A major focus in our undergraduate curriculum is the linkages that children and families have with peers, schools, community agencies, sources of social policy, and varied cultural contexts. Important features include the internships and field placements we provide that allow students to apply knowledge in career-related settings.
There are three options for completing the CFS major. Students may follow the Community Outreach track or select one of two teacher licensure tracks: Early Childhood Education Teacher Licensure at the PreK–3 level, or Early Development and Learning Teacher Licensure at the PreK–K level.
The Community Outreach track is designed for students whose educational and career goals are focused on studying and working with children and families within educational programs, community services, and other professional settings. Please follow the above link for detailed information, requirements for completion, declaration of the major, and additional considerations.
The teacher licensure options are designed for students interested in teaching young children and obtaining a State of Tennessee license to teach at either the PreK–K or PreK–3 level. Obtaining licensure at either level is contingent upon admission to the respective teacher licensure program. Please follow the links above for detailed information on each track, progression and licensure requirements, declaration of the major, and additional considerations.
Minor in Child and Family Studies
Use the following link to obtain information about a CFS minor.
Certified Family Life Educator
Find out more about the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential, including tips for applying and maintaining the designation, with the video tutorial: Family Life Education and becoming a CFLE.
Undergraduate Advising Services
Community Outreach students are assigned to a departmental faculty advisor once they have taken 60 hours of college coursework. Teacher Licensure students (PreK–K and PreK–3) should contact the faculty member to whom they were initially assigned. General advising inquiries for all CFS majors and minors may be directed to Sally Hunter.
Undergraduate Program Highlights
Department Head and Professor
Mary Jane Moran, PhD
Elizabeth Johnson, PhD