Start the path to a fulfilling career helping children and families. One of the largest programs in the Commonwealth, Eastern Kentucky University’s Child and Family Studies degree prepares you to make a difference with meaningful classroom experiences and hands-on opportunities. Learn more below.

Degree Concentrations

Bachelor’s Minor
Child Development (non-certification)* Child and Family Studies*
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (birth-kindergarten teacher certification)
Family Studies

*on-campus or online

Admission Requirements

Students are initially admitted to EKU as pre-Child and Family Studies majors. To gain full admission to the program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 45 hours with:
    • 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 with a grade of “C” or better in each:
      • CDF 203
      • CDF 235
      • CDF 236
      • CDF 246
      • CDF 310


Job Opportunities for Graduates

  • Early childhood educator (infant, toddler, preschool or kindergarten)
  • Child care staff or director
  • Developmental interventionist
  • Public preschool or kindergarten teacher (IECE)
  • Family service worker
  • Crisis counselor life coach
  • Parent educator

Where are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Head Start and Early Start
  • Save The Children
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Public and private schools

Scholarship Opportunities

Students in the Child and Family Studies program are eligible to apply for the following scholarships in the Department of Applied Human Sciences:

  • Mary King Burrier Scholarship
  • Roberta B. Hill Scholarship
  • Marva Ann Harris Spirit Award

Career Outlook

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Applied Human Sciences Department:
Dr. Dana Bush
Department Chair
Dr. Tamala North
Program Coordinator