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Child Development & Family Studies

Child Development & Family Studies

The mission of Child Development and Family Studies is to improve the lives of children and families. We provide hands-on experience 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 an 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 Paths

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 Human Services Consultant

**Requires a graduate degree

Professional Paths

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

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.

Internships