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About Family and Child Studies

Dr. Cathy Gutierrez-GomezOn behalf of the Family and Child Studies Program, it is my pleasure to welcome you to view our program website. We offer B.S. degrees in Human Development and Family Relations, Early Childhood Education and Development, and Early Childhood Multicultural Education Licensure, PreK to Grade 3. We also offer a minor in Family and Child Studies and a BA in Family and Child Studies for Arts and Sciences students. At the graduate level we have M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Family Studies. Our students, faculty members, and administrative staff come from diverse academic and personal backgrounds. We are committed to assisting our students to have excellent academic experiences and a supportive learning environment. The beautiful landscape of the Southwest also provides a myriad of opportunities to our students to enjoy. Please contact me, or any of my esteemed colleagues if you need more information about our program.

Thank you.

Cathy Gutierrez-Gomez, Ph.D.,
Program Coordinator

Vision

Enhancing the lives of children and families through inter-related theory, research, and practice that address the diverse and complex nature of their futures

Mission

Our mission is to foster an interdisciplinary scholarly environment that enables early childhood professionals, family service providers, and researchers in the field of family and child study to

  • cultivate and disseminate systematic information and grounded knowledge about the diverse nature of families in contemporary societies
  • understand and critically respond to the dynamic complexities of human development across the lifespan
  • foster leadership in addressing the multiple facets of early childhood development

Focus

The Family and Child Studies program (undergraduate through doctoral-level) focuses on understanding the complex influences, relationships, and ecologies of development across the lifespan. The program prepares students to promote the optimal well-being of families and individuals, recognizing that characteristics and needs of families change across the lifespan and within multiple and diverse contexts. Families provide children’s first learning environments, which impact children’s education and learning throughout their lives. The preparation of professionals in education is grounded in the deep understanding of families and children. Thus, the Family and Child Studies program makes a central contribution to preparation of professionals in the College of Education. The program provides an option for professionals to become licensed to teach Pre-K to Grade 3 in New Mexico, as well as an option to become nationally-certified family life educators.

Degrees, Certificates, and Licensure

Undergraduate Programs

  • Human Development and Family Relations, B.S.
  • Early Childhood Education and Development, B.S.
  • Early Childhood Multicultural Education Licensure Pre-K to Grade 3, B.S.
  • Family and Child Studies, B.A. for Arts & Sciences students

Graduate Programs

Certifications and Licensure

  • Certified Family Life Educator
  • New Mexico Early Childhood Multicultural Education License, Pre-K to Grade 3
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