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Accredited Institute

The Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University offers graduate programs in School Counseling, Marriage, Couple,and Family Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Student Affairs. The School Counseling program meets requirements for p-12 certification for Kentucky and is holds CACREP accreditation

The Marriage, Couple,and Family Counseling and Professional Counseling programs are CACREP accredited and meet the academic requirements for licensure in Kentucky. The Department's faculty prioritize the practical aspects of counseling and student affairs expecting students to learn how to apply theory, knowledge, skills and research in diverse cultural and work settings.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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HDFS provides outstanding undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level education in family studies and human development across the life span. Among the top programs of its kind, HDFS offers an interdisciplinary approach to family relationships, child and adolescent development, early childhood education, adult development and aging, as well as child and family intervention, prevention, and policy studies. The program is served by a faculty of thirteen, four of whom hold integrated appointments with UW-Extension. All of the faculty are professionally active with strong records of national and international scholarship. Faculty conduct basic research to understand families and their members and applied research and outreach to enhance individual and family life. 

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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Accredited Institute

The Child and Family Development Program offers undergraduate degrees in 2 areas of study, 3 interdisciplinary certificates, and 1 Masters degree options. Approximately 300 undergraduates and 10 Masters students are seeking degrees. Our students study with majors from a variety of disciplines and professions, including health related disciplines, human services, art, social work, education, business, and the social sciences. Students in child development and family development all undergo a 200 clock hour internship at professional sites throughout the northeast Ohio area, as well as hands-on experience as part of their course work at child development centers and community agencies.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
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Accredited Institute

The mission of the Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics Department is to prepare scholarly professionals who contribute to the well-being of individuals, families, communities and the institutions, industries and businesses which serve them. CFS/D curricula provide liberal and professional education in interior design, apparel design & merchandising, dietetics, nutrition & foodservice management, and child & family sciences. In addition, the Department fulfills California's Educational Master Plan by providing a comprehensive family and consumer sciences curriculum. The mission is aligned with the goals, mission, strategic goals of SFSU.

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

The Graduate School of Counseling, of the College of Education at George Fox Univeristy provides training in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. We currently have 11 full-time faculty, with campuses in both Portland and Salem and a clinic and practicum training center. All courses incorporate the Integration of faith and psychology themes and meet at convenient times for adults coming back to school for further training.

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

APUS is an online-only university. The child and family development program focuses on the family as a unit, how family members communicate and interact, the external influences upon the family, and conditions that influence human growth and the development of the individual within the context of the family. Additionally, the program emphasizes basic processes in child development, exploring the cognitive, social, and emotional development of children from birth to adolescence, and prepares graduates for working with children in a variety of educational settings.

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The Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences at North Carolina State University offers graduate distance education programs designed to prepare and strengthen current and future professionals who work with youth and/or families in community-based settings.

Our graduate faculty members are field experts who strive to create positive and applied learning environments that prepare students to excel in their professional careers. We are student-focused, recognizing that our students bring talent and knowledge into the classroom. We encourage student development by building on their strengths and cultivating their unique career interests.

We offer a fully online graduate program, which allows our students the flexibility they need to be successful.

Our program is designed for both traditional and non-traditional students, incorporating synchronous and asynchronous learning options that provide students with opportunities to either focus on one foundational area within youth, family, or community sciences, or gain a broad perspective of working with individuals across the lifespan.

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

The major in child development prepares students for a variety of professional specialties. Graduates with competencies in this major find positions in preschools, day care centers, schools, hospitals, clinics, residential institutions, counseling centers, mental health centers, public welfare agencies, family service agencies, family planning clinics, community programs, business and industry, and government agencies. Students may prepare for teaching credentials and specialized certification (e.g., a teacher of single/multiple subjects in elementary or secondary education, or a family life educator). The Child Development major provides preparation for graduate study in child or family development, social work, counselor or special education, law and the social sciences. Descriptions of career opportunities of the major and ways to meet credential and certification requirements are available from the undergraduate adviser.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Master's
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Accredited Institute

The Seton Hill University Marriage and Family Therapy program is guided by a commitment to understanding and respecting cultural diversity. We work from the premise that human differences are important and valuable. Therefore the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Seton Hill is designed to educate students in family systems theory and clinical techniques with special emphasis upon understanding family process within a broader socio-cultural context.

What distinguishes marriage and family therapists from other disciplines is this emphasis on relationships as an important factor for mental health. What distinguishes Seton Hill's Marriage and Family Therapy Program from other, similar programs is a training model committed to social diversity and development of the self of the therapist as the most essential tool in clinical work.

This emphasis is consistent with the University's graduate studies philosophy, which encourages students to recognize multi-cultural contexts and the role of privilege and oppression. We also encourage students to become aware of their personal values and how these values affect professional practice, in order that they may act responsibly as agents of social change.

