Child and Family Studies

College of Education, Health & Human Sciences

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Child and Family Studies Assistant or Associate Professor Position

To learn about this position, click here for more information.

Seminar series: The Evolution of a Research Career on Children and Families at Risk

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Study Abroad Opportunities


May 24th – June 11th 2016
Undergraduate students can choose to receiveDenmark-city view
3 credits for either CFS 460: Directed Study in
Child and Family Studies or SOC 491: Foreign Study. PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS: The Psychology Department will allow students to petition to count CFS 460 as one of the required 400-level PSYC classes if you would like (or it can count toward your CFS minor). Graduate students will receive 3 credits for CFS 581: Directed Study in Child and Family Studies (graduate credit requires extra ssignments). Honors students may take this course for UNHO 491.

Faculty Contact:
Dr. Heidi Stolz, Associate Professor of Child & Family Studies and Co-Director of the UT Center for Parenting


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Credit will be given for two senior-level classes; one will be in the Department of Child and Family
Studies (CFS 460/497: Contemporary Lives of Children in England and US: An Ecological and Multicultural Approach), and the other in Psychology (PSYC 420: History of Psychology). Students will receive 6 total credits.

Faculty Contacts:
Dr. Elizabeth Cooper, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Dr. Elsa Nownes, Instructor, Department of Child & Family Studies

Going Natural

Last summer, the Early Learning Center hosted its first annual Early Learning Institute, Cultivating Our Natural Learning Community. During the two-day institute, more than one hundred educators from across the country participated in sessions and workshops, focusing on natural learning initiatives. Sessions were hosted at the L&N Stem Academy and World’s Fair Park.


Classroom teachers, nature enthusiasts, researchers, and program directors comprised the varied group of presenters who covered a diverse range of nature-themed topics. Sessions about mud play, gardening with very young children, inquiry-based learning practices, and the benefits of spending time outdoors with children were among the sessions and workshops offered.

For information about next summer’s institute (June 3–4, 2016), visit Article featured in the recent issue of Accolades, Fall 2015.


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