Human Development and Family Science, B.S.

Human Development and Family Science

Develop workshops and programs to work with families and improve their quality of life.

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Human Development and Family Science, B.S.

Human Development and Family Science is offered through the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences at MTSU.

The curriculum leading to a major in Human Development and Family Science is designed primarily for preparation in broad areas of the field. Electives may be used to build strong combinations with other fields of interest.

Human Development and Family Science is a nationally approved program that offers preparation for a student to become a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Completion of this program leads to career opportunities with family life education, social service agencies, day care programs (care giving and administration), crisis intervention programs, and senior citizen services; in business as consultants; in medical settings as child life specialists; and as advocates for children and families.

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Samantha Weir wins Athena YP award

Samantha Weir wins Athena YP award

Congratulations to Samantha Weir for winning the Athena YP! Samantha has only been a member since August of 2022 and has already been nominated for this prestigious award. To meet the criteria, the nominee must have achieved the highest level of professional excellence, contributes time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assists others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential. Some benefits of being involved in Athena are, creating leadership opportunities for women, empowering other women leaders, networking opportunities within the community and media coverage that can result in exposure for businesses and organizations. The mission of Athena International is to develop, support and honor girls and women from the classroom to the boardroom, building a global pipeline of women leaders. You can find more information about this organization here.

Students win at Scholars Week

Students win at Scholars Week

Congratulations to CDFS students on your win at Scholars Week! Students in Dr. Oldham's Family Life Education (FLE) Program Development and Evaluation course engage in a rigorous literature review to develop a community education program designed to support individual and family well-being. This group developed a program to support adolescents and their families after a primary guardian had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. They won third place for in the College of Behavior and Health Science on the presentations of their prospective FLE program at MTSU's 2023 Scholars Week.

News Briefs

Samantha Weir wins Athena YP award

Congratulations to Samantha Weir for winning the Athena YP! Samantha has only been a member since August of 2022 and has already been nominated for this prestigious award. To meet the criteria, the nominee must have achieved the highest level of professional excellence, contributes time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assists others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential. Some benefits of being involved in Athena are, creating leadership opportunities for women, empowering other women leaders, networking opportunities within the community and media coverage that can result in exposure for businesses and organizations. The mission of Athena International is to develop, support and honor girls and women from the classroom to the boardroom, building a global pipeline of women leaders. You can find more information about this organization here.

Students win at Scholars Week

Congratulations to CDFS students on your win at Scholars Week! Students in Dr. Oldham's Family Life Education (FLE) Program Development and Evaluation course engage in a rigorous literature review to develop a community education program designed to support individual and family well-being. This group developed a program to support adolescents and their families after a primary guardian had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. They won third place for in the College of Behavior and Health Science on the presentations of their prospective FLE program at MTSU's 2023 Scholars Week.

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CAREERS

With the opportunity to learn about the entire family, individuals who choose to major in Human Development and Family Science find career opportunities in many settings. Students who choose to pursue the nationally approved program that allows one to become a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) may find opportunities in family life education, social service agencies, day care programs, crisis intervention programs, and senior citizen services. The demand for those with people-oriented skills is expected to increase in the coming years. Additional career options include adoption and/or foster care worker, behavior modification specialist, human development and family advocate, childcare provider and administrator, child life specialist, family and child case worker, youth counselor, and elder care advocate or administrator. 

Examples of career options include:

  • Adoption and/or foster care worker
  • Behavior modification specialist
  • Child Development and family advocate
  • Child care provider and administrator
  • Child life specialist
  • Crisis intervention service provider
  • Early intervention specialist
  • Elder care advocate, service provider, or administrator
  • Family and child case worker
  • Family and consumer sciences extension agent
  • Family life educator
  • Family resource and support center professional
  • Social services director
  • Youth counselor

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Adam's Place
  • Bethany Christian Services (adoption)
  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Rutherford Co.
  • Child Advocacy Center
  • Community Care of Rutherford County
  • Division of Children's Services
  • Eden Alternative
  • Head Start
  • Kids R Kids
  • LeBonheur Children's Hospital
  • Middle Tennessee State University: University College; College of Behavioral and HealthSciences
  • Murfreesboro Domestic Violence Program
  • Special Kids
  • Stones River Manor Assisted Living
  • Sunnington Assisted Living
  • Tennessee Early Intervention System
  • University of Tennessee Extension
  • Youth Villages

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