We believe in the power of relationships - within families, and among individuals - and we prepare clinicians who work from a systemic and relational perspective in addressing issues related to mental health. Our belief in the power of relationships means we work to create a learning environment that is collaborative, diverse and empowering. This is not only our educational strategy; it is also our way of living our values.

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

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 a B.A. degree in Human Development at the Vancouver and the Pullman campuses, as well as a B.A. in Human Development via distance. A Ph.D in Prevention Science is available on the Pullman, Vancouver and Spokane campuses.  Members of our faculty are involved in a range of research projects involving 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 or graduate study. Our graduates are employed in a variety of educational and social services settings throughout the U.S.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
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The Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) explores the psychological, social, and biopsychosocial processes that lead individuals and families to a spectrum of outcomes, from productivity, health, and well-being at one end to illness, dysfunction, and distress at the other. HDFS at UT-Austin is a dynamic program that is among the nation's best interdisciplinary departments. Our faculty are award-winning teachers, leaders in prestigious scientific societies, recipients of national and international awards for outstanding research accomplishments and distinguished careers, and recipients of major grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and numerous private foundations. Our senior faculty are among the elite researchers in the discipline, and our junior faculty are some of the field's brightest up and coming stars.

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
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Accredited Institute

Asbury Theological Seminary is a community called to prepare theologically educated, sanctified, Spirit-filled men and women to evangelize and to spread scriptural holiness throughout the world through the love of Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit and to the glory of God the Father.

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling program offers instruction in the theory and practice of professional marriage and family counseling within a Christian worldview. The program prepares graduates to integrate biblical and theological understanding with historical and contemporary marriage and family counseling theory and practice.

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

Asbury Theological Seminary is a community called to prepare theologically educated, sanctified, Spirit-filled men and women to evangelize and to spread scriptural holiness throughout the world through the love of Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit and to the glory of God the Father. The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling program offers instruction in the theory and practice of professional marriage and family counseling within a Christian worldview. The program prepares graduates to integrate biblical and theological understanding with historical and contemporary marriage and family counseling theory and practice.

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

Students in the MMFC/T program start with an assigned group or cycle of students.  New cycles begin in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.  The objectives of the MMFC/T program are to enhance professional knowledge in the area of marriage and family therapy, enhance therapeutic skills through classroom and practical experience, integrate faith and learning in the life and thought of students, and enable students to meet the academic requirements for Tennessee state licensure.  The PhD Clinical Counseling: Teaching and Supervision program serves to train counselor educators and supervisors and serves to enhance therapeutic skills in counseling or marriage and family therapy.

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

Applied Psychology and Counselor Education Program Overview: At the University of Northern Colorado, you'll make the most of your future by expanding your mind and advancing your career. You'll gain an education for life through relevant coursework that helps you to reach your career goals. Our master's programs in School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling/Therapy are fully accredited by CACREP. We prioritize excellence and assure that our graduates are fully prepared to work as professional counselors. Our alums have become leaders in agencies, schools, and private practice settings.

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

The Department offers work for the degrees of master of science and doctor of philosophy in sociology or rural sociology. Graduates have a broad understanding of sociology, address complex societal problems, and communicate directly with scientific colleagues and the general public. Graduate students choose a Ph.D. concentration area "Social & Economic Disparities" under which Sociology of Families would lie. This emphasis offers students advanced training in the sociology of family, intimate relationships, and life course using both qualitative and quantitative techniques. The primary objective of the concentration is to prepare students for careers in teaching, research, and/or practice (e.g., social services, government) in the area of family. Another objective is to assist students for whom sociology of families is a secondary area of study in their efforts to meaningfully address family related issues within their primary fields (e.g., community studies, criminology, social psychology). Teaching and research assistantships are available.

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Accredited Institute

Through an integration of the root disciplines involved in lifespan human development, the Department of Family Sciences facilitates the development of learning and competencies in students who will enhance the quality of individuals' and families' lives in a diverse global society. The Family Sciences faculty empowers students to be proactive and systemic in approach.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • 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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The Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy (M.A. in MFT) is a non-thesis degree program requiring 60 units of coursework, successful completion of a comprehensive exam, and participation in an international experience. As part of the program, students complete a 12-month clinical practicum where they accumulate 500 direct client contact hours, of which at least 200 hours are with couples and families. Students also receive over 200 hours of supervision from both faculty and site supervisors. The MFT program at USD meets the guidelines for family therapy training set forth by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, which regulates licensure of marriage and family therapists in California. Additional requirements beyond the Masters degree must be completed to obtain the license, primarily post-degree supervised clinical experience. The USD MFT Program has also been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. 

