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. If you’re interested in learning about optimal human development and relationships from infancy through adulthood, a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Services might appeal to you. Through it you will be trained to strengthen the lives of children, adults and families by promoting healthy development and relationships. These skills prepare graduates to work in healthcare, therapeutic and social service professions.

In contemporary society, the definition of family is evolving and the traditional nuclear family has many variations. If you’re interested in learning about optimal human development and relationships from infancy through adulthood, a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Services might appeal to you. Through it you will be trained to strengthen the lives of children, adults and families by promoting healthy development and relationships. These skills prepare graduates to work in healthcare, therapeutic and social service professions.

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As a child and family services major, you can choose either our general track which prepares you to work in a variety of professional contexts or our child life track, which prepares you to work as a Child Life Specialist. Complete this form to learn more!

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Why Child and Family Services at ACU?

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ACU’s Child and Family Services program is approved by the National Council on Family Relations and offers courses that are pre-approved courses through the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP). Taught from a Christian perspective, our degree program prepares people-oriented students 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.

Program Structure

All the Details on Your Degree

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.

Required Hours

Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services

Department

Marriage and Family Studies

Minor Available

Yes

Application Deadlines

Early Action: November 1st
Regular: February 1st
National Candidates: May 1st

Common Job Titles

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

Beyond Your Degree

After Graduation

With a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Services, career options are many, including:

  • Certified Child Life Specialist
  • Adoption counselor
  • Hospice/funeral services
  • Childcare director
  • Youth services coordinator
  • Youth camp director
  • Aging services/ombudsman
  • Group home worker
  • Family resource coordinator
  • Marriage and Family Therapist (master’s degree required)
  • Family intervention/community-based services (abuse, protection, prevention)

Clubs and Activities

Child and Family Services majors gain practical experience through co-curriculars such as:

  • Service-learning
  • Internships
  • Community-based research
  • Study abroad

Spotlight

Hollie Young working with a child

Certified Child Life Specialist

In both healthcare and community settings, Certified Child Life Specialists help infants, children, youth and families cope with the stress and uncertainty of acute and chronic illness, injury, trauma, disability, loss and bereavement. They provide evidence-based, developmentally and psychologically appropriate interventions, including therapeutic play, preparation for procedures, and education to reduce fear, anxiety and pain.

Hollie Young (’05), pictured, is among the first on the scene for children.

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Family Science SOC TX Projection

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code SOC Title 2018-28 Projected increase in # of people employed in this classification 2018-28 Projected annual openings 2021 Mean statewide annual wage
11-9151 Social and Community Service Managers 25.60% 758 $72,007
21-1021 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 12.90% 2513 $49,062
21-1022 Healthcare Social Workers (Child Life Specialists) 18.50% 1295 $58,428
21-1091 Health Educators 18.40% 355 $54,558
21-1093 Social and Human Services Assistants 19.10% 3177 $35,950
21-1099 Community and Social Services Specialists, All Other 16.40% 416 $34,978
25-9021 Farm and Home Management Advisers 14.60% 21 $36,926
39-9011 Childcare Workers 10.40% 13428 $23,099
Mean: Median: Mean:
16.99% 1027 $45,626
Standard Deviation Standard Deviation Standard Deviation
0.046 4455.72 15773.38
Source: Texas Workforce Commission, https://texaswages.com/Projections