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.
The Child and Family Studies major is an approved Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) program, recognized by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).
There are more than 60,000 children in foster care in the United States. Child and family specialists are a big part of providing support for foster families and helping at-risk children through family education, healthcare and community programming.
• 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
• Department of Children’s Services• Extension• Restoration House (Knoxville)• Destiny Adoption (Knoxville)• New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center (Maryville)
Not only did I receive a quality education, but I also developed as a professional and discerned my true passion.
Our Child Development Lab serves as an on-site preschool as well as a training site for students. Practical experience in the lab is incorporated into numerous coursework assignments as you extend learning to real-life context.