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What Can You do With a Graduate Degree in Child and Family Studies?

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Click here to find out more about the job titles below (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

  • Bachelor's degree is sufficient for entry-level positions.
  • Advanced degrees are essential for clinical and therapeutic counseling positions.
  • Master's degree or Ph.D. is often needed for administrative and supervisory positions.
  • Ph.D. is required for college teaching and advanced research positions.
  • Additional or specialized training qualifies one for higher paying and positions of greater responsibility.
  • Activity Director for Senior Citizen Facility
  • Adoption Examiner
  • After-School Program Director
  • Birth to Three Service Coordinator
  • Camp Director
  • Child Child Care Center Director
  • Child Care Consultant
  • Child Development Coordinator
  • Child/Family Researcher
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Child Welfare Professional
  • Community Parent - Cooperative Coordinator
  • Extension Agent
  • Family Life Counselor
  • Family Life Educator
  • Foster Care Professional
  • Head Start
  • Resource Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher/Director
  • Program Coordinator for Adult
  • Advocacy Program
  • State Child Care Licensing Specialist
  • Teen Parent Educator
  • Youth Program Director

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Pre-School/Day Care

  • Religious organizations
  • Montessori schools
  • Private, public, franchise, and corporate day care centers
  • Private homes
  • Family day care
  • Extended school programs
  • Preschools
  • Head Start programs


  • Federal, state and local government agencies (i.e., Departments of Health, Education and Welfare, Criminal Justice Departments, Sanitation, Fire/Safety, Nutrition, and Cooperative Extension)
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Mental health agencies
  • Military child care programs
  • Overseas child care and education programs
  • Health and wellness agencies
  • Women's protective agencies

Social Services

  • Profit and nonprofit organizations focused on children, youth, families, or senior citizens
  • Adult and child day care providers
  • Group homes
  • Half-way houses
  • Youth services agencies
  • Senior citizens' programs
  • Foundations and funding organizations


  • Public and private schools (K-12)
  • Public preschool programs (e.g., Head Start)
  • Private preschool programs
  • Montessori schools
  • Adult education programs
  • Colleges and universities
  • Programs servicing children and adults with special needs


  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Health and wellness agencies
  • Hospices


  • Organizations geared toward children and family including:
    -Book publishers
    -Professional associations
    -Radio and TV stations
    -Nonprofit organizations

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Organizes collections into categories of: Family Life, Social Awareness and Reform, Arts & Leisure, and Work. Sponsored by Smith College.

"The Alliance for Children and Families provides services to nonprofit child and family serving and economic empowerment organizations. Motivated by a vision of a healthy society and strong communities, we work to strengthen America’s nonprofit sector and through advocacy assure the sector’s continued independence."

Material on accreditation, membership, student resources, conferences, code of ethics, publications. Use Tape Store for AAMFT videotape and audiotape descriptions, then check SUMMIT Local Catalog for holdings.

"AAFCS is the only professional association dedicated to Family & Consumer Sciences professionals. AAFCS strives to improve the quality and standards of individual and family life by providing educational programs, influencing public policy, and through communication. More than 10,000+ members work to empower individuals, strengthen families, and enable communities."

ASA is a non-profit membership association based in Washington, DC dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good.

A large number of web resources for those researching the field of child abuse and neglect.

Full text articles on a variety of topics.

Many excellent resources, including articles and other research material.

Formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families . It includes statistics, case management guides, and more.

Psychological, financial, legal, and other aspects of divorce. Includes articles, professional directory, bulletin board.

Maintained by Child Welfare Information Gateway, this includes State-by-State contact information for a variety of adoption-related organizations and services including public and licensed private adoption agencies, support groups, State reunion registries, and more.

"The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8."

NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. It works to "enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies."

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) provides a forum for family researchers, educators, and practitioners to share in the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family relationships, establishes professional standards, and works to promote family well-being.

Parenting materials for parents and those who work with parents. Sponsored by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education and the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary & Early Childhood Education.

The Kids’ Well-being Indicators Clearinghouse (KWIC) is a tool to gather, plot and monitor NYS children’s health, education and well-being indicator data in order to improve outcomes for children and families. child

Numerous resources directed at parents and parenting.

Various organizations conducting research on aspects of child development.

Lists resources by theme or topic. Includes articles, statistics, and links to conferences, organizations. Includes online editions of the familiar UNICEF publication, State of the World's Children

Statistical data relevant to youth: school, home, health, future, employment, values, violent crime, etc. (National Center for Education Statistics).

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