In the Child & Family Life Education Center we believe in childhood. It is a temporary state of being that holds the promise of adolescence and emerging adulthood.
The Child & Family Life Education Center functions as the practicum site for the Department of Human Services (HSL) courses and serves families with young children by providing enrichment for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers up to kindergarten age.
Students in the Department of Child & Family Life Education Center are able to engage in research early in their college career which results in meaningful research and outcomes, participation in professional conferences and publications, thus preparing them to move into their selective fields upon degree completion.
Our students have a broad variety of paid and non-paid, unique and traditional internship opportunities available to them. While our students continue to intern at local sites such as Fox Ridge State Park, Douglas-Hart Nature Center and Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, newer partnerships and internship opportunities include participation and training in research at the City of Charleston Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Dr. Gordon Grado Pre-Medicine Internship Program.
All courses for students majoring in the Child & Family Life Education Center are taught by research active faculty. You’ll be able to meet and work with professional faculty early in your educational career. With small class size and a myriad of practical and field based experiences, you will leave Eastern Illinois University well prepared and well prepared in your field.