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The M.S. in Family and Child Studies / Infant/Child Specialist prepares students for the certification examination in Family Life Education from the National Council on Family Relations. The Certified Child and Parenting Specialist credential is also available to those graduates who successfully complete the required examination and internships.

Master of Science in Family and Child Studies

Infant/Child Specialist

Introductory Video

Student Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate the skills to work with diverse populations.
  • Serve individuals and families throughout the life span in education, prevention and intervention programs.
  • Apply knowledge of family life education research to serve the community.
  • Evaluate programs for the development and maintenance of interpersonal and social relationships.
  • Identify legal issues, policies and laws adequately to advocate for the wellbeing of families.
  • Relate ethical conduct in a professional setting.
  • Apply effective communication skills to work with individuals and families.

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Community & Student Organizations

  • Oklahoma Child Care Resources & Referral Association
  • Oklahoma Counseling Association
  • Central Council on Family Relations
  • UCO Early Childhood Association

Career Opportunities

  • School Age Program Director
  • Director of Child Care Center
  • Head Start Administrator
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Parent Educator

UCO Child Study Center

The UCO Child Study Center, a half-day classroom for young children located in the HES building, provides Family Life Education students with the opportunity for hands-on learning experiences and research on campus. All students in this program are required to complete both internship and practicum hours.