Child and Family Studies

Certificate in Family Services


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Learn From Anywhere

18 Credit Hours

to Graduate
Cost per Hour


Per Credit Hour

Make a Lasting Impact on Your Community

EKU’s online family services certificate focuses on the knowledge and skillsets needed to provide educational and support services to families, parents and children. The program prepares human service professionals to take on leadership roles and make a lasting impact on the lives of children and families within the community. Earn this credential while completing your bachelor’s degree and enhance your learning experience and career opportunities. 


Benefits of EKU Online

Rooted in the latest research and child development best practices, EKU’s online child and family studies programs prepare students for a variety of rewarding career options as well as graduate and professional school programs.

  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Personalized graduation plan
  • No application fee
  • Reduced tuition for active-duty military members
  • Credit hours that count toward the Child Development Associate (CDA) and can be applied toward your state’s credentials**
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Coursework including child development and family studies that incorporates National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) professional preparation standards
  • Two practicum experiences to help you discover your calling
  • Quality courses from respected faculty who teach the same classes online and on campus
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

**Review your state’s requirements and speak to your advisor about how your coursework may transfer


These instructions are for students enrolling in the online child and family studies program. For information related to the on-campus program, visit the departmental website.

Child and family studies courses require interaction with children and/or the elderly. Therefore, a criminal background check and negative TB skin test results are required prior to registering for some classes. Speak with an advisor for details. If you have a record of criminal behavior or positive TB results, you may be required to drop the course(s) and select another major. In addition, some courses will require Professional Liability Insurance (PLI).

A Growing Need for Child and Family Services Graduates

Find your career


EKU is dedicated to preparing the highest quality early childhood professionals for Kentucky and beyond. EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as child development, organization and administration of early childhood programs, and creative activities and materials for young children.

Degree Requirements

A total of 18 credits are required to graduate. Complete degree requirement information about early childhood director certificate is available in the university undergraduate catalog.

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University graduate catalog.



Bailey Bird

Bailey Bird

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Bailey Bird for information about the EKU Online Child and Family Studies Child Development Bachelor Degree program.

Contact Info:

Application Deadlines


Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A July 5 August
Fall B August 31 October
Spring A November 30 January
Spring B January 31 March
Summer A April 5 May
Summer B  May 31 June


Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

Student Success

Child and Family Studies graduates have options upon options. We can work with the public through educational programs, home based programs, court systems, policy or government. I absolutely love the child development program at EKU.

Kara Canterbury-BrownEKU Child & Family Studies Graduate

Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”

– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate

Heath Bergmann
  • “I can confidently say that — as someone who doesn’t even live in the United States — EKU’s online program has been extremely accommodating and flexible. I can discuss advising appointments over email, and I can have my textbooks shipped to my address overseas.” – Sydney Garner Lewis
  • “After the birth of our first child, I knew I needed to go back and finish what I started,” said McKenzie. “I was happy that I could pick up where I left off at EKU even though I lived in a different state.” – EKU Online student and mom
  • “I chose EKU because I am a unique student with unique needs, and EKU provides an avenue for students like me to succeed.” – EKU Online Psychology student Jason Tate
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