University of Wisconsin–Stout

Department of Human Development & Family Studies
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The HDFS department includes a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, a M.S. in Marriage and Family Studies, a minor in Human Development and Family Studies and a specialization in gerontology. The B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies has approximately 360 students, carries the CFLE certification, and offers both on-line and on-campus deliveries. The M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy has 25 students and is one of the longest accredited programs in COAMFTE. The HDFS department has 12 fulltime faculty and staff.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Dale Hawley
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

125 Heritage Hall
Menomonie, WI 54751
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Human Development & Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies
  • Healthy Couple Relationships
  • Human Development: Early Childhood
  • Honors Seminar: Lifespan Human Development
  • Dynamics of Family Development
  • Skill Training For Individual/Family Interventions
  • Lifespan Human Development
  • Lifespan Sexuality
  • Seminar on Self-Growth
  • Human Development: Middle Childhood and Adolescence
  • Family Stress, Coping and Adaptation
  • Child Guidance
  • Parent Education/Involvement
  • Divorced, Single Parent and Remarried Family
  • Human Development: Early/Middle Adulthood
  • Critical Cultural Competence
  • Practice in Critical Cultural Competence
  • Human Development: Late Adulthood
  • Health Care Dilemmas and Decisions for Families
  • Death and Bereavement
  • Family Resource Management
  • Family Research and Methodology
  • Family Policy
  • Abuse and the Family
  • Professional Issues: Human Development and Family Studies
  • Internship in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Grantsmanship for Non-Profits
  • Sexual and Gender Identities in Families and Society
  • Religious Diversity and the Workplace
  • Families in an Electronic World
  • Autism and Family Life: Living with the Spectrum
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies (BS HDFS) prepares students to work with individuals and families throughout the life cycle and in many different ways. Students examine how individual, family and community are interrelated, and develop sensitivity to the needs of families and their members through the broad lenses of relationships, culture, gender, age, social class, and life stage. Students will be well prepared to apply their education to the many disciplines that serve the needs of families. 

Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Foundations of CFT
  • Contemporary CFT
  • Theories of Family Process
  • Couples Therapy and Sex Therapy
  • Cultural Competence in Family Therapy
  • Psychometric Aids to MFT
  • Psychopathology
  • Lifespan Family and Human Development
  • Professional Issues in MFT
  • Research in Psychotherapy
  • MFT Practicum
  • Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • Treating Drug Abuse, Intimate Violence, and Self Harm
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family Studies & Human Development
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
Amanda Barnett, Ph.D.
CFLE Contact Email