Course Descriptions

CD 650 Theories in Child and Family Studies
This course is designed to equip students with comprehensive knowledge, skill and understanding of children and families. Students will examine and apply selected theories and research in Child and Family Studies to address current challenges and critical issues important to professionals in the field. Course content can be applied both personally and professionally in order to promote optimal development of children and improve quality of life for individuals and families.

CD 652 Advanced Child Development
The over-arching goals of this course are to explore optimal development in children and assess the impact of a child's early years on life potential. Students will examine similarities and differences in conceptions of child development and connect these varying conceptual approaches to developmentally appropriate strategies. Emphasis will be on professional practice to effectively promote children's development, including literacy and school readiness. Leadership opportunities for family professionals to make a positive impact on quality of life for children and families will be identified and stressed.


FAM 500 Orientation to Child and Family Studies MS Online

Orientation for the Child and Family Studies Master of Science Online Program and graduate level work in general. 1 hr.


FAM 601 Program Evaluation and Assessment
The goal of this course is to explore the skills necessary to effectively design and implement evaluation programs serving families. Emphasis is placed on outcomes within the political and social contexts of these evaluations. Participants will explore opportunities for family professionals to nuture results oriented change.

FAM 603 Parenting Across the Lifespan
This course examines the significant impact of parents with regard to children's development and life potential. Students will explore parenting as an evolving process that represents a privilege, a responsibility, and a life-changing role. Parenting theories and programs, as well as current research in the field, will be analyzed in the context of discovering and building on parenting strengths.

FAM 605 Family Advocacy
This course emphasizes the critical need for family professionals to develop and apply advocacy and leadership skills. Students will explore historical development of laws and public policy affecting families and the role and ethical responsibilities of family professionals. The formation of social values, respect for the diversity of values, and the social consequences of value choices are analyzed. In addition, strategies for effective networking with community agencies are examined.

FAM 650 Individual and Life Cycle Development
The interactional impact of individuals, families and communities is examined from a developmental life cycle perspective. Students will explore and assess the value of the modifying influences of culture, class, gender, and education. Challenges facing family professionals will be evaluated using current research and literature.

FAM 651 Adolescence and the Family System
This course will equip students to integrate theory and research for effective professional practice that focuses on families with adolescent members. Utilizing a systemic lens, students will examine issues important to adolescents, families, and professionals to successfully navigate this significant developmental stage.

FAM 652 Marriage Education
Using a systemic approach, this course is designed to provide family professionals knowledge and skills to strengthen relationships across diverse contexts. Students will explore the impact of relationships on all aspects of the ecological model and apply evidence-based strategies to promote commitment and communication within relationships.

FAM 653 Adulthood and Aging in the Family System
It takes a lifetime to prepare for old age. Students will explore the concept of finishing well based on focused preparation and successful adaptation to aging. Students will gain knowledge and skills necessary for effectively coping with multiple losses associated with aging and optimization of the aging process. Emphasis will be on skills and concepts needed for family professionals to enhance relationships in families with aging members and to identify available resources.

FAM 690 Practicum in Child and Family Studies
The practicum is a synthesis experience that allows students to transform theory and principles into practical application in an approved human services setting. Students will utilize knowledge and skills developed throughout the Master's program to generate new knowledge based on action research conducted at practicum site. Emphasis will be on opportunities for family professionals to serve as catalysts for positive change throughout careers serving children and families.