Here is a listing of what some of our recent graduates are doing with their degrees.
Medical Focus: The Child Life Specialist plans activities and programs and acts as an advocate for children hospitalized with a short-term, long-term, or terminal illness. This is an area of emphasis within the program.
Early Care and Education Programs: Administrative positions in early care and education programs in the private or public sectors, e.g., university lab schools, Head Start, corporate organizations, medical centers.
Social/Community Services: Positions related to varied educational and/or intervention programs including publicly and privately funded programs, e.g., children's programs affiliated with homeless shelters, Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory services, Texas Department of Health and Human Services, the Texas Workforce Commission, or the AVANCE program in San Antonio.
Public Education: Faculty member of a Community College, School-Age Parenting Program administrator, or Texas Cooperative Extension Service.
Military Early Care and Education Programs: Civilian positions with both international and US based programs; opportunities for both teaching and administration of programs. www.USAJOBS.gov. The international programs are primarily located in Europe.
Child Advocacy: Work as an advocate for children and families at the state or national level with organizations such as the Children's Defense Fund or Texas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.
Early Childhood Intervention: Programs focused on providing home-based care to high-risk infants and toddlers, e.g., Any Baby Can in San Antonio or Home Spun in the Hays County area.
International Programs: Various positions in education, administration, or social services programs. www.USAJOBS.gov.
Since enrolling in the Family and Child Studies graduate program at Texas State, I have been presented with infinite opportunities to explore my personal interests in research, teaching, community education, and publishing. The intimate and flexible nature of the program allows students to follow their own interests and the freedom to apply themselves through various projects. The professors are accessible, available, tremendously knowledgeable, and ultimately interested in making the program as valuable to the graduate students as possible. I have felt less like a student and more like a member of a team throughout my time in the program. I have been inspired, challenged, and motivated by my professors and my coursework. I've gained a wealth of knowledge and experiences. As a result, I am confident I could enter countless professions in the field of family and child studies.
I chose the Family and Child Studies program at Texas State because of its small size and its focus on both coursework and applied experiences. The professors are caring and attentive to students' needs, the classes are challenging but beneficial, and my classmates are like family to me. Furthermore, the greatest benefit of this program is that it has given me a jump-start into my future career (applied research), for which I am extremely grateful.
I chose the Family and Child Studies program at Texas State because it provided me with a wide range of educational experiences to meet my needs in working with family and child programs. It also fit my work schedule by offering classes at night and on weekends. Even though I had years of work experience in this field, this program provided me with the depth of knowledge I needed to continue my work with families and children in both an administrative and training aspect. I highly recommend this program for anyone working in the field because every class was very applicable to the real world.
-Jackie Taylor, MS
Early Childhood Education Consultant
Choosing to attend the Family and Child Studies graduate program at Texas State was easily one of the best decisions I ever made! The professors were fantastic and were truly invested in helping the students. Not only did I leave Texas State with the diploma I had set out to achieve, but I also left with a wealth of knowledge that I could actually apply to my profession as a Child Life Specialist.
-Jennie Cerny, CCLS, MS
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
I chose the Family and Child Studies program not only for its emphasis on Child Life but also for the opportunity to be challenged academically. This program has strengthened my knowledge of child development and families in order to have an advantage in what is becoming an increasingly competitive field.
Graduate Child Life Intern