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

Family Life Education courses are housed in the MA Religious Education Program in the Department of Discipleship and Religious Education. The program is designed for pastors, spouses, family ministries directors, and lay leaders who want to help foster or support strong families in the church as well as the community through teaching in seminars, classes, small groups, and retreats. Core courses include content in teaching, theology, research, and leadership in addition to the ten National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) content areas for family life. The courses are based on content areas that have been endorsed by the NCFR and recognized by the Adventist Association of Family Life Professionals (AAFLP). Specific courses are approved and applicable to the certification processes of these professional organizations. The program is a 48 credit course. Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination and complete a portfolio summarizing their synthesis and application of family life content. Prerequisites include a Bachelor's Degree.

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

The mission of Saint Louis University's Medical Family Therapy program is to train marriage and
family therapists who are engaged in service to individuals, couples, families and the
community. Through a scholarly and reflective process, the faculty are involved in the
development of professional clinicians who understand and recognize the primacy and
importance of scientific inquiry, diversity and social justice; who respect and accept multiple
perspectives; and who strive to practice in a collaborative engagement with other professionals
and the community.

M.A. in Family Therapy (medical family therapy concentration):
The M.A. in Family Therapy is based on a systemic/relational view of individuals, couples and
families. It fulfills the course and practicum requirements toward licensure in the State of
Missouri as a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. The program requires a minimum of 60
credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. Prerequisites include 18 credit hours in the
behavioral sciences. Program requirements include didactic courses, two semesters of
practicum, three semesters of internship in a community setting and the attainment of a
minimum of 500 hours of direct clinical contact. The concentration in medical family therapy
prepares student to function as part of an integrated care team in addressing the
biopsychosocial needs of individuals and families.

Ph.D. in Medical Family Therapy:
The Ph.D. in Medical Family Therapy is based on a systemic/relational view of individuals,
couples and families. It prepares clinicians to work within an integrated care health setting in
collaboration with medical and mental health professionals. Coursework focuses on theory,
practice and research in the field of couple and family therapy with an emphasis on intervention
in primary care medical settings and as adjunct health providers in specialty care. The doctoral
program involves a minimum of 51 credit hours of coursework beyond the master's degree, plus
comprehensive examinations and original research culminating in the dissertation (12+ credit
hours). The Ph.D. has a clinical component in which students are trained in both mental health
and medical settings as part of an integrated care team of health professionals. Students are
required to complete a nine to twelve month internship.

The Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Program at Saint Louis University is accredited by
the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American
Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The Ph.D. program is available as a part-time or
a full-time program.

Career Paths:
Possible careers include academic positions, research, clinical positions in medical and mental
health centers, private practice and consulting.

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

Duquesne University Counselor Education Program offers students an opportunity to complete the Master of Science in Education in School Counseling (K-12), Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or Marriage and Family Counseling. All three areas are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational programs (CACREP).

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Master's Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University, conveniently located off major highways in the center of the state, offers both part- and full-time study opportunities for persons interested in pursuing a career in marriage and family therapy. The program is nationally accredited by AAMFTs Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). The MFT programs intensive 51 credit hour specialization is designed to provide students with a solid theoretical background as a foundation for intensive clinical training in systemic approaches to human problems. The curriculum is designed to meet the academic requirements for Connecticut Licensure for Marital and Family Therapists and AAMFT Clinical Membership. Unique features of the program include training in "Action Methods" with Dr. Daniel Wiener and optional training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy with Dr. Ralph Cohen, developed by Dr. Richard C. Schwartz. Clinical placements and intensive faculty supervision emphasize the development of effective therapeutic skills to meet the challenges of the new climate in health care service delivery. Emphasis is also placed on the development of the "person of the therapist." A key theme of the program is respect for diversity of people and lifestyles in families. The Graduate faculty consists of AAMFT Approved Supervisors and Licensed MFTs who are highly experienced both as teachers and as clinicians in the MFT field. All courses are taught by faculty members who are dedicated to the training of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Penn State's Department of Human Development and Family Studies is committed to excellence in research, teaching, and service regarding lifespan human development in the context of the family, community, and society. HDFS offers an interdisciplinary approach to individual and family development across the lifespan. As one of the premier departments of its kind, we focus on child and adolescent development, adult development and aging, biological aspects of human development, family studies, intervention research, and developmental research methods.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
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The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Briercrest Seminary is designed to provide the academic requirements for non-accredited programs for students wishing to pursue membership in the AAMFT. A combination of resident full-time and adjunct faculty provides for a breadth and depth of exposure to the various fields necessary for a well-rounded preparation for the practice of marriage and family therapy. Academic courses are supplemented by experiential practicum and internship requirements that emphasize both the person-of-the-therapist, with an emphasis on narrative identity of the therapist arising out of family of origin narratives, and the skills of the therapist, with an emphasis on practices guided by the ideals of narrative therapy. Most core courses are offered in one week modules, with some courses offered online making our program flexible and available for non-resident students.

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