The undergraduate certificate in Family Studies is designed for students wishing to develop or enhance their knowledge and skills related to the provision of educational and support services to families, parents, and children. This 6-course online program examines how the individual's needs and perceptions affect family dynamics, and explores the spectrum from child development to the aging process. A focus on the military family is also provided.

Note: Completion of this certificate does not qualify you to apply for teaching licensure.

Certificate Objectives

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Examine the dynamics and cultural influences, such as ethnicity, within a family unit.
  • Apply theoretical approaches to child rearing in families.
  • Develop knowledge of practical skills for working with children and parents.
  • Identify and examine the aging process and its effects on a family.
  • Explore and discuss strategies and practices of healthy and effective marriages and family relations.

Certificate Requirements (18 semester hours)

CHFD340Family Development3
Select 5 courses from the following:15
Introduction to the American Family
Child and Adolescent Development
Marriage and the Family
Family Resource Management
Family Communications
Families and Social Action
Transition and the Military Family
Total Semester Hours18