Child and Family Studies

College of Health Sciences
Students interacting with a child

Degree Options

On-Campus Degrees & Certificates

  • B.S. in Child Development (non-certification)
  • B.S. in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (certification)
  • B.S. in Family Studies
  • Minor in Child and Family Studies

Online Degrees & Certificates

Who Would be Interested in Child and Family Studies?

You should explore a career in Child & Family Studies if you:

  • Thrive on challenges and change
  • Are energetic and enthusiastic and energized by being around others
  • Are a problem solver and a critical thinker
  • Want to improve the quality of life for others

Why Child and Family Studies?

  • As one of the largest programs in the Commonwealth, Child & Family Studies at EKU is committed to balancing classroom experiences with real life application through numerous opportunities in service learning, field observations and participation, and practicum and student teaching experiences.
  • Students learn the importance of human development and cultural and environmental influences and how it contributes to life satisfaction and family well-being.
  • A career in Child & Family Studies empowers students to positively impact children and families and promote happy and healthy relationships.

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Admission and Progression Requirements for Child & Family Studies Options Child Development and IECE:
All students who are accepted by EKU's Admissions Office and declare their major as Child and Family Studies are admitted to the University as pre-Child and Family Studies majors. However, admission to the pre-Child and Family Studies program does not guarantee admission to the Child and Family Studies program. To be admitted to the Child and Family Studies program, the following criteria must be met:

  • Minimum of 45 hours with a 2.75 overall GPA and an ACT of 18 or 3.2 overall GPA and an ACT of 17
  • GPA of 3.0 in the following courses CDF 203, 235, 236, 246, 310 with a grade of "C" or better in each course

Once these requirements have been met, the student must apply to the Child and Family Studies Program Director for a change from the pre-Child and Family Studies program to the Child and Family Studies program.

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Head Start and Early Start
  • Save The Children
  • Non-profit Agencies
  • Public & Private Schools

How Do I Get More Information?

On-Campus Program Information
Contact Dr. Dana Bush, Department Chair, 859-622-3445
Contact Dr. Lisa Gannoe, Program Coordinator

Online Program Information
Bailey Bird, Online Enrollment Advisor