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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Child Development and Family Studies

The mission of Child Development and Family Studies is to improve the lives of children and families. We provide hands-on experiences to students through involvement in community and professional activities. Specific CDFS courses meet the education requirements for the Child Development permit from the State of California. Please see academic advisor for more information.

Students may obtain a B.A. degree in Family & Consumer Sciences: Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) with an emphasis in Family Life Education or CDFS. The field of CDFS strives to improve the lives of children and families. As an integrative and interdisciplinary specialization, CDFS incorporates information from a variety of disciplines and focuses on utilizing the prevention approach to assist individuals and families.


Career options for professionals in the field of Child Development and Family Studies are wide-ranging; many of our graduates pursue the following opportunities:
  • Child Care Administrator
  • Family Life Educator
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Social Worker**
  • Infant and Toddler Care
  • Preschool Teaching
  • Child Development Consultant
  • Corporate Homan Services Consultant


  • Community Resource & Referral Professional
  • Toy Research and Development Professional
  • Parent Educator
  • Child Care Educator
  • Infant and Toddler Care
  • Preschool Teaching
  • School-Age Program

**Requires a graduate degree

Alumni Quotes

“The classes in the FLE track were helpful for duties related to direct service. FCS 419—Family Life Education —taught me how to conduct a needs assessment and methods to deliver services. ”

- Margarita Harris, Project Coordinator and Parent Educator

“The Department of Family Consumer Sciences has a family feel with the education of a large university.”

- Ann Takata-Saneto, Child Development Consultant

Student Organization

Child and Family Associated Students (CAFAS) is a student organization sponsored by CSULB Associated Students, Inc. Each year CAFAS sponsors a variety of events such as guest speakers, community services projects, CPR/First Aid Courses, and a career fair. Students who become involved in CAFAS have the opportunity to network with other students as well as apply for various scholarships.


Nancy Dayne
(M.A., CSULB). Early Childhood Education and Child Development.

James Koval
(Ph.D., Oregon State University). Premarital, marital and family therapy, marital and family stress coping, premarital and marital violence.

Nilufer Medora
(Ph.D., University of Nebraska, CFLE, Coordinator for FLE program). Teenage pregnancy and parenting, human sexuality, adolescent loneliness, cross-cultural family studies, dating, and mating selection.

Leslie Melton
(M.A., CSULB). Early Childhood Education and Child Development.

Jodi Morinaka
(M.A., CSULB). Child and Family Center Director, Early Childhood Education and Child Development.

Richard Tuveson
(Ph.D., Iowa State University). Childcare and guidance, child development, and family relations.


Application and Admission

Contact the Enrollment Services at California State University of Long Beach (562-985-5471) and ask for the application form and obtain deadlines for filing applications. International students should also contact the International Students’ Office (562-985-5476) for information regarding admittance of foreign students.
Applications accepted in the April prior to the following school year.

To declare CDFS as your major go to AARC.

Choose an advising sheet according to the year you declared Child Development and Family Studies as your major: 





University Catalog

Letter of Your Last Name Advisor
Family Studies
Koval. J.
Child Development
Tuveson, R.
Family Life Education
Medora, N.
Family Life Education
Roy, R.