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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Department of Family and Child Sciences

College of Human Sciences

Web Page: http://humansciences.fsu.edu/departments/family-child-sciences

Chair and Norejane Hendrickson Professor: Grzywacz; Eminent Scholar and Professor: Fincham; Marriage & Family Therapy Program Director and Professor; McWey, Professors: Krantz, Ralston; Associate Professors: Cui, Rehm; Assistant Professors: Blair, Gonzales-Backen, Harris, Kimmes; Instructional Specialists: Greene, Jeter, Scott; Research Specialists: Marín, May, Young-Clark; Clinical Faculty; Greene, McWey, Kimmes; Professors Emeriti: Cornille, Darling, Greenwood, Hansen-Gandy, Hicks, Lee, A. Mullis, R. Mullis, Pasley, Pestle, Rapp, Readdick, Zongker

The Department of Family and Child Sciences is among the top five programs in the country in terms of number of faculty publications and successful competition for federal grants. Research findings are the foundation of an innovative curriculum that focuses on understanding the complexities of daily family life and how children and adults develop across the life span. Graduate training emphasizes translating results from rigorous research into real-world solutions that help children, adults and families. We believe student learning is most effective when it occurs through active engagement in research and teaching.

The department offers a master of science degree with emphasis in Family and Child Sciences. Thesis and non-thesis options are available; the thesis option typically leads to subsequent pursuit of a doctoral degree, while the non-thesis option is typically selected by professionals who will assume leadership roles in community agencies or governmental departments or units serving children and families.

Two programs leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are offered through the department: 1) Human Sciences with a major in Human Development and Family Science, and Marriage and Family Therapy. These doctoral programs are designed to produce the next generation of scholars who compete successfully for faculty positions in human development and family science, marriage and family therapy, and related fields at research-intensive institutions. Both doctoral programs may be combined with a secondary area of study. In keeping with college policy, there is no language requirement for doctoral students.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum admission requirements identified by the College of Human Sciences and the University, the department requires that students submit the following: 1) official copies of transcripts with degrees posted from all colleges/universities previously attended; 2) official Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores (verbal, quantitative, and writing); 3) three letters of recommendation; and 4) a statement of professional goals (for the master’s program) or professional goals and research interests (for the doctoral program). Competitive applicants must have Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores better than or equal to 50th percentile, and a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale for the last two years of academic work. Only applicants for whom a designated member of the departmental graduate faculty expresses willingness to mentor will be admitted to the program. In some instances, supplemental coursework (undergraduate and graduate) may be required for students entering the program from other fields of study or without proper requisite knowledge. Options available to the student are discussed prior to admission to the program. Students entering the doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy must have completed a master’s degree in MFT from a COAMFTE accredited program or a closely related degree. Master’s students are admitted three times a year: Summer, Fall, and Spring. Doctoral students are admitted for Fall only.

Financial Assistance

The Department of Family and Child Sciences makes every effort to provide financial assistance, including stipends and tuition waivers, for graduate students in good standing. Students who request financial assistance typically receive some kind of support throughout their graduate education. Sources of funding include the following: fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, departmental assistantships, minority program fellowships, and scholarships. Priority for departmental financial assistance is given to doctoral students.

Master of Science (MS) In Family and Child Sciences

A minimum of thirty semester hours is required for the thesis option including six semester hours of thesis credit. Students may elect to take the course option and complete thirty-three semester hours including a three-credit special project. In either the thesis or course option master’s programs, three courses, or nine semester hours, may be taken at the 4000 level with departmental permission.

Required Core Courses (ten semester hours):

CHD 5266 Advanced Child Development (3)

CHD 5617 Professional Development in FCS (1)

FAD 5263 Advanced Family Studies (3)

CHD 6261 Theories of Child Development (3)

OR

FAD 6436 Theories of Family Science (3)

Required Research Courses (eleven to fourteen semester hours):

CHD 5915 Methods of Research I (4)

FAD 5700 Applied Research in Human Sciences (4)

FAD 5970 Special Project (3)

OR

CHD/FAD 5971 Thesis (6)

Required Electives (nine to twelve semester hours):

A minimum of nine to twelve semester hours are to be selected from family and child sciences at the 5000 level. Courses at the 6000 level may be selected with the approval of the instructor and major professor. A minimum of thirty semester hours is required for a degree with a thesis. Students who elect to take the special project option must complete a minimum of thirty-three semester hours.

