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The Department of Human Development at Washington State University is a multidisciplinary department devoted to understanding the nature of human development across the lifespan. Through our teaching, research, and outreach programs, we promote the healthy development of children, adults, and their families in the state of Washington and throughout the nation. We offer B.A. degrees and a Ph.D. degree in Prevention Science at the Vancouver and the Pullman campuses, as well as a B.A. in Human Development via distance. Members of our faculty are involved in a range of research projects on children and their families and in outreach activities through our youth and family extension programs. We run preschool programs on both the Pullman and Vancouver campuses. All undergraduate human development majors complete an internship to help prepare them for a career in the field. Our graduates are employed in a variety of educational and social services settings throughout the U.S.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
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The primary mission of the MFT Program is the educationalpreparation of Marriage and Family Therapists who will be competent to address the current and emerging mental health needs of children, couples and families in diverse communities. The vision of the program is that graduates will be prepared to meet the challenges of a competitive, diverse, complex, and evolving mental health care practice environment; that they will be competent and ethical clinicians; and that they will lead the way in standard of care practices and mental health care outcomes. At the completion of the program graduates will have all the educational requirements for licensure in the State of New Jersey. The Professional Diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy is a practitioner oriented terminal degree with a focus on Human Systems and relationships. The program fosters professional advancement and excellence that provides graduates with high level training that supports the needs of our communities of interest, while focusing on inclusion, diversity, and cultural issues across all settings in which clinical and supervisory services are provided. Graduates of the M.F.T. program will be trained to work in multiple settings on multiple levels in agencies, treatment facilities, medical facilities, and other locations that provide clinical services. Graduates will be sufficiently trained to develop their own clinical programs, private practices, and educational trainings related to the therapeutic community

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The School of Professional Psychology has 12 full-time faculty members who represent a broad range of interests and theoretical orientations. Faculty members are active in research, professional organizations, and the scholarship of teaching and many maintain clinical practices. Additionally, many members of our faculty have organized Research Interest Groups (RIGS) to work with teams of graduate students to explore research and clinical interests. The Psy.D. degree is a 120 credit hour program completed over 5 - 6 years. Although strongly grounded in the study of general clinical psychology, students choose additional advanced course work in one of four areas of specialized emphasis: Adult Psychology, Child/Adolescent/Family Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Health Psychology.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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Accredited Institute

We are a general sociology department with a concentrations "Urban Inequality" and in "Family and Health." Most of our faculty's research and teaching interests concern issues connected to these two areas. The department houses the Kunz Center for Social Research, a research center for faculty as well as a training facility for graduate students. All students also receive a well-rounded general education in the field of sociology.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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Early Childhood

Earn two credentials in four years of full-time study: Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood & Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Our Early Childhood program focuses on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children from birth to eight years and their interaction with the world around them. You will learn how to engage children in learning, understand parent-child relations and assess a child's development. You gain the know-how to support children individually, as well as work with their families, schools and the community.

Your first two years look at children as individuals. In your first year, you are introduced to the areas, or "domains", of childhood development and key issues such as human behaviour in society, nutrition and safety. In your second year, you will learn the basics of child anatomy and physiology, how to create curricula, research and observation skills, and dynamics of relationships. The third and fourth years of the program expand your focus to children and the community. You will learn how to work with children with special needs, program administration, assessment and intervention, and leadership.

Industry Connections: You will complete more than 850 hours of workplace experience. Past placements include school classrooms, early learning centres, children's mental health centres, hospital pediatric units, and inclusive learning and therapeutic environments.

Opportunities: Know the why and how. You will develop a comprehensive set of abilities to assess children's development and be able to support and educate children based on that assessment in a meaningful way. Earn hands-on experience designing and implementing play materials that meet the developmental needs of children in our Play and Programming for Early Childhood course.

Teach with toys. You can borrow from our extensive collection of toys and educational materials in the Early Childhood Resource Room for use in your field placements. Choose from developmental, skill-building, cognitive and creative play.

