Stephen F. Austin State University

Child Development and Family Living

Child Development and Family Living (CDFL) program at Stephen F. Austin State University is designed to attract students, enhance university visibility, and to prepare students to compete in the 21st century. This degree also prepares students to work in multiple fileds and positions including Adoption Agencies, Youth Programs, Child Welfare, Child-Life, Marriage and Family Enrichment Programs, Gerontology, and Corporate Child Care. Graduates will develop the knowledge and skills to become an asset to many positions within the filed due to the broad training of the program.

CDFL provides an in-depth understanding of growth, change and development of children, adults and the family while integrating a life-span, multicontextual, and family systems approach. This knowledge base has proven to be essential for professional careers and service-oriented professions.

Students are encouraged to joing JCFR (Jack's Council on Family Relations). JCFR's focus is to build networks and help famlies within the community by learning from each other and professionals within relted fields of study. Their mission has both a service and professionalims emphasis.

Degree Plan

Course descriptions are found in the SFASU General Bulletin. Specifically, review information associated with the College of Education.

R.O.A.D. Map

The R.O.A.D. Map (Real Opportunities to Attain Degree) was designed to assist students throughout their educational career to ensure they are on a path to success.

R.O.A.D Map 2014

For More Information

If you are interested in pursuing a professional career associated with our CDFL program, please to contact the

School of Human Sciences directly at 936.468.4502 or one of our current faculty members:

Dr. Marie Saracino


Dr. Lisa Mize

Associate Professor, Program Coordinator

Dr. Jennifer Newquist

Assistant Professor

Dr. Hyunsook Kang

Assistant Professor

Give to SFA!

Considering giving back to SFA's Child Development and Family Living Program?

Any interested party can do so by directly visiting Give to SFA. Step 1: Select other and specifically note School of Human Sciences CDFL Program. Step 2: Enter specific amount to be donated and any specific information such as apply to CDFL Excellence Fund. Step 3: Enter appropriate contact information.