Welcome to Child Development and Family Science Program

The programs in Child Development and Family Science Program prepare you with the knowledge, skills, and perspective needed to work effectively with families and children, creating spaces of belonging and learning.

About the Program

We offer undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare students to work with families and children in community, government, and medical settings.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement of the Child Development and Family Science.

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Admission Requirements

How to apply to Child Development and Family Science program at CWU

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Practicum Opportunities

Learning outcomes and useful information regarding the Child Development and Family Science program

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Family Resource Center

Learn about the Family Resource Center at CWU.

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About Us

Child development and family science information

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Why Study Child Development and Family Science at CWU?

In this program, you will gain excellent theoretical and practical knowledge, working with children and families both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to coursework, you will complete a multi-term practicum experience in an organization working with children or families.

Additionally, explore unique opportunities with our child life programs at CWU.

Our child life programs allow you to pursue certification with the Association for Child Life Professionals, connect with child life mentors, and our child life master's program culminates with a practicum experience at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Learn more by visiting our degree pages below.

Degree Options

We offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare you to work with children and families in a wide range of settings.

To learn more about which of our programs is the best fit for you, contact Dr. Amy Claridge.

Learn more about our degree options through our Program Finder.


For general university admissions information, contact the Office of Admissions. For advising information, contact Academic Advising.

Are you a graduate student? Contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research for admissions information.

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