Minor in Child Development and Family Relations

Minor in Child Development and Family Relations

The University of Maine offers child development and family relations students a chance to study with internationally known experts in the field. Our students work within the community of the College of Education and Human Development, which boasts small class sizes and close faculty interaction. At the same time, they are able to take advantage of the vast resources available at Maine’s largest and most comprehensive university. Undergraduate research is a focus at UMaine, and our students have the opportunity to work on such projects as social development studies, nature playground development and best practices in curriculum.

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The minor in Child Development/Family Relations is 18 credits and consists of CHF 200, CHF 201, and 12 additional credits of CHF courses, 9 of which must be taken at UMaine. Students must earn a minimum grade of C (2.0) in CHF 200 and CHF 201, and the overall GPA for the 18 CHF credits must average a C (2.0). No more than three credits of CHF 409 Special Topics in Child Development/Family Relations and no more than three credits of CHF 496 Field Experience in Child Development/Family Life may be used toward the minor.

Core Courses (6 credits)

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


Minors are available to current degree seeking undergraduate students at the University of Maine.

Enrollment is open to all undergraduate students at the University of Maine and there are no admissions requirements beyond those of the college a student is entering.

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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 service agencies. Graduates of the professional program also have found positions in such diverse areas as employee assistance, recreation, parent education, and intervention programs. Graduates of the early childhood education program are prepared to teach, and they often go on to graduate study in early literacy, special education, early intervention, educational leadership, counselor education or social work.


Child development and family relations faculty have a deep commitment to quality teaching, advising and mentoring. Several professors have been recognized with University of Maine outstanding teaching awards. Our faculty members frequently publish their research in books and national and international journals.

Their areas of research are varied and include college students’ attitudes and behaviors, early childhood literacy and math, teaching methods to help students succeed in school, family relationships in their varied forms, and support for families with children with disabilities. Our faculty members serve on the editorial review boards of research and professional practice journals. All faculty members present regularly at national and international conferences and are active in state and national organizations representing their profession.

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