human development and family studies

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Bachelor of Science in HDF

Field Experiences

A unique characteristic of our program is that it provides you with direct hands on experience involving a gradual exposure to the HDF professional world. You will begin in your first semester of studies by learning about career opportunities in human development. Next you will select two early field experience options that match your interest in a specific developmental phase(s) of the life span such as adolescence, young children, or adults. During your final year, you will conclude your professional preparation with an intensive senior field experience that includes a seminar focused on applying and integrating theory to professional practice.

Introductory Field Work Experience

HDF 180 (1 credit): Personal and Career Development – Provides students with an opportunity to participate in activities that help them match personal characteristics and interests with the choice of a career. This course provides students with a glimpse of careers in settings that employ professionals trained in human development and family studies.

Early Field Work Experiences

At this level, students choose two courses, representing different periods of development within the lifespan. These 4 credit courses  consist of a 3 hour weekly seminar coupled with a 3 hour practicum placement.

Choices include:

  • HDF 203 (4 credits)* Introduction to Work with Young Children
  • HDF 306 (4 credits) Infant Growth and Development
  • HDF 310 (4 credits) Adolescent Development and Field Experience
  • HDF 312 (4 credits) Adult Development
  • HDF 314 (4 credits) Introduction to Gerontology

* Students seeking early childhood education teacher certification must take HDF 203 to qualify for admission.

HDF 480/481 Senior Internship

For Early Childhood Education Students Only:

  • EDC 484 Supervised Student Teaching (12 Credits) Fall Only
  • EDC 485 Seminar in teaching (3 credits)

The above two courses fulfill the senior field work requirement.

For out-of-state internships:

  • ITR 302 Field Experience (6 to 12 credits)
  • ITR 304 Colloquium I (3 credits)


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