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University of Wyoming

Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

Our mission is to strengthen families and communities with an emphasis on rural environments. We recognize that societies are increasingly dynamic and interdependent. Therefore, we aspire to fulfill our mission through instructional, research, and outreach/extension efforts that challenge, motivate, and inspire learners and educators to be effective personal and professional contributors within this global arena.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Bruce A. Cameron
Department Emphasis
  • 38% Human Nutrition & Food/Dietetics
  • 22% Design, Merchandising and Textiles
  • 20% Professional Child Develoment
  • 20% Human Development and Family Sciences
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

1000 E. University Ave.
Box 3354
Laramie, WY 82071
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Human Development and Family Sciences
  • Professional Child Development
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Safety, Nutrition, and Health in Early Childhood Programs
  • Fundamentals of Aging
  • Child Development
  • Family Relationships
  • Intimate Relationships
  • Personal Finance
  • Parent Child Relationships
  • Adolescence
  • Multicultural Influences on Children and Families
  • Field Studies
  • Special Problems (Independent Study)
  • Family Decision Making and Resource Management
  • Consumer Issues
  • Understanding Community Leadership
  • Family Policy
  • Families of Young Children with Special Needs
  • Professional Practices in Human Development and Family Sciences
  • Directing Preschool and Daycare Programs
  • Internship in Child Development
  • Administrative Internship in Child Development
  • Internship in Human Development and Family Sciences
  • Family Stress and Coping
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The human development and family sciences undergraduate option provides a strong foundation while allowing personalized selection of electives and internship experiences. The program prepares students to work in a variety of settings, serving individuals and families across the lifespan or to pursue graduate level education. Courses are selected to allow the student to pursue specific interests in areas of study. Students may choose to pursue a minor outside or design their own area of concentration in consultation with his/her advisor. Students must also satisfactorily complete a mandatory security screen (background check) upon declaring their major.The professional child development program is available by distance delivery only. Entry into the program requires an application process. Students must apply for admission to the University of Wyoming first and successfully meet the entry requirements. Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted for review. Once an applicant has applied and their transcripts have been received, their application will be reviewed. If they meet the entry requirements, applicants must also satisfactorily complete a mandatory security screen (background check) before they are officially admitted to the program.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Bruce A. Cameron
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Special Topics
  • Special Problems (Independent Study)
  • FCSC Graduate Seminar I
  • FCSC Graduate Seminar II
  • Family Decision Making and Resource Management
  • Consumer Issues
  • Lifespan Human Development
  • Understanding Community Leadership
  • Family Policy
  • Ethics in Research and Practice
  • Developmental Contexts Across the Lifespan
  • Seminar in Child Development
  • Seminar in Human Development and Family Sciences
  • Family Stress and Coping
  • Practicum in College Teaching
  • Internship
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  •  Family and Consumer Sciences
Masters Comments

The Department of Family & Consumer Sciences offers an on-campus program of study leading to a Master of Science degree with a specialization in Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS). The HDFS program provides a strong foundation in human development and family sciences while also allowing for personalized electives, experiences, and theses. We ground our graduate level education in preparing students to work with and study individuals and families within dynamic contexts across the lifespan. Our program develops students' abilities to reason critically and ethically, understand integrative and interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving, and be self- and culturally-reflective.

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
Alyssa McElwain, PhD, CFLE
CFLE Contact Email