Sharon Ballard, Interim, Chair, 108 Rivers Building
The Department of Child Development and Family Relations offers programs that prepare students to work with children and families in educational, governmental, community, and child health fields.
Early Childhood Education and Child Development
The department has two options in early childhood education: teacher licensure and child development/early intervention. Students interested in working with young children in public schools may choose the birth through kindergarten education (BK) program. Students interested in working with agencies that provide education and services to young children such as early intervention, Head Start, developmental day, and exceptional children programs may choose the family and community services program (child development/early intervention option).
Family Studies and Consumer Science
The department has two options in family studies. Students interested in teaching about children, families, and consumer issues in middle and high schools may chose the family and consumer science education program. Students interested in working with families in community, governmental, and family services programs may consider the family and community services program (family studies option).
Students complete course work in partial fulfillment of the Family Life Education Certification from the National Council on Family Relations, the Infant-Toddler Program Personnel Certification from the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Child Life Certification from the Association for the Care of Children’s Health, and teacher licensure in family and consumer sciences education and birth-kindergarten teacher education from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
CoursesChild Development and Family RelationsFamily and Consumer Sciences