The Family & Child Studies degree program at McNeese State University is a program that is offered completely online and is offered in an accelerated format to allow flexibility to non-traditional students who have job and family commitments and therefore have difficulty attending classroom sessions during the regular work day.
Online courses allow you to access class information and assignments at a time convenient to you. These online classes are offered in 7 week sessions. This means that instead of the regular 15 week long semester course, classes will be taught in 7 week sessions. For example, if you wish to take 4 classes in a semester, instead of taking all 4 classes all semester long, you will take 2 classes at a time, during an 7 week session. At the end of those 8 weeks, you will follow up with another 2 classes for the remaining 7 weeks in the regular semester. You can take as many courses as you can successfully handle in the time available to you. Advisors are available and accessible to help guide you through your class selection process and for general advising during your time in the program.
You may pursue your BA Degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Family & Child Studies. Many State, Non-Profit, Faith-based and private agencies need specialists in Family & Child Studies to function in social work-related programs such as Adoption & Foster-care; Child Protection; Child Care Supervision; Disabilities Services; Elder Care; Extension Services; Family Counseling; Family Support Services; Health and Hospital-based family programs, Juvenile Justice; Headstart, Parent Education; Rehabilitation Services; Social & Recreational programs; Social Welfare; Youth Development. Staff Roles include Case Worker, Case Manager, Child Care Evaluator, Child-Life Specialist, Elder Care Evaluator, Extension Officer, Family Advocate, Family Group Counselor, Home Visitor, Parent Educator, Youth Counselor, Youth Worker and other similar positions; or self employment such as your own Day-care provider, owner and supervisor. Jobs are also available in the private sector in businesses and corporations that offer social services of any type to families, children, youth, the elderly or the disabled.
Holders of Bachelor's degrees may pursue graduate education to qualify for higher level positions. Relevant graduate degrees are Masters of Social Work (MSW); Marriage & Family Therapy (LMFT); Masters in School Counseling; Mental Health Counseling; Education - Alternate Certification for teaching in high schools or vocational programs that teach Family Life Education and Parenting.
Admission into the Family and Child studies program is reserved for non-traditional students (25 years of age and over), or students who have difficulty balancing job and family with school. See Admission Requirements for more information.
Through the adult learning program, you will be on the fast-track to complete your degree through on-line classes and services, accelerated course delivery, and Prior Learning Assessment.
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