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The master's program in MFT at Virginia Tech prepares students to be family therapists who are well grounded in systems theory and research methods and who are competent to diagnose and treat mental illness. Students have the opportunity to receive intensive supervision of their clinical work with a broad range of individuals, couples and families at the program's Center for Family Services and in community agencies. A number of our graduates go on for doctoral study in MFT or related fields. The masters program is located in Falls Church, VA, an urban and culturally diverse suburb of Washington, DC. The program is fully 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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The mission of the Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling program (MCFC) is to prepare professional counselors to address a variety of issues in the context of relationships and families. The mission of the Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling specialty (MCFC) is to prepare professional counselors to address a variety of issues presented in relationships and families. Our goal is to graduate students who are self-reflective scholar-practitioners who can conduct and utilize research on effective practice through their involvement in the solution of real-world problems in relational contexts. We are committed to preparing our students in accordance with CACREP standards (www.cacrep.org) and South Carolina licensure requirements (www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Counselors). Further, we believe these counseling professionals provide leadership that will promote awareness, knowledge, and skills in interacting with economically, socially, and culturally diverse members of communities. The MCFC specialty is committed to recruiting and admitting students who reflect the diverse nature of our society. In addition, preference will be given to applicants who have had one or more years of direct, supervised, full-time work experience in an educational, mental health or human services setting. The ideal candidate demonstrates openness to those opportunities designed to foster personal and professional development through a supporting and challenging learning environment. Students progress through a carefully designed sequence of coursework and clinical experiences in a cohort model. Program faculty intentionally designs didactic and experiential coursework that fosters professional knowledge, skills, and self-awareness; all integral to professional practice of marriage, couples, and family counseling. The program participates in a collaborative partnership with professional counselors and human service agencies to monitor, evaluate and improve the program's efforts to achieve its mission. Successful completion of program requirements will earn the student the Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in Counselor Education with a specialization in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Family Studies program at Brescia University College provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to understanding family life and its relationship to the wider community and cultural context. Brescia University College has two degree options under Human Ecology, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. The BA provides students with a foundation for pursuing professional careers to work with families through courses in Family Studies, Human Ecology and the Social Sciences. The BSc offers students an opportunity to develop a foundation in the study of the family and Foods and Nutrition science. A new BA module, "Nutrition and Families," provides a similar foundation. Professional Designation: Students who complete Human Ecology 2222 (Professional Perspectives) are eligible for the Professional Home Economist (PHEc) designation offered by the Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA). This designation is endorsed by the Ontario Family Studies / Home Economics Educators Association (OFSHEEA) and the Ontario Family Studies Leadership Council (OFSLC).

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The mission of the child and family studies program is to prepare undergraduate students for careers and future graduate studies in the fields of education, social work, and social services. Embedded in this program is an emphasis on facilitating the development of citizens and reflective practitioners who are committed to contributing to a more just world. Child and family studies is committed to interdisciplinary approaches utilizing a variety of theoretical constructs and practical experiences designed to facilitate the development of graduates who will be able to: 1) Understand the development, roles, and interaction dynamics of children, youth, and families within their social systems; 2) Value the diversity of children, youth, and families and recognize the oppressive forces that can hinder their positive development; 3) Access, analyze, apply, and articulate knowledge to make professional decisions which improve the lives of children, youth and families; 4) Demonstrate professional standards of ethical conduct; and 5) Assume the role of change agents regarding issues, policies, and community needs that affect children, youth, and their families. 

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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Human Development and Family Sciences students study the growth, development, and interpersonal dynamics of individuals and families across the lifespan. The curriculum promotes an integrated understanding of individual and family development through intensive professional training and hands-on experiences. Courses emphasize life-span development, family dynamics, and methodologies for working with families and individuals of all ages. HDFS provides understanding of individual development within the context of families and communities. Students are challenged to understand the interconnectedness between individuals of different ages within their family systems as well as the interconnectedness of individual family systems with larger systems reflected in their communities and across the world.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The HDFS Program area prepares students to work in a wide range of child, family, and community contexts. Coursework provides an in-depth understanding of individuals and families, the dynamics of relationships, and environmental contexts affecting children, families, and community services. The HDFS program is organized within the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. The School has 28 full-time faculty who are involved in a variety of grant-funded and collaborative research projects and programs.

