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Estimated Completion

120 credit hours (4 years)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Undergraduate Studies1
  • 1This program will not be offered until the Fall 2018 semester.


Locations Available

1Admission to the off-campus locations such as Fort Worth, Midlothian, Waco, and Online require a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours, a 2.0 GPA and that a student be TSI complete.



B.A.A.S. Child and Family Studies


The B.A.A.S. in Child and Family Studies offers a flexible program that allows students to utilize their workforce training and experience toward obtaining their degree. Most courses taken for the A.A.S. in Child Development are transferable as well.

Jump Right In

Students can obtain up to thirty-three hours of workforce credit toward their degree through three avenues: workforce-based college credit hours (such as CDEC courses) will transfer, each year of documented work experience at a licensed childcare facility counts toward workforce credit, and documented training hours can count towards workforce credit.

Designed With You in Mind

Our program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation of knowledge, leadership skills, and cultural competence to work with children and families. This is a hybrid/blended program with courses offered in a face-to-face, hybrid, or online setting, with all CHFS courses offered online at least once every two years to serve our outreach students.


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Field Observations and Experiences

Early in the course sequence, students will spend time observing and assessing children in child care settings. Later in their coursework, students will work directly with teachers and children to gain first-hand experience prior to entering their internship semester.

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Internship Opportunities

CHFS students complete a 225 hour semester-long internship working with children and families. Internship placements vary widely and can include childcare centers, early childhood intervention agencies, advocacy organizations, adoption/foster care agencies, and hospital settings.

Career Services

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • Handshake
  • Mock Interviews
  • Resume Assistance
  • Business Etiquette Dinners

And much more!

Program Objectives

The goals of the Child and Family studies program at Tarleton State University are to:

  • Provide students with a strong foundation for working with children and families in a variety of capacities.
  • Promote diversity and multicultural education.
  • Tailor each student’s education to their desired career.
  • Enhance each student’s writing and critical thinking skills.
  • Use and model best practices in all areas of our program.
  • Continue to grow and learn as a faculty so that students get the most current information and best experience possible for their career.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
CHFS 3300 Child Development
CHFS 3305 Management of a Licensed Childcare Facility
CHFS 3315 Concept Development in Early Childhood
CHFS 3344 Creative Arts and Literature for Children
CHFS 4309 Parenting
CHFS 4317 Environments in Early Childhood
KINE 3380 Adapted Physical Activity
SOCW 3303 Social Work in Diverse Populations

For a full list of courses, please refer to this degree's advising guide.

Facilities and Features

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Texans Assisting Parenting Students

The TAPS program provides resources for students who are also parents on the Stephenville and Fort Worth campuses. Family-based activities for parenting students are held throughout the year.

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Service Day

Each spring, the CHFS program hosts at least two Service Day projects that benefit children and families in many communities. Students on the Stephenville campus will have the opportunity to perform service in person, and distance learners are offered a project that allows them to participate near where they live.

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The CHFS Club provides opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to socialize, provide community service, and learn more about the overall field of child and family studies.