Undergraduates in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies have opportunities to learn about, work with, and develop new knowledge about infants, children, youth, adults, and families. The goal is to provide students with knowledge and skills that will equip them to work with individuals and families in their homes and/or in professional settings or to pursue graduate education in related fields.
- Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs
- Developmental and Family Science
- Family and Consumer Sciences Education
- Human Services
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Graduates have found that their HDFS education provides excellent preparation for a range of professional careers related to infants, children, youth, adults, and families. A vast majority of HDFS graduates hold professional positions in the child and family field.
Most graduates work in early childhood education and intervention positions. These include preschool teacher, special education teacher, family support worker, developmental therapist, and child care administrator.
The second most common work setting is in social service agencies. Here, HDFS graduates serve as counselors or therapists, case workers, family support workers, and social service administrators.
Graduates are also well represented in health settings. They hold positions such as developmental therapist and administrator.
In a survey, HDFS graduates reported being well prepared in their knowledge of child development, in families and family processes, and in their overall preparation for working with individuals and/or families.
More than one-fifth of HDFS graduates of the past 10 years either have completed or are in the process of obtaining a graduate degree in a HDFS-related field such as counseling, child development and family studies, marriage and family therapy, early childhood education, and education.