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About the Program
ACU Online’s Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services focuses on learning about optimal human development and relationships from infancy through adulthood. Through this degree, you will be trained to strengthen the lives of children, adults, and families by promoting emotional well-being.
All the Details on Your Degree
Taught from a Christian perspective, our degree program will prepare you 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.
Total: 120 hours
University Requirements: 56 hours
Major: 64 hours (up to 19 hours in electives)
Family Theories: An Introduction
Parenting and Family Skills
Family Crises and Resiliency
Upcoming Start Dates
January 11, 2022
March 8, 2022
Common Job Titles
Youth Services Coordinator
Group Home Worker
Family Resource Coordinator
Marriage and Family Therapist (Master’s degree required)
The Child Life concentration will offer a focus for students who wish to pursue certification as a Child Life Specialist. The coursework will equip students with the knowledge to help children and families overcome challenging and traumatic events in the life cycle of a family.
The General concentration will offer broad exposure to the discipline of child and family services and prepare you for a variety of careers serving children and families. You will be exposed to current research and theory about families and well-versed in developmental theory about individuals and families across the lifespan. This concentration provides you with a roadmap to possible careers in social services and nonprofits. This concentration may also serve as the foundation for graduate work in professional healthcare, counseling, or higher education.
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Sara Blakeslee Salkil, Certificate in Medical Family Therapy
Dr. Sara Blakeslee Salkil is the program director of the online Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services, online Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Certificate in Medical Family Therapy programs. She is independently licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Ohio and Texas and is an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor. Sara grew up in Oklahoma and earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Oklahoma State University. She received her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from ACU and her doctorate in MFT from Texas Tech University. In addition to her academic and clinical work, she is a member of the Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist licensing board in Ohio and a member of the Governance Leadership Identification Task Force with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She also practices part-time.
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