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!
Why Child and Family Services at ACU?
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.
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.
Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services
Marriage and Family Studies
Early Action: November 1st
Regular: February 1st
National Candidates: May 1st
Common Job Titles
Youth Services Coordinator
Group Home Worker
Family Resource Coordinator
Marriage and Family Therapist (Master’s degree required)
Beyond Your Degree
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:
- Community-based research
- Study abroad
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.
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|
|21-1093||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|
|Standard Deviation||Standard Deviation||Standard Deviation|
|Source: Texas Workforce Commission, https://texaswages.com/Projections|