Family Studies Program Overview
The Family Studies option provides students with an extensive background in individual and family development and family interactions. The focus is on reciprocal relationships between individuals, families, communities and the larger society. Graduates are ready to work in professions that enhance the lives of individuals and their families.
Students are encouraged to network through professional organizations such as:
- The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
- The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
- Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
Childcare and Administration Pattern A:
The Childcare and Administration Pattern is for students who desire a career in early childcare systems. This program meets requirements for certification by the State of California Department of Education, Child Development Division.
Family Services Pattern B:
The Family Services Pattern is for students who wish to work in social services or other helping professions.
Students may apply their newly acquired professional skills at the Child and Family Studies Center located on campus. The highly acclaimed program is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Education Programs (NAECE).
Career opportunities are extensive. Our graduates have found rewarding careers such as:
- Children's Program Administrators
- Childcare Providers and Administrators
- Foster Parent Trainers and Administrators
- Adoption Services Directors
- Family Services Coordinators
- Family Resource and Referral Counselors
- Child Development Specialists
- Family Advocates
- Intergenerational Care Specialists
- Parent and Family Life Educators
- Corporate Childcare Consultants
- Community Service and Social Workers