The balance of the coursework in the major is selected by the student in consultation with the student’s major professor and supervisory committee.

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) Programs

The Department of Family and Child Sciences’ doctoral programs offer a unique curriculum that integrates human development and family science with marriage and family therapy. This purposeful integration is designed to enhance communication and cross-fertilization of ideas between basic human development and family science with the clinical practice. All students in both programs must pass a preliminary examination prior to admission to doctoral candidacy and before they can register for dissertation hours. A minimum of thirty semester hours of graduate courses must be selected from within the department, and students must take at least eighteen semester hours in research courses.

PhD Degree in Human Sciences with a Major in Human Development and Family Science

A minimum of fifty-six semester hours of graduate coursework, exclusive of the dissertation, is required beyond the master’s degree for the doctoral degree in human sciences with an emphasis in human development and family science. More hours are normally taken, because programs of study are individually tailored to meet students’ professional goals. In addition to a broad range of subject matter courses, students acquire a solid foundation in research methodology and statistics. The PhD program is an individual program planned by students, their major professor, and supervisory committee. Below is a listing of the required coursework with the balance of the planned program based on the student’s background and professional goals. At least forty-five semester hours of graduate work in addition to the dissertation is required beyond the master’s degree.

Required Core Courses (twelve to fifteen semester hours):

FAD 5481 College Teaching in Family Sciences (2–3)

FAD 5942 Supervised Teaching (1–3)

CHD 6261 Theories of Child Development (3)

FAD 6436 Theories of Family Science (3)

CHD 5617 Professional Development in Family and Child Sciences (1)

HOE 6366 Research Best Practices in Human Sciences (2)

Required Research and Statistics Courses (thirty-nine to forty-one semester hours):

CHD 5912rSupervised Research (1–3)

CHD 5915Methods of Research I (4)

FAD 5700 Applied Research in Human Sciences (4)

FAD 6917 Research Methods in Family and Child Sciences (3)

FAD 6935r Special Topics: Family and Child Development (Topics Vary) (3–9)

FAD 6980r Dissertation (1–24)

FAD 8964 Preliminary Doctoral Exam (0)

FAD 8985r Dissertation Defense Examination (0)

Required Data Analytic Electives (twelve semester hours)

Other Electives (seventeen semester hours)

Students lacking adequate background in FCS may be required to enroll in a series of leveling courses, the least of which include FAD 5263 (Advanced Family Studies).

PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy

The doctoral program in marriage and family therapy, which is one of the oldest doctoral programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) requires sixty-one hours of graduate coursework exclusive of the dissertation. Required courses include substantive content, research methods, and clinical practice and supervision, including an internship.

Required Courses (fifteen to eighteen semester hours):

FAD5481College Teaching in Family Sciences (2–3)

CHD 5617Professional Development in Family Child Sciences (1)

FAD5942Supervised Teaching (1–3)

FAD6916Outcome Research in Marriage and Family Therapy (3)

FAD6930rSpecial Topics: Marital and Family Therapy - Topics Vary (3–9)

HOE6366Research Best Practices in Human Sciences (2)

Required Research and Statistics Courses (thirty-eight semester hours):

CHD 5915Methods of Research I (4)

FAD5700 Applied Research in Human Sciences (4)

FAD6917 Research Methods in Family and Child Sciences (3)

FAD6935rSpecial Topics: Family and Child Development (Topics Vary) (3–9)

FAD6980rDissertation (1–24)

FAD8964Preliminary Doctoral Exam (0)

FAD8985rDissertation Defense Examination (0)

Clinical Practice Requirements (twenty-one semester hours):

FAD6606Supervision in Marriage and Family Therapy (3)

FAD6940rPracticum in Marriage and Family Therapy (1–5)

FAD8944rInternship in Marriage and Family Therapy (1–12)

Data Analytic Electives (six semester hours)

Definition of Prefixes

CHD—Home Economics: Child Development

FAD—Home Economics: Family Development

HOE—Home Economics: General

Graduate Courses

Child Development

CHD 5266. Advanced Child Development (3). Survey of the contemporary child development research literature.

CHD 5617. Professional Development in Family and Child Sciences (1). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. This course is designed to introduce graduate students in Family and Child Sciences to professional development topics in the field of family and child sciences.

