Child and Family Studies

College of Education, Health & Human Sciences

Academic Programs: Find information about our undergraduate tracks, three Master’s options, and doctoral degree in Child and Family Studies.
Community Outreach and Engagement: See what students are involved in within the surrounding Knoxville community.
From Local to Global: Explore our national and international research endeavors.
News: View current events, honors, and awards in Child and Family Studies.
People: Read faculty, staff, and graduate student biographies.

A Message from Mary Jane Moran

Mary Jane Moran

Welcome to Child and Family Studies (CFS)! You will learn about the courses we teach, our research programs, the role of our department at the University of Tennessee, and how we provide service to our community, state, children, and families.

Our department prepares students for careers in both public and private domains that focus on children, youth, families, and early learning. A central foundation of our programs is the idea that scientific inquiry provides the most effective means to improve the welfare of children, youth, and families. Much of our curricula and research efforts are structured around focusing on children, youth, and at-risk families.

One hallmark of both our undergraduate and graduate programs is the opportunity for outreach and engagement experiences in area communities. Students complete intensive semester long experiences in a wide range of community placements including mental health, medical facilities, public and private schools, and intervention programs, to name a few. A second category of opportunity is to join a research team of faculty and students. Many of our research teams conduct research locally and globally with immigrant populations, programs that serve young children at risk for learning, and youth faced with the challenges of an incarcerated family member. We invite you to call and schedule a time to visit our programs and faculty.

Links from this website allow you to access information about our undergraduate and graduate programs. Contact Us with any questions and please explore our website to become even more acquainted with the Department of Child and Family Studies!



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