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July 13, 2006

NC State, UNCG to offer joint master's degree for parent education

This fall, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will join forces to offer a Master of Science degree in human development and family studies with a concentration in family life and parent education. The degree program will be offered jointly in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in NC State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and UNCG's Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the School of Human Environmental Sciences.

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors recently approved establishment of the joint 34-hour degree program, which will begin in August.

Students in the program will be dually enrolled in both institutions and will participate in the benefits offered to students at both. The program will be open to students with a variety of undergraduate majors - including early childhood education, psychology, sociology and human development - who also have an interest in parenting education.

Dr. Karen DeBord, professor and child development specialist in NC State's Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, said there is a growing need for professionals trained as parent and family educators. Courts, local governments, community agencies and schools increasingly refer clients to parenting education programs.

"We need to help build capacity in this field," DeBord said. "This will help give professionals in the field a place to get the knowledge they need to teach parents and be supportive of families based on best practices in the field."

"We are excited about this opportunity to collaborate with NC State on this program that will help improve the lives of North Carolina families," said Dr. Anne Fletcher, Family Life and Parent Education Program adviser at UNCG.

Although the deadline to apply to the program for the fall semester has passed, interested students may be able to enroll in classes as non-degree-seeking students and apply the credit toward the degree. New applications to the graduate program will be reviewed in the coming academic year. Application may be made directly to the graduate schools at either NC State or UNCG. For more information on the family life and parent education degree program, visit
www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/fcs/masters or www.uncg.edu/hdf.

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Posted by Natalie at July 13, 2006 01:26 PM