CHD 5618. Policy Development and Analysis in Child and Family Sciences (3). Prerequisites: Graduate standing, background in child and family studies, as well as instructor permission. This course surveys local and national public policy issues affecting individuals and families.

CHD 5619. Child Care Issues and Advocacy (3). Prerequisite: CHD 4225 or equivalent. This course examines issues of child care and child well-being within the broader socio-political context of North America.

CHD 5906r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

CHD 5915. Methods of Research I (4). Prerequisite: A graduate statistics course such as EDF 5401 or equivalent. This course explores research design, with emphasis on the development of a thesis or dissertation prospectus. Includes a laboratory to practice data-analysis applications.

CHD 5919 Grant Writing in Family and Child Sciences (3). Prerequisites: Graduate standing, background in family and child development, as well as instructor permission. This course is designed to identify funding sources at local, state, and federal levels. Students review techniques and develop proposals to be submitted to child and family funding sources.

CHD 5940r. Practicum in Child Development: Varied Ages (infancy, preschool, school-age) (3–9). Prerequisites: Background knowledge in child development or early childhood education and instructor permission. May be repeated within the same term but only once in each age level to a maximum of nine semester hours.

CHD 6261. Theories of Child Development (3). Prerequisites: Graduate courses in child development, psychology, counseling, or family studies, as well as instructor permission. Review of current theories of child development.

CHD 6264. Assessment Techniques for Children and Families (3). Prerequisites: Background in child and family studies, as well as instructor permission. This course examines current child and family assessment techniques. Psychometric characteristics of measurements are reviewed.

CHD 6930r. Seminar in Child Development: Topics Vary and/or Ages Vary (prenatal, infancy, preschool, school-age through adolescence) (3–9). Prerequisites: Graduate courses in child development, psychology, counseling, or family, as well as instructor permission. Each age or topic may be taken only once. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

Family Development

FAD 5256. Parent and Child Relations (3). Prerequisites: Background in child and family studies or instructor permission. This course examines current research in parent-child relationships across the life span.

FAD 5261. Families in Crisis (3). Prerequisite: Background in family or instructor permission. Theoretical consideration of persistence and change in families with special attentions to critical transitions in family development.

FAD 5263. AdvancedFamily Studies (3). Prerequisites: Graduate standing, background in child and family studies or instructor permission. This course surveys contemporary research in family studies.

FAD 5452. Human Sexuality Education (3). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. This course examines sexuality through the life span regarding relationship issues and health concerns and also provides sexual-education training for professionals and parents.

FAD 5456. Family Life Education (3). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. This course provides the information and techniques needed to facilitate and evaluate home, school, and community relations through the life span.

FAD 5481r. College Teaching in Family Sciences (2–3). (S/U grade only). This course prepares students to teach in the area of family sciences in a higher education setting. It focuses upon units of study, evaluation, procedures, teaching models and strategies. May be repeated to a maximum of three semester hours.

FAD 5619. Professional Issues in Family and Child Sciences (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. This course introduces students to two major concepts: professional identity and ethical issues in family and child studies.

FAD 5700. Applied Research in Human Sciences (4). This course provides an introduction to the use of statistical inference and data analysis for students majoring in human sciences, using unique examples and datasets that are discipline specific. Laboratory experiences emphasize the use of various analytic techniques.

FAD 5900r. Readings in Family and Child Sciences (3). In this course, topics vary and each topic may be taken only once.

FAD 5906r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

FAD 5934r. Seminar in Family and Child Sciences (1–9). Prerequisites: Background in child and family studies at the graduate level or instructor permission. Topics vary and each topic may be taken only once. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

FAD 5944r. Internship–Family/Child (1–12). Prerequisite: Family relations/child development majors only; Corequisite: Graduate standing. Supervised practical field experiences in various professional settings related to family/child development including human services, agencies, hospitals, educational facilities, and government. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

FAD 5970. Special Project (3). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: Master’s degree student. Open to course option master’s degree students who are near completion of their course requirements. Permission of major professor required.

FAD 6436. Theories of Family Sciences (3). Prerequisites: Graduate standing, background in child and family studies, as well as instructor permission. This course is a review of current theories in family studies.

