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The Children, Youth, and Families concentration prepares students for challenging careers developing research and policy that maximize the potential of children, youth, and families. Changes in the structure and function of households and in the dynamics of neighborhoods, schools and the workforce are just a few of the issues facing families today. In order to influence policies in this area, professionals must understand the fundamentals of human development, the dramatic social, political and economic changes affecting family and community life, and new directions in system and program design. This requires knowledge of relevant theory and practice in the areas of demography, health, education, and social services. The concentration in Children, Youth, and Families addresses the broad spectrum of American policies that affect human development. Graduates of the program assume roles as policy analysts, researchers, educators, program planners, and advocates. The concentration helps students achieve their goals through mentoring and advising, formal courses, colloquia, research responsibilities, and interaction with faculty.Like the other concentrations, the concentration in Children, Youth, and Families builds on the theoretical grounding in economics, political science, and sociology, as well as skills in both qualitative and quantitative research, required by the PhD program of study.  The goal of the CYF concentration is to prepare students for careers in university teaching and research, government agencies, and other research and service settings where, as graduates, they will frame new questions and bring their knowledge and analytical skills to bear on social programs and policies related to human development and family functioning.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
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Springfield College's marriage and family therapy program has been preparing students for careers in the field of marriage and family therapy for over 20 years. Offering both a master's degree and a certificate of advanced graduate study, the program provides students an opportunity to gain comprehensive understanding of family systems theory, exposure to the various schools of marriage and family therapy, and training in the skills necessary for the provision of marriage and family therapy in a variety of clinical settings. The program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis and courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening for those who work during the day. The program also offers a mental health counseling option for those interested in applying for licensure as both a mental health counselor and marriage and family therapist. This option requires 61 credits for an M.Ed. and 70 credits for an M.S.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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