Human Development & Family Studies

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Majors & Concentrations

  • Birth through Kindergarten (Online 2plus) (BS) (Lic) U543
  • Early Care & Education (Online 2Plus) (BS) U544

About the Major

The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies program includes the study of the development of individuals and families throughout the life span to improve their well-being through the creation, use, and dissemination of knowledge from the social and behavioral sciences and the field of education. The goal of the HDFS Department is to provide the best opportunity in North Carolina for undergraduates to prepare for careers in child, adolescent, adult, and family care services; in community services for families; teaching at the preschool level; and in cooperative extension and state agencies.

  • The Birth through Kindergarten (B-K) Licensure concentration prepares students for licensure by the state of North Carolina to teach birth through kindergarten-aged children in public school and community settings.
  • The Early Care and Education concentration prepares students for careers in early childhood settings and agencies serving young children and their families including private kindergartens and child care centers.

General admission requirements for the online degree completion program

Students applying to the HDFS Early Childhood Online Degree Completion Program must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed a two-year applied associate (AAS) degree in early childhood at a North Carolina community college
  • Student must complete an online undergraduate admissions application and be accepted to the university declaring this major and concentration to be considered as pre-HDF majors.
  • Students must apply to the UNCG HDFS department using the secondary admissions process to be admitted as an HDFS major (which is required before enrollment in upper-level courses). Students who meet credit hour and overall GPA criteria and perform well in key major courses will be admitted on a space-available basis.

Technology requirements

This is an online degree completion program. The program includes both synchronous (meeting at a specific time through the computer with cameras and headsets) and asynchronous courses. Given the nature of the program, it is required that all students have the following:

  • Regular access to a computer with Internet access
  • A webcam
  • A computer microphone and headset

The technical standards set forth by the early childhood programs establish essential qualities necessary for students admitted to the programs so that they can achieve the knowledge, skills, competencies, and dispositions of an entry-level teacher of birth through kindergarten children with and without disabilities. These standards must be met by all students admitted to the program, with or without reasonable accommodations. Please see the BK/ECE Undergraduate Handbook for the technical standards document.

Academic Clubs and Organizations

  • Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society

Student Opportunities

  • The HDFS department awards more than 20 student scholarships per year.
  • The HDFS department administers child care education programs at three sites with an enrollment of 80 children in all-day care, which serve as laboratories for the study of children and their families.
  • 50 preschool education majors are placed in child-care settings each year.
  • Approximately 60 HDFS students are placed in supervised internships in community agencies serving families each year.
  • Cultural experiences in Costa Rica during the summer and study abroad opportunities in a variety of countries each semester are available and encouraged.


Career opportunities

  • Early Care and Education: Director, coordinator, teacher in preschool, child care, school-age child care, Head Start, elementary school aide, child abuse prevention, hospital child care, preschool care and education for children with disabilities, specialized educational programs, developmental consultant
  • Birth through Kindergarten Teacher Licensure: Pre-kindergarten or kindergarten teacher in public schools, early interventionist, plus any of the above careers

Graduate school opportunities
UNCG has a highly respected graduate program with approximately 50 masters and doctoral students from across the nation and around the world. Professors in the department publish widely in the most respected journals in the field and have prominent national and international reputations. The department has more than $4 million in external funding, a wide range of research interests, and involvement in various research centers affiliated with the department.

Professional Organizations and Accreditation

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • National Council on Family Relations

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