Child/Family Development

Child/Family Development

Child/Family Development Fundamentals

A career in child or family development offers opportunities to improve and enrich the lives of children as well as adults of all ages. At the undergraduate level, UA students have a choice of two degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Child Development
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Family Development

Graduates of The University of Akron’s programs in child/family development work in educational settings, social service and intervention programs, and government, legal and medical programs.

What do you study while earning a degree in child/family development? Early childhood, adolescence, parent-child relations, families living in poverty, family crisis, consumer education, and marriage and family relations are some of the courses in the curriculum.

Our Faculty

  • are talented, caring, highly qualified
  • place a premium on personal attention and excellent advising
  • work side-by-side with students to help turn aspirations into accomplishments

      Akron Advantage

      Hands-on Experience

      Center for Child Development

      Recognized excellence

      All programs in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at The University of Akron are accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

      Real world experience

      • Internships enable students to gain hands-on professional experience and to network within their fields. As part of the undergraduate degree requirements in Child/Family Development, students complete a 200-hour internship at a community site that is chosen with the assistance of their faculty adviser.
      • When they graduate, many of our students have already received job offers because of their internships.

      Family and Consumer Sciences Student Organizations

      Interact with other students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:

      • American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences
      • Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society
      • University Association for the Education of Young Children

      Curriculum Guide


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      For More Information:

      Child and Family Development

      Contact: Dr. Susan Witt

      Career Opportunities

      Graduates in Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education work with students in educational settings, especially in public schools at the middle and secondary levels. They also can be found in such varied settings as:

      • child development centers
      • parent education programs
      • Head Start
      • marriage enrichment programs
      • children’s museums
      • public television stations
        • Children’s shelters
        • drug and alcohol programs
        • retirement homes
        • family services
        • child advocacy programs
        • hospitals
        • community outreach initiatives
        • childcare services for military families
        • information and referral agencies
        • guardian programs

            Career Center

            The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

            • Career Resource Library
            • co-op/internships
            • computer stations for resume writing and employment research
            • UA Career Fairs

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