Sample Careers: Registered Early Childhood Educator, Family Support Supervisor, Special Needs Resource Consultant, Childcare Supervisor/Director/Owner, Child and Youth Worker, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Technician, Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) Technician.

Samples of further education: Bachelor of Education (Teachers College), Master of Education, Master of Arts in Child Study and Education, Law School, Master of Social Work, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Child Life Studies Post-Professional Diploma Program.

Transfer students are welcome! For information about transfer credit, please contact [email protected].

Family and Community Social Services

Earn two credentials in four years of full-time study: Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Services & Social Service Worker Diploma

Make a difference in society in a very meaningful way. Our program explores current social issues, and the development and delivery of programs designed to assist individuals, families and communities. You will be exposed to different areas of social service work and learn how to understand the challenges faced by vulnerable populations so you can learn how to deliver impactful services, including counselling, mediation and crisis intervention.

Industry Connections: Starting in your second year, you will earn more than 850 hours of supervised workplace experience at three different placements. Past placements include children's mental health centres, hospitals, seniors' residences, addiction centres, research clinics, detention centres and correctional institutions.

Opportunities: Simulate a community agency. Take advantage of a lab simulating aspects of a typical community agency. The room is equipped with one-way observation mirrors, audiovisual equipment, interview furniture and offices. Use it for research and to practice administrative, interviewing and counselling skills.

Participate in professional development. The Social Services Symposium is an annual themed event organized by Family and Community Social Services students that gives you the opportunity to present research and learn from various practitioners and researchers in your field.

Hands-on practice. Two courses offer you the opportunity to practice interviewing and counselling. By videotaping the sessions and receiving peer support and instructor feedback you can analyze your techniques to help you learn to communicate and help people more effectively.

Sample Careers: Case Manager, Community Youth Worker, Hospice Support Worker, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Technician, Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) Technician, Social Service Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Addictions Worker.

Samples of further education: Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work Bachelor of Education (Teachers College), Master of Public Policy, Masters programs in Disability Studies, Law School, Postgraduate certificate in ABA/IBI.

Transfer students are welcome! For information about transfer credit, please contact [email protected].

Areas of Study
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Undergraduate
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The Department of Applied Health Science is a vital part of IU's life sciences initiative. Our department is committed to fostering interdisciplinary research in the life sciences as we work toward our mission of preventing disease and promoting health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Our department is making a difference in the health and well-being of Indiana, the nation, and the world through the research, teaching, and service conducted by our dedicated faculty, staff, and students.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Science is to educate future leaders and professionals to enrich the wellbeing of individuals, children, families, and communities through innovative teaching, research, service and community engagement. We offer students model teacher training in early childhood education and family and consumer sciences education with practicums and internships in our 5-Star, nationally accredited Child Development Center and local schools. We offer the only academic child life program in North Carolina, and we developed the first medical family therapy doctoral program in the nation. We maintain a family therapy clinic as part of the family therapy training program-the only such combination in the state. Our family and community services- family science concentration is an approved program for the Certified Family Life Educator credential through the National Council on Family Relations. All four undergraduate programs within the department are accredited by the American Associatin of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Accredited Institute

This is a great department where students can have experiences that will enrich their lives and prepare them for the future. Our programs provide the exciting opportunity to study individual development, family relationships and consumer issues as they affect each other, and to learn how to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in many settings. Our mission is to provide high quality undergraduate and graduate instruction to help students develop greater personal understanding and prepare for successful professional careers. For those who are exploring the professional options provided in this major, we are available to answer your questions and to help you make an informed decision.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Accredited Institute

The School of Family Studies and Human Services (FSHS) offers diversity of academic programs, scholarship, and outreach that address the health and well-being of individuals and families in Kansas, the country, and the world.  The complexity of the School is reflected in the wide range of careers in human services pursued by graduates such as work with families, early childhood education, marriage and family therapy, personal financial planning, and speech-language pathology. Students follow career paths that take them all over the world and into numerous types of opportunities.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Accredited Institute

