Summary: This information describes typical occupations and employment settings associated with this major. Understand
some of these options may require additional training. Moreover, you are not limited to these options when
choosing a possible career path.
Description of Child and Family Development
The Department of Child and Family Development offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary undergraduate
degree. This program provides students with core knowledge and orients them to issues concerning the development
and functioning of individuals and families throughout the life cycle: Infancy, childhood, adolescence, young
adulthood, middle age and aging. The department's objective is to prepare students to gain the knowledge to become
educators, leaders, and professionals within the field of child and family studies.
The General Emphasis provides students the opportunity to select elective courses that allow them to become
Certified Family Life Educators through the National Council on Family Relations, enabling them to work in areas
such as parenting education, marriage enrichment, adoption, or elder care. Other students work with their advisor to
select electives that will prepare them to go on for further education in health fields such as nursing, physician's
assistants, medicine, and occupational therapy.
The Child Life Emphasis is offered as a joint program between our department and Georgia Health Sciences
University. This program prepares students to work with children and families in healthcare settings. Students
pursuing the Child Life emphasis will learn about Child and Family Development issues along with the unique
effects of hospitalization on children and families.
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