Family Studies Specialization
The graduate specialization in Family Studies aims to prepare students to work in Family and Social Service agencies or as Child Life specialists. The Family Studies specialization seeks to train students to be effective leaders in these organizations by providing training in conflict management, professional development, and program administration. Students in the Family Studies Specialization will have multiple opportunities for service learning through collaborative research projects, program design, and a supervised internship.
The Family Studies specialization is a 45-47 hour program. Students typically begin in the Summer term, and will complete the degree after the following Summer. Students may, however, begin the program during any quarter after they have completed an undergraduate degree and been accepted into the program. Students seeking certification as Child Life Specialists or Family Life Educators may need to complete additional coursework to qualify for certification.
CWU Catalog: Family Studies Specialization
*Note: We plan to change the name of the program to "Family and Child Life" beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year, pending university approval.
Apply for the Family and Consumer Sciences Master's degree with a specialization in Family Studies.
For more information about applying, visit the graduate school website.
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