Are you interested in Child and Family Services?
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Why Child and Family Services at ACU?
ACU’s Child and Family Services program is approved by the National Council on Family Relations and offers courses that are pre-approved courses through the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP). Taught from a Christian perspective, our degree program prepares people-oriented students for a variety of careers serving children and families. You will examine current research and theory, and learn to design, implement and evaluate family life education plans.
B.S in Child and Family Services
Find important details about this degree plan explore the track options for this major by visiting the Marriage and Family Studies Department pages of the catalog.
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Child and Family Services (General track)
Yes! ACU offers a minor in this study. You can learn more about this minor by viewing the catalog or explore all of the minors available at the button below.
Consider the wide range of exciting careers available with a bachelor’s in Child and Family Studies.
Certified Child Life Specialist
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Beyond Your Degree
With a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Services, career options are many, including:
- Certified Child Life Specialist
- Adoption counselor
- Hospice/funeral services
- Childcare director
- Youth services coordinator
- Youth camp director
- Aging services/ombudsman
- Group home worker
- Family resource coordinator
- Marriage and Family Therapist (master’s degree required)
- Family intervention/community-based services (abuse, protection, prevention)
Clubs and Activities
Child and Family Services majors gain practical experience through co-curriculars such as:
- Community-based research
- Study abroad
Certified Child Life Specialist
In both healthcare and community settings, Certified Child Life Specialists help infants, children, youth and families cope with the stress and uncertainty of acute and chronic illness, injury, trauma, disability, loss and bereavement. They provide evidence-based, developmentally and psychologically appropriate interventions, including therapeutic play, preparation for procedures, and education to reduce fear, anxiety and pain.
Hollie Young (’05), pictured, is among the first on the scene for children.
Family Science SOC TX Projection
|Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code||SOC Title||2018-28 Projected increase in # of people employed in this classification||2018-28 Projected annual openings||2021 Mean statewide annual wage|
|11-9151||Social and Community Service Managers||25.60%||758||$72,007|
|21-1021||Child, Family, and School Social Workers||12.90%||2513||$49,062|
|21-1022||Healthcare Social Workers (Child Life Specialists)||18.50%||1295||$58,428|
|21-1093||Social and Human Services Assistants||19.10%||3177||$35,950|
|21-1099||Community and Social Services Specialists, All Other||16.40%||416||$34,978|
|25-9021||Farm and Home Management Advisers||14.60%||21||$36,926|
|Standard Deviation||Standard Deviation||Standard Deviation|
|Source: Texas Workforce Commission, https://texaswages.com/Projections|