Child and Family Studies

High quality early childhood education is crucial for all children in order to get the best start in life. Consider a degree in child and family studies, and you can be a major contributor to that process and positively affect the lives of young children and families.

Mission Statement: The mission of the department of child and family studies is to educate and inspire students to improve the lives of children and families by using a holistic approach based on family systems theory.  Faculty members in of child and family studies strive to instill in students a standard of professionalism that reflects scholarship, integrity, diversity, collaboration, service and lifelong learning.

General Information: The child and family studies curriculum provides a broad general education through the university core, multidisciplinary supporting courses and coursework specific to the child and family.  This combination assures students the breadth and depth necessary for success in a variety of rewarding careers working with children and families.  In addition to the general education and college core, course work in child and family studies has a family systems perspective and focuses on developmental observations

A broad knowledge of the child and family is acquired through courses in family systems, communication, psychology, developmental disabilities, computer technology and contemporary issues that affect quality of life.  The curriculum is carefully designed and includes several classes available through online delivery. In addition, a variety of clinical experiences is included and considered integral to students' preparation. 

For additional information, please visit the Gulf Coast Campus website.