Program Overview

The Carson-Newman child and family studies program prepares you to work in a variety of settings like schools, agencies, homes, community centers and hospitals, promoting positive development in the lives of children and families.  

Small class sizes provide an optimal learning environment. You will also get plenty of hands-on experience outside the classroom in our Child Development Lab. Student organizations give you a place to build leadership skills while also serving the campus and community. The program includes enough electives that you can minor in an area related to your specific interests and career goals. 

Emphasis Areas

Early Childhood Education preK-3 licensure

  • Not only did I receive a quality education, but I also developed as a professional and discerned my true passion.
    Kylie Larkin , 2018 / Graduate Student / University of Tennessee Department of Child and Family Studies
Child and Family Studies Careers

• Children’s services
• Family/parent education
• Adoption/foster care
• Youth and Children’s ministry
• Home visiting and assessment
• Community outreach
• Pre-K - 3rd grade teacher
• School administration

Child and Family Studies Internships

• Department of Children’s Services
• Extension
• Restoration House (Knoxville)
• Destiny Adoption (Knoxville)
• New Hope Children's Advocacy Center (Maryville)

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