What will I learn?

Child Development Option. The Child Development program provides breadth and depth in the scientific study of child development, along with practical applications in disciplines that require direct interaction with children. It provides an excellent foundation for careers in child care, program administration, or work in health settings and other human services with children. It prepares students for post-graduate work toward a teaching credential, school psychology, or social work.

Family Science Option. The Family Science program focuses on the scientific study of the family relationship context of child and adult development. Courses correspond with suggested content areas outlined by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), including internal dynamics of families, interpersonal relationships, human growth and development, families in society, parent education, family resource management, family law and public policy, and family life education. Graduates pursue opportunities in family life education (e.g., parenting education and relationship enrichment), military family support, and child and family service agencies. It provides an excellent foundation for graduate training in family therapy.

CFS faculty members are highly qualified professionals with advanced degrees from universities across the nation. They bring practical insights and experience to the classroom, resulting from a wide variety of professional activities, research, publications, community service, and consulting.

Which department am I in?

College of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Variable)

Application deadline

1 November 2021

Start date

18 January 2022

Venue

College of Social Sciences

5340 N. Campus Drive M/S SS91,

FRESNO,

California,

93740, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students with High school or secondary and higher secondary or equivalent. For admission consideration, a minimum 2.5 Fresno State converted and weighted GPA is required.

For international students

Admission to the program is a two-step process: (1) admission to the university and then (2) admission to Family and Consumer Sciences or Child Development major.

English language Score: TOEFL – 61 iBT, or IELTS – 6.0 or with 5.5 Band score in each section, or ELS Language Centers - Level 112, or Pearson's Test of English – 45. Application Deadlines: Fall - July 1 and Spring - November 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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