FAD 6450. Human Sexuality (3). Prerequisite: Advanced graduate standing or instructor permission. Biological, psychological, sociological, and familial aspects of human sexuality during the life span. Emphasis on examining socio-cultural values and norms regarding human sexuality, understanding sexual health and its treatment, and providing sex education and support through helping professions.

FAD 6606. Supervision in Marriage and Family Therapy (3). Prerequisite: Passage of Clinical Comprehensive Examination in Marriage and Family Therapy. This course teaches the fundamentals of marital and family therapy supervision through didactic presentation, supervised experience of actual supervisory practice, and reflective interaction. This course meets the specifications required for the Approved Supervisor Designation of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

FAD 6607. Randomized Clinical Trials (3). Prerequisites: Graduate standing and graduate courses in research methods and statistics. This course presents state-of-the-art methods in the design, implementation, interpretation, and reporting of randomized clinical trial (RCT) research applicable to marriage and family therapy. Methodological controversies, proposed solutions, and ethical issues are discussed.

FAD 6608. Effectiveness and Translation Research (3). This course provides students with knowledge of research approaches that investigate the effectiveness, dissemination, implementation, and adaptation of clinical interventions to communities and populations. Emphasis is given to issues of effectiveness and translation research relevant to marriage and family therapy.

FAD 6916. Outcome Research in Marriage and Family Therapy (3). Prerequisite: Admission to Marriage and Family Therapy Program or instructor permission. This course is designed to provide students with an overview of psychotherapy outcome research in general and in marriage and family therapy (MFT) outcome research in particular.

FAD 6917. Research Methods in Family and Child Sciences (3). Prerequisites: At least one graduate-level research course, doctoral students only, statistics, permission of the instructor. Overview of research methods currently in use in studying individuals, families, and children.

FAD 6930r. Special Topics: Marital and Family Therapy–Topics Vary (3–9). Doctoral students only and instructor permission. Each topic may be taken only once. May be repeated within the same term to a maximum of nine semester hours.

FAD 6935r. Special Topics: Family and Child Development–Topics Vary (3–9). May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours but each topic may only be taken once.

FAD 6940r. Practicum in Marital and Family Therapy (1–5). (S/U grade only). Doctoral students in marriage and family therapy program only. May be repeated to a maximum of twenty-one semester hours.

FAD 8944r. Internship in Marriage and Family Therapy (1–12). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: MFT major status. Corequisite: FAD 8964. This internship provides supervised practical field experience in various professional settings related to couple and family therapy, including human services, agencies, hospitals, educational facilities, and government. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

Other Courses

CHD 5912r. Supervised Research (1–3). (S/U grade only). A maximum of three hours may apply to the master’s degree. May be repeated to a maximum of three semester hours.

CHD 5942r. Supervised Teaching (1–3). (S/U grade only). A maximum of three hours may apply to the master’s degree. May be repeated to a maximum of three semester hours.

CHD 5971r. Thesis (1–6). (S/U grade only). A minimum of six semester hours is required.

CHD 6980r. Dissertation (1–24). (S/U grade only).

CHD 8964r. Preliminary Doctoral Examination (0). (P/F grade only.)

CHD 8966r. Master’s Comprehensive Examination (0). (P/F grade only.)

CHD 8976r. Master’s Thesis Defense (0). (P/F grade only.)

CHD 8985r. Dissertation Defense Examination (0). (P/F grade only.)

FAD 5912r. Supervised Research (1–3). (S/U grade only). A maximum of three semester hours may apply to the master’s degree. May be repeated to a maximum of three semester hours.

FAD 5942r. Supervised Teaching (1–3). (S/U grade only). A maximum of three semester hours may apply to the master’s degree. May be repeated to a maximum of three semester hours.

FAD 5971r. Thesis (1–6). (S/U grade only). A minimum of six semester hours is required.

FAD 6980r. Dissertation (1–24). (S/U grade only).

FAD 8964r. Preliminary Doctoral Examination (0). (P/F grade only.)

FAD 8966r. Master’s Comprehensive Examination (0). (P/F grade only.)

FAD 8976r. Master’s Thesis Defense (0). (P/F grade only.)

FAD 8985r. Dissertation Defense Examination (0). (P/F grade only.)

HOE 6366. Research Best Practices in Human Sciences (2). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. This course covers the areas of responsible conduct of research in the human sciences and the management principles for sponsored research.

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