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  • Family and Child Ecology

  • Contact:
  • 13 Human Ecology Building
    Department of Family and Child Ecology
    Michigan State University (MSU)
    East Lansing, MI 48824
    United States
    Phone: 517-353-5248

  • Degrees Granted:
  • Masters, Doctorate

  • Programs offered:
  • On-campus, Online
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  • Description:
  • Family and child ecology fosters an understanding of human development through a multidisciplinary and ecological lens, inclusive of biological, psychological, sociological, socio-cultural, and international perspectives. The program recognizes and addresses the central role of diversity and interdependence among families and communities in the process of human development, and promotes basic and applied research, as well as practice, in the service of individuals, families, and society.

    M.A. - Child Development: prepares professionals for leadership roles in teaching, administration, and other fields related to children and families, as well as advanced graduate study emphasizing current child development research.

    M.A. - Family Studies: focuses on theory and research as well as the preparation of professionals for family life education, community programs, and advanced graduate study in family science.

    M.A. – Youth Development: The Master of Arts in Youth Development is a collaborative, multi-institutional program offered totally online and is focused on positive development of youth in their homes, communities, and society.

    M.S. - Community Services: prepares the graduate for understanding and playing an effective role in community institutions providing human services for families and their members across the life course. Research and internship experiences involve community agencies as field laboratories for students.

    Ph.D. – Family and Child Ecology: emphasizes human development and family dynamics across the life course. Families and individuals are studied in the context of multiple systems, including schools, communities, and health care systems. Emphasis is placed on resilience and positive development, and diversity is a core value of the program. There are 3 specializations within the Ph.D. FCE program:
    1) Child Development – a flexible program focusing on meeting professional needs
    2) Family Studies – a flexible program focusing on meeting professional needs
    3) Marriage and Family Therapy - a curriculum established by COAMFTE, which is designed to prepare scholars to do research, teach, and supervise in a variety of academic, clinical, and healthcare settings.

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