Bachelor of Science in
Child and Family Services

In contemporary society, the definition of family is evolving and the traditional nuclear family has many variations.

In contemporary society, the definition of family is evolving and the traditional nuclear family has many variations.

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Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.

Locked-In Tuition.

Our Locked-In Tuition program guarantees you’ll pay the same price for your entire undergraduate degree.

About the Program

Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services

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.

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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.


Child Life

Required Hours

Total: 120 hours
University Requirements: 56 hours
Major: 64 hours (up to 19 hours in electives)

Example Coursework

Family Theories: An Introduction
Parenting and Family Skills
Family Communication
Family Crises and Resiliency

Upcoming Start Dates

May 4, 2021
June 29, 2021

Common Job Titles

Adoption Counselor
Childcare Director
Youth Services Coordinator
Group Home Worker
Family Resource Coordinator
Marriage and Family Therapist (Master’s degree required)

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Sara Salkil, Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services, Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, Certificate in Medical Family Therapy

Dr. Sara Blakeslee Salkil is the program director of the online Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services program. 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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Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services

ACU’s online undergraduate programs are intended for non-traditional students interested in gaining a bachelor’s degree in an online modality.

To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Be out of high school for at least four years OR matriculate from institutions with an articulation agreement with ACU.
  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit official transcripts of all previous academic work.

Students are not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores.

Graduation Requirements: Students must earn a 2.5 GPA or higher for all courses taken at ACU and at least a “C” in each major course.

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Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).