Online Minor in Child Development and Family Relations

Online Minor in Child Development and Family Relations

The online Minor in Child Development and Family Relations is open to all undergraduate degree-seeking students who wish to understand how people develop physically, emotionally, and intellectually throughout their lives. Students learn to examine how relationships form in society and how they can help families in need.

To learn more, visit the Child Development and Family Relations program website.


Courses Courses

The following courses are required (6 credits):

  • CHF 200: Family Interaction (3 credits)
  • CHF 201: Introduction to Child Development (3 credits)


Students must take an additional 12 credits of Child Development/Family Relations courses. Some course examples are:  

  • CHF 311: Creativity and the Young (3 credits)
  • CHF 331: Cognitive Development (3 credits)
  • CHF 351: Human Sexuality (3 credits)
  • CHF 381: Family Resource Management (3 credits)
  • CHF 404: Select Topics in Child Development and Family Life (3 credits)
    Topics include: Conflict & Violence; Cross Cult Pers Violence; ​​Gender & Leadership
  • CHF 431: Parenting (3 credits)
  • CHF 432: Socialization of the Child (3 credits)
  • CHF 433: Adolescence (3 credits)
  • CHF 450: Early Childhood Special Education – Inclusion in the Early Childhood Classroom
  • CHF 496: Fieldwork (3 credits)

Declaring a Minor

Minors are available to current degree-seeking undergraduate students at the University of Maine. Minors cannot be pursued by students enrolled in a certificate program. A minor cannot be awarded unless a degree is earned.

Complete this form to declare a Child Development and Family Relations minor.

Contact Us

Have questions about earning your degree online with UMaine? Contact Tiffany Peterson, Adult Learner Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist, at 207.581.3151 or

photo of Tiffany Peterson

Contact Tiffany

Schedule an Appointment


Our students acquire the professional skills necessary to work with children and families in a variety of rewarding and challenging careers. Recent graduates work in family planning agencies, daycare facilities, nursery schools, elementary schools, family respite care settings, and child development and family service agencies. 


Our faculty have a deep commitment to quality teaching, advising, and mentoring, as well as a variety of areas of expertise, including child development, early education, sexuality, parenting/co-parenting, and clinical counseling practice.

Faculty members have strong affiliations with the following professional organizations:

View Faculty

scholarships available - click here to learn about scholarship opportunities