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About

Welcome to the Department of Child and Family Studies at Weber State University, where you’ll discover tools for working successfully with families and children.

Mission

Our mission is to use contemporary educational practices to prepare students to become early childhood and family life educators who respect diversity, use culturally competent practices, and apply their knowledge to create environments that enhance the healthy development of adults, children, and families over the lifespan.

Degree Programs

Our department offers multiple degree programs:

Students majoring in Family Studies are eligible to apply for national certification as a provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) upon graduation. Early Childhood and Early Childhood Education candidates are trained in a program accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to teach pre-kindergarten through primary grades.  In addition, students have options to pursue a Minor in Family Studies, Minor in Child Development, and various certification programs in our department.  

Other Programs

Our department operates the Melba S. Lehner (MSL) Children’s School and Charter Academy, two NAEYC accredited laboratory programs that serve children one through six years and offer university students and faculty field experience and research opportunities. The Care About Childcare program housed in our department is sponsored by the Utah State Office of Childcare to offer support for families and childcare providers in the Northern Utah area.

Faculty and students are actively engaged in the community through outreach activities. Our department hosts the Families Alive Conference every two to three years. The Child and Family Studies Community Advisory Board serves as a vital link between educators, students, and practitioners in the field. In addition, the Child and Family Studies Student Association (CFSSA) is very active on campus and in our community, providing hundreds of hours of service.