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Family Studies or Child and Family Development

Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Family Studies or Child and Family Development program offers two majors for students to choose from. The Family Studies major prepares students for positions in public or private human service organizations or programs related to children, families and individuals, and the Child and Family Development major prepares individuals to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, and their families in a variety of settings.

This program is offered primarily online, although there are face-to-face course requirements on the main campus in Kalamazoo.

Program Benefits

  • Certification enhances employment opportunities and verifies professional credibility for educators who work with families
  • The Family Studies major offers students a provisional status as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) by The National Council on Family Relations
  • The Child Development major meets State of Michigan requirements for child care center directors. It is not meant to provide Michigan Teacher Certification.