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Child and family service student assisting a child during an internship

What is child and family services?

Child and family services focuses on helping children, adolescents, families, and the aging population within the context of family dynamics, marriage, and social well-being.

Why child and family services at OSU?

Child and family services provides employment opportunities in non-profit corporations, community agencies, research laboratories, family life education settings, child protective services, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, and child-care programs. With several degree specializations, students can choose a personalized path, including law, medical and health care programs. 

Career paths

A degree in child and family services offers preparation for pre-professional opportunities and careers that serve community organizations. Career fields and focus areas include:

$508Kin scholarships to undergraduate students

annually awarded by the College of Education and Human Sciences


Professional school preparation

Students prepare for graduate school through a strong curriculum and are accepted into programs in medicine, nursing, health professions, counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work and law.



Students complete a required professional internship that provides valuable work experience prior to graduation and connections that lead to future employment opportunities. The pre-internship course equips students for the internship preparation, interview, and hiring process.


 students hard at work at a child and family service internship

Global learning

Students may participate in study abroad experiences to enhance their learning. Faculty-led global learning experiences are facilitated by multiple departments within the College of Education and Human Sciences.


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