Sharon Ballard, Chair, 108 Rivers Building
The department offers two MS degrees: child development and family relations and marriage and family therapy; a MAEd degree in birth through kindergarten education (BK) and family and consumer sciences education (FACS); and a PhD in medical family therapy. All teacher education degrees lead to advanced licensure. See College of Education for additional information about licensure and teaching requirements for the MAT. Course work and training prepare students for professional practice, research, and administrative roles in teaching as well as in agencies and organizations that provide services and support to children and families. Applicants must meet the admissions requirements of the Graduate School. Completion of an undergraduate degree in child development, birth through kindergarten, family studies, family and consumer sciences, the behavioral or social sciences or closely related area from an accredited institution is required for admission. Applicants may be required to take additional courses as part of the degree requirements in order to make up deficiencies or meet certification requirements. Research and clinical experiences are available through the departments’ child development laboratory and the family therapy clinic. For more information, visit our webpage at www.ecu.edu/che/cdfr.
Graduate Teaching Degrees
The department offers the master of arts in education (MAEd) degree, in the areas of birth through kindergarten education and family and consumer sciences education. Both the MAEd in birth through kindergarten and the MAEd in family and consumer sciences are offered online; applicants to either program must hold a North Carolina teaching license.
A master of arts in teaching (MAT) degree in family and consumer sciences education is available through the College of Education. See the College of Education , Department of Curriculum and Instruction, for degree requirements.
CoursesChild Development and Family RelationsChild Development and Family Relations Banked CoursesFamily and Consumer SciencesFamily and Consumer Sciences Banked Courses