Individual and Family Studies

Individual and Family Studies-1The Individual and Family Studies concentration in the Child Development and Family Relations major offers a set of core courses that provide a strong foundation for careers in fields such as social services, family planning and intervention programs.

Our nationally recognized program guides students in studying how people develop and how families form with an emphasis on interpersonal relationships, cultural diversity and public policy. We take a cradle-to-grave approach that explores individuals across their lifespan, from birth to aging to end of life. Our faculty members are actively engaged in the most influential professional organizations in child development and family studies, including the National Council on Family Relations, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

A photo collage showing what the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development has to offer. Images left to right include: Students and instructors in the Wes Jordan Athletic Training Complex; Early childhood education students and preschoolers in the Katherine Miles Durst Child Development Learning Center; and a student teacher in her classroom.
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Students gain research skills and get hands-on experience through internships and field experience. Graduates will have a grasp of the basic theoretical and applied knowledge necessary for serving individuals and families. The Individual and Family Studies program is excellent preparation for professions such as family support worker, child/family advocate and case/care manager.

For more information:

Julie DellaMattera, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Development and Education

118 Merrill Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469