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

The Human Development and Family Studies mission is to promote the health and well-being of individuals and families through research, teaching and service.  Programs emphasize both theoretical and practical knowledge about development across the lifespan, family dynamics, teacher and parent education, and prevention and intervention programs that aid individuals and families. The department is committed to embracing diversity, providing educational environments that stress excellence and innovation, and developing exemplary programs and research to serve students, professionals and the larger community.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling is responsible for organizing and providing instructional programs in counseling and other human development functions of public schools, colleges/universities, and various agencies. The Department offers the following degree programs: (1) Master of Arts in Community Counseling, with three concentrations: Addictions Counseling, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Marriage and Family Counseling; (2) Master of Arts in Community Counseling; (3) Master of Arts in School Counseling, with two concentrations: Elementary/Middle School Licensure, and Secondary School Licensure; (4) Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy; (5) Master of Arts in Student Development, with two concentrations: College Counseling, and Student Affairs Practice. All courses are taught from a multicultural perspective that emphasizes the differing experiences, cultures, histories, and perspectives of people from a variety of ethnic, gender, racial, and social class backgrounds.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Department of Family & Consumer Sciences houses the Family & Child Science Program. A B.S. can be earned in Family & Child Science. An M.S. can be earned with emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy (leading to licensure) or Family & Child Science. Thesis and non thesis options are available.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Western Seminary offers the Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy. The program is 73 semester units. Courses in marital and family therapy comprise 60 units. While Bible,Theology and Spiritual Formation comprise the remaining 13 units. The program meets all of the necessary requirements for licensure in the State of California. The program is thoroughly grounded in a biblical worldview. Based on the Seminary's Christ-centered approach, theological reflection and spirituality are viewed as significant components in the therapeutic process. In particular, the Seminary underscores the necessity for a healthy sense of self and wholeness in Christ as vital for those desiring to counsel others in the ministry of family therapy. Students are also required to complete 20 hours of their own therapy while in the program. The program combines theoretical constructs with practical application both within the personal lives of students as well as in their future professional work.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Psychology department offers three options for undergraduate students who wish to major in psychology in addition to a common core of courses required of all majors. The General Psychology and Industrial/Organizational majors are intended for those students who pursue careers in psychology. Such careers usually require at least the M.A. degree, and this sequence of courses is designed to provide a broad background in psychology and a very strong foundation for graduate study or employment in other fields. The Developmental Psychology major is designed for those students who wish to prepare themselves for careers in various professions immediately upon graduation. A Developmental Psychology major prepares students for careers in such fields as child care, child welfare, family relations, parent education, and programs for older people. Through practica and special projects, a student can acquire expertise in working with a group, e.g. children, adolescents, or the elderly. Developmental Psychology majors completing the Approved Program in Family Life Education earn provisional certification from NCFR upon graduation.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The substantive focus of sociology at the University of Minnesota is to clarify the implications of stability and change within a framework of social action. The intent is to join the rich social scientific understandings of social and individual dynamics with wider issues of public concern. The vision informing our mission is of a proactive civic sociology, which draws attention to significant social issues and responds to the interests of the wider society. This vision of civic sociology is central to the future of the discipline and the departments educational mission. The department is committed to moving its concern with action and change across its multiple activities in education, in research, and in service. The department has seven primary areas of emphasis: Demography & Population Studies; Global, Transnational, & Comparative Sociology; Inequalities & Identities: Race, Gender, Sexuality, Class, Religion, & Nation; Law, Crime, Punishment, & Social Control; Life Course: Family, Education, & Well-being; Theory, Knowledge, & Culture; Work, Organizations, & Networks

Areas of Study
  • Community - Doctoral
  • Community - Master's
  • Community - Undergraduate
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Our mission of preparing future professionals to enrich the lives of others will be guided by the following goals and core principles:

  • Promote sustained recovery and wellness for all individuals and families through a continuum of care
  • Educate scientist-practitioners to facilitate therapeutic change in couples and families
  • Produce meaningful scholarship that is accessible to a wide audience
  • Develop authentic connections with students, colleagues, and community partners
  • Encourage self-reflection, accountability, and growth
  • Embrace diverse individuals and their communities
  • Enhance teaching, research, and outreach through ongoing clinical practice
  • Mentor emerging scholars and foster ongoing development of the science-practitioner model
Areas of Study
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Accredited Institute

The faculty in the Department of Child and Family Studies are experienced practitioners who understand the fields of Family Life Education and the many avenues of involvement and professional practice. Their experience includes teaching the early childhood and child-care settings, working as family life educators, directing programs and schools, serving as professional church workers in educational and parish settings, and practicing as marriage and family therapists. This faculty experience brings a breadth of knowledge and practice that enables each instructor to mentor and facilitate learning with a focus on real-life solutions to real-life problems informed by theory and research.

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

The mission of the Department of Child and Family Studies is to educate and inspire students to improve the lives of children, families, and communities. The department emphasizes a systemic approach that prepares students to become child and family human service and education professionals.

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

Our mission is to prepare professionals and leaders to improve the quality of individual, family, and community life through critical and creative thinking and effective communication.

