California State University–Long Beach

Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The mission of Child Development and Family Studies is to improve the lives of children and families. We provide hands-on experiences to students through involvement in community and professional activities. Specific CDFS courses meet the education requirements for the Child Development permit from the State of California. Please see academic advisor for more information. Students may obtain a B.A. degree in Family & Consumer Sciences: Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) with an emphasis in Family Life Education or CDFS. The field of CDFS strives to improve the lives of children and families. As an integrative and interdisciplinary specialization, CDFS incorporates information from a variety of disciplines and focuses on utilizing the prevention approach to assist individuals and families 

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Wendy Reiboldt (chair)
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child Development & Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Infants & Toddlers
  • The Preschool Child
  • Guiding Young Children
  • Family, Community, & Young Children
  • Environments for Young Children
  • Directed Studies
  • Prenatal Development & Infancy
  • Family & Personal Development
  • The Older Child
  • Family Stress & Coping
  • Fathers & Fathering
  • Child & Family Law
  • Language, Learning & the Developing Child: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • International Families: Families in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Individual Child Study & Guidance
  • Family Interaction
  • Child & Family in the Community
  • Fieldwork with Preschool Children
  • Fieldwork with Infants/Toddlers
  • Introduction to Administration & Supervision of Child Development Programs
  • Applications of Administration & Supervision of Child Development Programs
  • Premarital Intervention
  • Parent Education
  • Family Life Education
  • Internship
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
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
Nilufer Medora, Ph.D., CFLE
CFLE Contact Email