human development and family studies

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Bachelor of Science in HDF


A Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies will prepare you to work with children, families, adolescents, and adults in a variety of human service and community settings. In addition to studying at the Kingston Campus, HDF undergraduate majors can complete some or all of their degree program at the Feinstein Providence campus, which offers a more urban environment.

Within the major, you will be able to choose among a variety of professional preparation concentrations and certificate options. Please refer to the Curriculum page for specific course requirements related to these options.

Areas of Concentration

  • Child Settings: a program of study that focuses on the development of children and the role of the family. In addition, you will analyze public policy and its impact on children.
  • Early Childhood Education: this program includes a teaching certificate that prepares you to teach children in preschool through second grade.
  • Family and Community Settings: a program that examines human development from adolescence through adulthood. In this concentration you’ll consider the well-being of families and individuals as they move through the life cycle.
  • Family Finance: a program that trains you to help families and individuals learn how to gain control over their finances and plan for a secure financial future.

Certificate Options

Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification
The Early Childhood Education certificate program is a fully accredited teacher certification program which prepares you to teach children in preschool through second grade.

Certified Family Life Educator
The National Council on Family Relations has approved the undergraduate Academic program of HDF for provisional certification of students. Undergraduate students may apply for a provisional Certificate to become a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).

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