The Child Development and Family Relations program teaches students to examine individuals and families in the environments in which they live, work and play. Stages of individual and family development and the relationships people form throughout their lives are also prominent aspects of the program. Students can choose between two options: CDFR or Child Life

Careers

Possible careers in government agencies, businesses, religious organizations and non-profit organizations include:

  • Child Care Center Director
  • Children Services Agent
  • Care Facilities Coordinator
  • Teacher-specialist
  • Foster and Adoption Facilitator
  • Recreations Specialist
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Purdue University's Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is widely regarded as a leader in the study of children and families. The department contributes to the well being of individuals and families across the life course by generating knowledge; preparing graduates for research, teaching, leadership, and professional practice; and by strengthening the interconnections of research, practice, and policy. The Department offers academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Faculty conduct important research on a range of critical issues facing individuals and families in today's society. Through innovative outreach efforts, the department extends knowledge to policymakers, employers, professionals, and citizens in Indiana and beyond.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is a part of the College of Sciences at Harding University, a private liberal arts university in Searcy, AR. The Department offers the B.S. degree in  Child Development, Child Life, Family and Consumer Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Family Life Education; Fashion Merchandising, and, Nutrition and Dietetics.   Approximately 150  students are enrolled in the Department with six full-time faculty and threeadjuncts. The Family Life Education Program is approved by the National Council on Family Relations. The Child Life Specialist program fulfills course requirements of the Association of Child Life Professionals for entry into a post-baccalaureate internship. The Didactic Nutrition and Dietetics Program is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Teacher licensure in the state of Arkansas is granted for graduates of the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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Accredited Institute

Family and Consumer Studies (FCS) is an interdisciplinary department where faculty and students examine how the social, economic, political, and physical environments affect families, individuals, communities, and consumers. The teaching, research, and service done in the Department focuses on expanding our understanding on how the welfare of individuals, and families in which they live, are affected by external forces and internal forces. As such, the Department emphasizes applied social science research and teaching with a strong public policy orientation.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Department of Graduate Psychology at Azusa Pacific University offers two degrees, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy, and an APA accredited Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology. The M.A. prepares students for California state licensure as an MFT; the Psy.D. prepares students for California state licensure as a psychologist. Our curriculum is oriented to develop core competencies in psychology in our students. We emphasize relationship, research and evaluation, assessment, intervention, consultation, and supervision competencies. In addition, we expect students to develop competencies to provide services across diverse populations. Our program has an interdisciplinary sequence of courses, relating psychology to ethics and theology. The Department of Graduate Psychology offers its master's degree program on APU's Azusa campus as well as at the Orange County, San Diego, and Ventura Regional Centers.

http://www.apu.edu/bas/graduatepsychology/programs/

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Child and Family Studies program at Baylor University focuses on a contextual understanding of families and individuals in a diverse and ever-changing world. Students acquire broad knowledge in the study of individuals, families, and relationships. Child and Family Studies students go beyond the classroom to get hands-on experience. They practice application of knowledge, developing skills that will maximize their efforts in their work with individuals and families. Students have opportunities to work with children at Baylor's Piper Center for Family Studies and Child Development, shadow professionals in the field, complete Child and Family related service in a variety of agencies/organizations, and are required to successfully complete a practicum experience in an agency/organization in their area of interest. Baylor Child and Family Studies students select a specific area (Child Development, Child Life, or Family Studies) as the focus of their studies, while also taking a wide range of courses to better prepare them as professionals who will work with individuals and families. Completion of a Family and Consumer Sciences degree in the Child and Family Studies program leads to careers involving children, adults, and families in communities, government, and business. 

