Child & Adolescent Development Concentration

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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

Family Studies Elective (select one from)

  • HDFS 420 - Inequality, Public Policy, and US Families
  • HDFS 425 - Family Stress and Change
  • 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.