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University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignCollege of ACES
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Give to Human Development and Family Studies

Child & Adolescent Development Concentration

The child and adolescent development concentration combines course work with practical experience to provide students with a broad base of knowledge regarding the physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development of children and adolescents. The diverse types of positions taken by graduates of this concentration include early childhood educator, parent educator, child life specialist, adoption caseworker, youth after-school program director, director of a day care center, and more.

Child & Adolescent Development Concentration required courses:

In addition to taking required hours in the categories of General Education, College of ACES, and Human Development & Family Studies core (e.g., HDFS 101 Issues & Careers in HDFS, HDFS 220 Families in Global Perspective, HDFS 290 Intro to Research Methods), students in this concentration enroll in:

  • HDFS 401 - Socialization and Development
Three courses selected from:
  • HDFS 301 - Infancy and Early Childhood
  • HDFS 305 - Middle Childhood
  • HDFS 310 - Adult Development
  • HDFS 405 - Adolescent Development
Diversity in HDFS (select one from)
  • HDFS 208 – Children and Families with Special Needs
  • HDFS 321 - Asian Families in America
  • HDFS 340 - Gender, Relationships Society
  • HDFS 341 - Asian American Youth
  • HDFS 379 - HDFS Study Abroad Experience
  • HDFS 422 - US Latina and Latino Families
Applied Human Development* (select one from)
  • HDFS 206 - Early Childhood Curriculum Development
  • HDFS 294 - Research Internship
  • HDFS 406 - Child Dev Class Supervision
  • HDFS 450 - Practicum in HDFS
  • HDFS 494 - Applied Research Methods
Family Studies Elective (select one from)
  • HDFS 420 - Family Diversity in the US
  • HDFS 421 - History of American Families
  • HDFS 425 - Critical Family Transitions
  • HDFS 426 - Family Conflict Management
  • HDFS 427 - Family Adaptation and Resilience

* To help cover costs associated with these applied, experiential and research internship courses, all HDFS students pay a one-time HDFS Applied Experience Fee, assessed for the fall semester of the student's junior year. Junior and senior transfers will have the fee assessed for their first fall semester following admission to the HDFS major. The current Applied Experience Fee is $1,095.