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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Accredited Institute

The Couple & Family Therapy (CFT) doctoral and masters programs at Alliant International University provide students with the essential training needed to pursue a career as a professional marriage and family therapist and prepare them to be licensed as a marital and family therapist. Students who complete the CFT masters at Alliant International University can apply all of their master's degree coursework and practicum hours toward the doctoral program. The CFT graduate programs at Alliant International University have a dedicated, caring, highly skilled, and diverse faculty. The program provides intensive theoretical and practical skill based training. The CFT program at Alliant International University attracts students from around the world and is dedicated to train students to work with diverse populations.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
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The Couple & Family Therapy (CFT) doctoral and masters programs at Alliant International University provide students with the essential training needed to pursue a career as a professional marriage and family therapist and prepare them to be licensed as a marital and family therapist. Students who complete the CFT masters at Alliant International University can apply all of their master's degree coursework and practicum hours toward the doctoral program. The CFT graduate programs at Alliant International University have a dedicated, caring, highly skilled, and diverse faculty. The program provides intensive theoretical and practical skill based training. The CFT program at Alliant International University attracts students from around the world and is dedicated to train students to work with diverse populations. 

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Couple & Family Therapy (CFT) doctoral and masters programs at Alliant International University provide students with the essential training needed to pursue a career as a professional marriage and family therapist and prepare them to be licensed as a marital and family therapist. Students who complete the CFT masters at Alliant International University can apply all of their master's degree coursework and practicum hours toward the doctoral program. The CFT graduate programs at Alliant International University have a dedicated, caring, highly skilled, and diverse faculty. The program provides intensive theoretical and practical skill based training. The CFT program at Alliant International University attracts students from around the world and is dedicated to train students to work with diverse populations.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
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The Auburn University Department of Human Development and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary program committed to advancing and applying knowledge about individuals and families in a changing world. The Department operates the Center for Children, Youth, and Families that includes the Auburn University Early Learning Center and the Harris Early Learning Center of Birmingham, both accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Marriage and Family Therapy Center. The objective of these centers is to enhance the instruction/service learning, research, and outreach missions of the Department. Further, The Alabama Cooperative Extension System provides the infrastructure to enable the researchers and practitioners affiliated with the Department and its Centers to disseminate knowledge to the citizens of Alabama, the nation, and the world.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Oklahoma Baptist University is designed to meet the needs of college graduates who desire training in marriage and family therapy that will prepare them to apply for professional certification or licensure and clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

The program approaches the practice of marriage and family therapy from the Christian perspec­tive and emphasizes Christian values. It focuses on both academic course work and supervised clinical ex­perience with individuals, couples and families under a variety of clinical conditions. It endeavors to establish a professional role identity for the family therapist as a clinician who can work both in private and public domains, and in institutional as well as outpatient sett­ings. Students receive intensive specialized training which gives them a firm base for becoming competent therapists who understand and are able to treat in­dividuals and families from a systems vantage point and know how to deal with the societal and cultural forces that influence family relation­ships. They are exposed to a variety of theoretical paradigms used in family therapy and assisted in critically examining each of them with the purpose of developing a proficiency as marriage and family therapists based on the integration of their personal qualities with their knowledge of individual, marital and family dynamics, resources, and possibilities for change.

The Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy requires that students satisfac­torily complete 45 hours of course work and pass a comprehensive evaluation. Included in the 45 hours of course work is a practicum of 500 supervised hours of therapy for which the student receives 9 hours of credit. All therapy supervision is performed by licensed marriage and family therapists or AAMFT approved supervisors or supervisors-in-training.

The faculty in the program consists of full-time MFT faculty members, members of the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Family Studies of Oklahoma Baptist University and MFT practitioners from the regional area. Courses are offered on the OBU Shawnee campus, along with additional sites in Oklahoma City, OK and Broken Arrow, OK. Practicum sites are available to students during the second year of full-time study at various locations in the state.

