Syracuse University

Department of Child & Family Studies
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The department features an interdisciplinary faculty with training and advanced degrees in such areas as child development psychology, educational psychology, family studies, social psychology, family life education, early childhood education, gerontology, anthropology, and women's studies,. The graduate program in child and family studies, integrates theory and practice from these fields with a major emphasis in child development, family studies, and early childhood education. The major goal of the programs is to facilitate understanding of the development of the individual over the life span in the context of the family and the broader community.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Robert P. Moreno (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Family Studies
  • 50% Child/Human Development
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
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
Department Address

426 Ostrom Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244-3240
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child Development
  • Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Family Development
  • The Development of the Young Child in the Family
  • Interpersonal Competence
  • Introduction to Child Life
  • Social Relationships and Peer Play
  • Issues and Perspectives in Early Childhood Education
  • The Developing Infant
  • Language Development in Children and Families
  • Intimate Relationships and Gender Roles
  • Human Sexuality
  • Leading Human Sexuality Discussion Groups
  • Seminar: Family and Child Intervention
  • Foundations and Principles of Early Childhood Education
  • Child Practicum
  • Principles and Practice in Parenting
  • Child and Family in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Power, Conflict, Violence, and the Family
  • Critical Incidents in Family Development
  • Family Practicum I
  • Family Practicum II
  • Quality Infant Care Giving
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The Department of Child and Family Studies offers course work and other learning experiences about child and family development from the perspective of historical change, socio-economic, and cultural factors. Students are exposed to theoretical, research, and applied knowledge in human services and health professions throughout the life span, and concentrate on family or child studies.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Jaipaul Roopnarine
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Quality Infant Care Giving
  • Statistical Concepts I & II
  • Research Methods for Child and Family Studies I & II
  • Theories, Interpretations, and Applications in Child Development
  • The Developing Infant
  • Family Theories: Interpretation and Application
  • Prosocial and Moral Development in Children
  • Language Development in Children and Families
  • Child and Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • Family Crisis: Theory and Interpretation
  • Research Seminar in Child and Family Studies I & II
  • Seminar in Family Relationships
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Child Development
  • Family Studies
Masters Comments

This interdisciplinary degree is designed flexibly to meet the career interests of individual students. It provides specialized study and research in child development or family studies. Students concentrate in one area and take supportive courses in the other. They may also choose supporting courses outside the college in education, psychology, the social sciences, and women's studies. This degree prepares the individual for college teaching, research, and administrative positions in human service agencies.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Child Development
  • Family Studies
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
Kamala Ramadoss, Ph.D., CFLE
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