Whether you pursue a degree in child & family studies or family & consumer sciences education, you will learn through vibrant programs led by faculty who enjoy teaching.

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

The Department of Child and Family Studies at Weber State University has the mission to utilize contemporary educational practices to prepare students to become Family Life Educators who respect diversity, use culturally competent practices, and apply their knowledge to create environments that enhance the lives healthy development of adults, children, and families over the lifespan. We have a very strong Family Studies major that has an applied focus, field experience and job focus at the undergraduate level. This has made a very strong candidate for MFT and other grad programs. Students are very well qualified to work in the social service fields and go on for Masters Degrees.

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

To prepare students for successful careers in the field of Social Sciences concentrating on Family & Child Studies professions.  The focus is on providing a curriculum that promotes competence in the areas of prevention, education, and intervention in the practice of professions that are human-development and social-work related, serving the well-being of individuals,  families, children, youth, and the elderly with a family orientation..

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

The HDFS program is a joint academic degree program sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS).The HDFS curriculum prepares students to effectively engage with families in a variety of service settings, including: early childhood education and services; youth, adult and aging services; human and community-based services and programs; and health care settings. Our program also prepares students to critically analyze complex family issues, advocate for families in schools, communities, and in the policy arena, and address social factors contributing to and influencing family functioning, health, and well-being (e.g., poverty, immigration, family homelessness, family violence). Students are required to complete a 6-credit internship and integrate research training with service fieldwork. Such an experience is a critical component of HDFS student development and will further prepare our students for diverse careers in the human development and family science field.

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The Human Development and Family Studies concentrations are part of the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education. These program areas prepare professionals through study, research, and practical experiences to enhance the quality of life and education for children, youth, adults, and families. Graduates are prepared to assume diverse roles in parent/family life education, child life, early childhood intervention, teaching, research, administration, and other professions requiring knowledge of human development and family life. The undergraduate and graduate programs are connected with the Certified Family Life Educator credential through the National Council on Family Relations and with Early Childhood Intervention certification through the state of Texas. We have had an active Child Life program since the 1980's, and we train public school teachers who certify in Family and Consumer Sciences. 

Areas of Study
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • 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

The mission of the Department of Marriage and Family Studies is to equip students to strengthen family relationships and solve personal and relational problems through child and family services or therapeutic intervention while cultivating Christian leadership and character in each student.

The undergraduate program in Child and Family Services accomplishes this mission through:

  • emphasizing the formation of healthy relationships and the promotion of optimal human development;
  • examining current research and theory regarding the normal issues with which individuals and families must contend as they grow and evolve;
  • creating opportunities for students to design, implement, and evaluate family life education programs; and
  • providing diverse practicum experiences that prepare students for future employment.

The graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy accomplishes this mission through:

  • Emphasizing a Christocentric view of human nature and personal/relational problems within a context of diversity;
  • Providing a diverse clinical training experience;
  • Encouraging development of a professional identity by fostering involvement in the profession of marriage and family therapy; and
  • Creating a culture of research.
Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Ours is a student-centered department offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in family science. Our graduate program offers emphasis areas in aging, adolescent development, couples and family therapy (master's level only), family finance and economics, and family processes (see http://fam.uky.edu/emphasis for more infomration). Our therapy program is fully accredited, and the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential is available for graduates of our bachelor's and master's programs. Within the department we have the Adolescent Development Lab and the Family Interaction Lab, we operate the Family Center with clinical and educational programming, and the departmemnt is affiliated with the college-wide Research Center for Families and Children.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Doctoral
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The mission of the Department of Marriage and Family at Fuller Theological Seminary is to prepare men and women for service in the fields of marital and family therapy, family life education, and marriage and family studies. We seek to accomplish this mission by offering an educational environment that fosters integrity and Christian vision. We prepare Christian men and women with clinical skills and academic training required for licensure or professional certification as marital and family therapists, and for certification as family life educators. The curriculum for the Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy (MSMFT) is designed to meet the academic requirements of Sections Section 4980.36 or 4980.37 of the State of California Business and Professions Code, and the curriculum for the MSMFT program offered at Fuller Arizona was designed to meet the requirements of Title 4, Chapter 6, Section R4-6-601 of the Arizona Administrative Code. The Master of Arts degree program in Family Studies (MAFS) was approved by the National Council on Family Relations as meeting the educational requirements toward Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation through 12/31/2018.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Human Development and Family Studies fosters an understanding of human development and interpersonal relationships through a multidisciplinary and ecological lens, inclusive of biological, psychological, sociological, socio-cultural, and international perspectives. The program recognizes and addresses the central role of diversity and interdependence among families and communities in the process of human development, and promotes basic and applied research, as well as practice, in the service of individuals, families, and society.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • 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
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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