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.

General Areas of Concentration

  • Child Development: a program of study that focuses on the development of children from birth through adolescence. you will examine how families, communities, and social policies impact the developmental process. This concentration prepares you for careers in infant and toddler educational centers, child welfare agencies, early intervention, and community and health services. For those seeking to obtain an early childhood education teaching credential, please see the specialized area on concentration below.
  • Early Childhood Education: this program includes a teaching certificate that prepares you to teach children in preschool through second grade.
  • Family and Adult Development: a program that examines human development in the context of the family and community, with an emphasis on adolescence through adulthood. This concentration prepares you for career in social work, human services, human resources, higher education, and family life education(see affiliated Certificate option below)
  • 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. This concentration prepares you for family financial counseling and ….

Specialized Concentrations:

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
A program of study focusing on understanding and supporting healthy family functioning. This concentration/certificate prepares students for careers in fields such as home visiting, parent advocacy, parent and family education and counseling, social services, and health promotions and prevention. Students pursuing this certificate should complete the Family and Community  concentration, and additional requires coursework to apply for a provisional Certificate from the National Council on Family Relations.

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