Family Development

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Family Development degree prepares students to work with families, identify needs, and acquire resources that strengthen family functioning. The Family Development Specialist assists the family to gain mastery and control over important aspects of family functioning which include skills in assessing and controlling needed resources, decision making, problem solving, communication, parenting, and child development education. This degree is designed to meet the needs of persons interested in careers working with families in programs, agencies, organizations, and resource centers that provide services to families. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.


Academic Plan Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2019 Spring
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses in the program.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the Required Courses area.
CFS112Personal Growth and Family Relations3
CFS157Marriage and Family Life3
CFS159The Modern Family3
CFS177Parent-Child Interaction3
CFS205Human Development3
CFS256Management in the Family3
CFS257Working with Families with Diverse Needs3
CFS263Child and Family Studies Seminar1
CFS264AAChild and Family Studies Internship (1) OR
CFS264ABChild and Family Studies Internship (2) OR
CFS264ACChild and Family Studies Internship (3)
Students must complete a total of three (3) credits of CFS264 courses3
CFS290AAChild Abuse: Identification and Reporting in Child Care Settings1
ECH288Community Resources and Referral1
FON100Introductory Nutrition3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students should select from the following courses in consultation with the program director.
CFS+++++Any CFS Course(s) except CFS112, CFS157, CFS159, CFS177, CFS205, CFS256, CFS257, CFS263, CFS264AA, CFS264AB, CFS264AC and CFS290AA1-9
ECH+++++Any ECH Course(s) except ECH2881-9
PSY123Psychology of Parenting3
PSY240Developmental Psychology3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 25
General Education CoreCredits: 15
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the First Year Composition area
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area.
Critical ReadingCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Critical Reading area.
MathematicsCredits: 3
MAT112Mathematical Concepts and Applications OR
equivalent by assessment OR
satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematical course3
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
EDU/ENH291Children's Literature
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3) OR
SOC101Introduction to Sociology (3)
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences area.
  • Assess families' needs and problems, and communicate with families about their needs and problems. (CFS112, CFS157, CFS159, CFS256, CFS257)
  • Define and analyze all major dimensions of marriage and the family as social and interpersonal systems. (CFS157)
  • Promote positive parent/child interaction by recognizing the child's developmental needs. (CFS177, CFS205)
  • Recognize and refer problems in health and behavior. (CFS205, CFS290AA, ECH288)
  • Set goals with families. (CFS256, CFS264AA, CFS264AB, CFS264AC, ECH288)
  • Link families with available existing services, and facilitate their use of these community services. (CFS257, CFS264)
  • Prepare for employment in a professional family resources environment. (CFS263)
  • Assist families to overcome their crisis mode, and teach living skills. (CFS256, CFS257, CFS264AA, CFS264AB, CFS264AC, FON100)
  • Plan and initiate food programs that reflect knowledge of local, state, and/or federal regulations and child nutrition. (FON100)

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