Human Development and Family Science

This program offers an interdisciplinary lifespan approach to the study of children, youth and families. It encompasses specialty areas in preschool teaching, childcare, administration, youth studies, family services, child life, consumer economics, human sciences teacher education and extension. Students develop an awareness of trends, issues and public policy affecting families and analyze factors that influence cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development in the contexts of culture and family.

Child Development

Prepares students to become competent early care and education professionals, parent educators, child advocates, and early interventionists.

Career Opportunities:
  • Director of volunteers - median annual salary of $81,330
  • 4-H professional - median annual salary of $68,670
  • Youth program administrator - median annual salary of $60,397
  • Juvenile probation officer - median annual salary of $53,020
Curriculum

Child Life

Provides child life services to patients including medical play, pre-procedural teaching, use of distractions and evaluating the effectiveness of the interventions and plan.

Career Opportunities:
  • Director of volunteers - median annual salary of $81,330
  • 4-H professional - median annual salary of $68,670
  • Youth program administrator - median annual salary of $60,397
  • Juvenile probation officer - median annual salary of $53,020
Curriculum

Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education

Prepares graduates to teach diverse populations: children, youth, adults, people with disabilities, the elderly, business professionals, and others.

Career Opportunities:
  • Human development consultant - median annual salary of $90,900
  • Case manager - median annual salary of $78,970
  • Addiction counselor - median annual salary of $51,600
  • Parent educator - median annual salary of $52,900
Curriculum

Family Science

Prepares students to discover, verify and apply knowledge about the family. Graduates are able to receive provisional certification through the National Council on Family Relations as Certified Family Life Educators.

Career Opportunities:
  • Human development consultant - median annual salary of $90,900
  • Case manager - median annual salary of $78,970
  • Addiction counselor - median annual salary of $51,600
  • Parent educator - median annual salary of $52,900
Curriculum

Youth Development

Prepares students to understand and work effectively with children and adolescents, ages 10-18, in a variety of settings.

Career Opportunities:
  • Director of volunteers - median annual salary of $81,330
  • 4-H professional - median annual salary of $68,670
  • Youth program administrator - median annual salary of $60,397
  • Juvenile probation officer - median annual salary of $53,020
  • Curriculum