Weber State University

Department of Child & Family Studies
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Department of Child and Family Studies at Weber State University has the mission to utilize contemporary educational practices to prepare students to become Family Life Educators who respect diversity, use culturally competent practices, and apply their knowledge to create environments that enhance the lives healthy development of adults, children, and families over the lifespan. We have a very strong Family Studies major that has an applied focus, field experience and job focus at the undergraduate level. This has made a very strong candidate for MFT and other grad programs. Students are very well qualified to work in the social service fields and go on for Masters Degrees.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Paul Schvaneveldt
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Child/Human Development
  • 40% Family Studies
  • 10% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

1351 Edvalson St. Dept 1301
Ogden, UT 84408-1301
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Early Childhood Education (Pre-K to 3)
  • Early Childhood
  • Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Marriage as an Interpersonal Process
  • Human Development
  • Family Resource Management
  • Family Relations
  • Development of the Child: Birth Through Eight
  • The Child from Six to Twelve
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Guidance Based on Developmental Theory
  • Planning Creative Experiences for Young Children
  • Directed Readings
  • Child Development Associate Training
  • Practicum
  • Cooperative Work Experience
  • Career Development
  • Seminar in Child Development
  • Seminar in Family Studies
  • Consumer Rights & Responsibilities
  • Diverse Families
  • Adult Development
  • Young Children at Risk
  • Parenting Education
  • Working with Parents
  • Family Processes
  • Teaching Experience in the Preschool
  • The Family in Stress
  • Comparative Study of Childhood & Adolescent Development
  • Contemporary Issues in Planning for Children
  • Basic Mediation Training
  • Family Studies Field Experiences
  • Family Life Education Methods
  • Advanced Guidance & Planning
  • Student Teaching in the Children's School
  • Individual Research
  • Career Strategy Seminar
  • Early Childhood Senior Synthesis Seminar
  • Seminar in Child Development
  • Senior Seminar in Family Studies
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

Excellent preparation for employment or graduate school. The Family Studies program is endorsed by the National Council on Family Relations as meeting all ten certification standards: graduates in this major can be conditionally certified as Family Life Educators.

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.

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CFLE Contact
Paul Schvaneveldt, CFLE
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