Welcome

Jeff Hinton, Ph.D., LMFT, Chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies

Welcome to the Department of Child and Family Studies! Our faculty consists of highly qualified child and family professionals who are dedicated to excellence in the areas of teaching, service and research. The CFS faculty is dedicated to providing our students with individual attention, quality advisement and exemplary instruction.  Our undergraduate programs are accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and our graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). 

The mission of the Department of Child and Family Studies is to educate and inspire students to improve the lives of children, families and communities. The department emphasizes a systemic approach that prepares students to become child and family human service and education professionals. All students in the department participate in hands-on learning activities through laboratory and practicum experiences at the University Center for Child Development, the University Clinic for Family Therapy and/or other approved community sites. The Department offers academic programs that prepare future pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers and health and human service professionals for challenging and rewarding careers.  

The Bachelor of Science degree in child and family studies offers two emphasis areas that prepare students for exciting professional careers working with children and families in a wide array of human service and educational settings or for advanced graduate study. The Department of Child and Family Studies offers two graduate degree programs.  The Marriage and Family Therapy (MS) Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education and the Child and Family Studies (MS) Program is offered fully online.

If you have any questions regarding our Department or degree programs, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best Wishes

W. Jeff Hinton, PhD, LMFT
Chair