Family Studies

Other Information

Graduate Catalog: CFS

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Child and Family Studies

Graduate Director:
Dr. Ming-Chi Own

Program Overview

Early Childhood Special Education Studies
Early childhood special education is a degree program that has been jointly developed with the special education department. This degree is for persons who would like to assume teaching positions in programs for young children who have disabilities or in programs working with parents of children with disabilities.

Child and Family Studies: Family Studies
Family studies is a degree for early childhood family education teachers and other graduate students seeking a family emphasis.

Admission Information

  • Admission decisions are made throughout the year as completed application files are received. A student may start the program fall, spring and summer terms.

Length of Program — Measured by Semesters

  • Part-time student: six semesters taking six credits per semester.
  • Full-time student: three semesters taking 12 credits per semester.
  • The CFS program is designed for both full-time and part-time students. Most courses are offering in the evening with a limited offering of weekend classes.
  • The graduate summer session offerings typically include courses applicable to teaching licensure and professional development. During the academic school year licensure courses are scheduled on weekends and evenings.

Graduate Assistantship Overview

  • Two graduate assistantship positions are generally sponsored each year, and are available both fall and spring semesters.
  • Graduate assistants are involved in research, occasional teaching, provide administrative support, and help with advising, publicity, and computer work. 

Accreditation Specific to this Program

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)