The program is designed to be completed in two calendar years of full-time study with an academic course load of no more than 12 credit hours per semester, three calendar years of part-time study with an academic course load of no more than 9 credit hours per semester or four calendar years of part-time study with an academic course load of no more than 6 credit hours per semester. The practicum must be taken over 12 consecu­tive months even if the student is taking courses on a part-time basis.

Classes are offered between 4:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and meet once a week to accommodate students with full-time employment.

Additionally, OBU offers a Medical Family Therapy certificate program, which provides a unique opportunity for behavioral healthcare providers to receive advanced training in biopsychosocial-spiritual treatment within interdisciplinary healthcare systems. The program's foundational belief is that physical health, mental health, relationship health, and spiritual health are all intertwined, and that the impact of a health diagnosis extends beyond the individual to affect families. The MedFT certificate program equips providers with the tools necessary to recognize and address the impact of healthcare issues and concerns with patients and their families in medical and traditional therapy settings alike. The certificate program is offered online and consists of three classes, which include an Introduction course, Advanced course, and practicum.

Master's Thesis Option Students planning to continue their graduate education in marriage and family therapy on the doctoral level elsewhere may chose the thesis option for their M.S. degree. Completion of the thesis demonstrates that the student has acquired the necessary investigative skills to be able to carry out independent research in the field of marriage and family therapy and appropriately report his or her findings.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

A Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (and licensure or certification, where required) may lead to employment in a variety of settings, such as community mental health agencies, children and family services agencies, churches, counseling clinics, and private practice. Further study at the doctoral level may prepare students for faculty positions at professional schools or universities.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The primary emphases of the department are human development and family processes within the context of larger sociocultural systems. The distinguishing feature of HDFS is this contextual focus. Individual lifespan development is viewed as transpiring within a web of close relationships/family relationships, and family systems are seen as both context for individual and interpersonal behaviors and as units nested in larger sociocultural environments. Our unique niche is a commitment to family diversity and a multicultural perspective in research, teaching, and service. In each of these areas, we focus on the diversity that characterizes human development within the family context. Because we define family diversity and multiculturalism broadly, our focus is on the multitude of ways that individuals within families may differ, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, family structure, nationality, geographic location, and sexual orientation.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Master's
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The University of Louisiana at Monroe adheres to the principle of equal educational and employment opportunity without regard to race, color, creed, or religion, national origin, sex, marital or parental status, age, disability, veteran status, or political belief. This policy extends to all programs and activities supported by the University. The programs value diversity and actively recruit minority students from the area and across the nation. The MFT programs (M.A. and Ph.D.) are housed within the School of Health Professions. The M.A. Program was developed in 1983 and was first accredited in 1987. The Ph.D. was approved in 1995 and admitted its first students in 1996, and has been accredited since 2001. Admission to both programs is limited and is granted for the fall term each year. The programs only offer advanced degrees in systems based Marriage and Family Therapy. In 2010 we began an online Ph.D. program in MFT with a concentration in Systemic Studies.  The program is 100% online, is non-clinical and is not accredited

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The School of Social and Family Dynamics is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of individuals, families, and social institutions through innovative transdisciplinary research, instructional excellence, and active community involvement. We strive to be a leader in transformative discovery; fusing basic and applied research; and translating scientific knowledge into solutions for pressing problems related to children, youth, families, and their social worlds. The Program in Family and Human Development is a cutting-edge research and training program. Our focus is applied, but it is anchored in rigorous basic science and theory concerning family processes and human development.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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For decades Iowa State University's Department of Human Development and Family Studies has been investigating and teaching aspiring professionals how to help address the daily challenges of individuals and families. It combines a rich history of dedication to lifespan development and family issues with the pursuit of innovative strategies for the future. Its very existence centers on caring, thinking and planning for and about individuals and families. The department has a mission to have a positive impact on the quality of life for individuals and families across the lifespan, as well as for schools and communities through research,t eaching. As one of the top programs in the nation, nearly all graduates are employed within six months of graduation. 

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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