Apr 01, 2023  
University Catalog 2020-2021 
University Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Child and Family Studies

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Engineering and Technology A535
Jessica Dennis, Chair
Phone: (323) 343-4590
E-mail: cfsdept@calstatela.edu
Website: www.calstatela.edu/academic/hhs/cfs/

The Department of Child and Family Studies prepares individuals to understand the relationship between theory, research and practice and to apply this knowledge to issues in child and family studies. Students are prepared to think critically about child and family developmental processes by identifying relevant issues, developing practical solutions and applying and disseminating knowledge. The department prepares professionals in the discipline who seek to improve the quality of life for individuals, children and families.

Child Development, the empirical study of the growth and development of the individual from birth through adolescence, provides a foundation of understanding and skill for students interested in professional careers related to working with children and families. It prepares students for advanced study of child and family development as well as for professional education courses leading to the Multiple Subject teaching credential and Special Education credentials.

Students with a background in child and family development are able to pursue professional opportunities in many fields including infant daycares, pre-schools, and after school programs; elementary school teaching; working with children in hospitals; developing social and educational programs outside of schools; working with parents and families; production of children’s books, films, and magazines; educational television; children’s toys and educational software and games; and child advocacy at local, state, and national levels.

The Faculty

Professor: Rakel Delevi, Allison Fuligni, Claudia Kouyoumdjian Ya-fen Lo, Simona Montanari.
Associate Professor: Edward Lopez, Ashley Munger.
Assistant Professors: Celina Benavides, Brieanne Kohrt, Jessica Morales-Chicas, Su-Jeong Wee.
Emeriti: Rita Ledesma, Marlene Zepeda.

Departmental Honors Program

The child development major includes an honors program for students who have completed at least 16 upper division units in the Child Development core, maintained a minimum 3.5 grade point average, passed the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement, and are recommended and approved by the Child and Family Studies advisers. Applications are available in the Child and Family Studies office E & T 535.

Certificate Program in Child Maltreatment and Family Violence

The Child Development degree offers course work acceptable toward fulfillment of requirements for the interdisciplinary certificat program in Child Maltreatment and Family Violence offered by the College of Health and Human Services. Please contact the Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute for further information.

Certified Family Life Educator

The Undergraduate program has been approved by the National Council of Family Relations (NCFR) to include course work that follows the criteria needed for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Students who complete the courses in the Certified Family Life Education pathway in Option 1 will be eligible to apply to NCFR for provisional certification using the abbreviated application process


Programs for this Department:

Undergraduate Major

Child Development, B.A. 
Undergraduate Minor

Minor in Child Development 
Graduate Major

Child Development, M.A. 


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