, Couple and Family Therapy Concentration; Dr. Sue Adams, Developmental Science Concentration
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Human Sexuality and Counseling
  • Marital and Family Therapy I & II
  • Family Therapy Practicum
  • Family Therapy Practicum
  • Assessment in Family Therapy
  • Research in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Family Therapy Practicum
  • Theoretical and Clinical Problems
  • Ethical, Legal & Professional Issues in MFT
  • Masters Internship (off-site placement)
  • Diversity Issues in Applied Family Settings
  • Family Therapy Practicum
  • Professional Seminar
  • Advanced Family Studies
  • Research Methods in HDF
  • Family Policy and Program Evaluation
  • Group Procedures and Leadership
  • Organizational Development in Human Services
  • Professional Seminar
  • Seminar in Infancy and Early Childhood
  • Seminar in Middle Childhood and Adolescence
  • Seminar in Adult Development
  • Seminar in Older Adulthood
  • Health Care Policy
  • Family Dynamics and Health
  • Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Health and Human Services
  • Develomental Science in Family Contexts
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Developmental Science
  • Couple & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The Developmental Science program offers an innovative curriculum with a foundation in development across the life course, family policy, and research methods.  In the two year program, students can tailor courses to their particular interest, such as child, adolescent or adult development, gerontology, family life education, or public policy/administration. Students may choose to take coursework to qualify for Certificates in Family Life Education or Gerontology.  Students are encouraged to complete an administrative, research, or social service internship to complement their coursework with hands-on experience. Completion of a Master's Thesis serves as the capstone project for this program. This integrated curriculum prepares graduates for positions in the areas of human service and administration, policy and advocacy, research and evaluation; and for advanced studies in Ph.D. programs.

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
February 2009 (undergrad) September 2011 (grad). The graduate program is no longer approved for graduates after August 2016.
CFLE Contact
Karen McCurdy
CFLE Contact Email