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Family and Child Studies, B.S. or B.A.

Major/Minor: Family and Child Studies (FCS)
Degree: B.S. or B.A.*
*For students from Arts & Sciences

Department: Individual, Family, and Community Education
Program: Family and Child Studies
Licensure Preparation Option: Pre-K to Grade 3

Concentrations:

  • Human Development and Family Relations
  • Early Childhood Education and Development
  • Early Childhood Multicultural Education Licensure Pre-K to Grade 3

Description:

The Family and Child Studies program 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. The concentration in Human Development and Family Relations offers an option to become a nationally-certified family life educator.

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. For those interested in Early Childhood Education, the program offers two concentrations: Early Childhood Education and Development and Early Childhood Multicultural Education Licensure Pre-K to Grade 3 in New Mexico.

Program Requirements

Programs of Study for each of the four undergraduate options are available from the program office in Simpson Hall.

Family and Child Studies, B.S.

Early Childhood Multicultural Education PreK-3 Licensure

  • 74 credits
  • Prepares professionals in education, through a curriculum grounded in the deep understanding of families and children
  • Student teaching required
  • New Mexico Professional Licensure Pre-K to Grade 3

Early Childhood Education & Development

  • 69 credits
  • Prepares professionals in education, through a curriculum grounded in the deep understanding of families and children

Human Development & Family Relations

  • 67 credits
  • OR 49 credits + Minor
  • Prepares students to promote the optimal well-being of families and individuals, recognizing that characteristics and needs change across the lifespan and within multiple and diverse contexts
  • Option to become nationally-certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)

Family and Child Studies, B.A.

Family and Child Studies

  • Major: 36 credits
  • Minor: 18 credits
  • Prepares students to promote the optimal well-being of families and individuals, recognizing that characteristics and needs change across the lifespan and within multiple and diverse contexts
  • Option to become nationally-certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)