Human Development & Family Studies

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Majors & Concentrations

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; in 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 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, hospitals, and parent-child centers.
  • The Child, Youth, and Family Development concentration prepares students for careers in community and governmental agencies that serve children, adolescents, and their families.

What's Unique about HDFS at UNCG?

  • HDFS is a student-friendly department. The Princeton Review recently reported that UNCG's HDFS programs receive "enthusiastic praise from current students."
  • Students get to know professors and each other in a caring community.
  • HDFS's curriculum is carefully developed with more advanced courses building on more basic courses to maximize students' learning experience.
  • Students have opportunities to engage in hands-on learning experiences and ongoing research projects in early care, educational, research, and community settings.
  • The department is committed to innovation, interdisciplinary study, internationalization, engagement, inclusivity, and sustainability.
  • The HDFS major, offering social science and professional education with internship or field experiences, serves as a strong foundation for graduate education as well as an excellent entry point for human services careers.

Academic Clubs and Organizations

  • Child Advocacy, Research and Education (CARE)
  • 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.
  • More than 70 preschool education majors are placed in child-care settings each year.
  • More than 70 HDFS students are placed in supervised internships in community agencies serving families each year.
  • Summer cultural experiences in Costa Rica and a variety of semester study abroad opportunities are encouraged.


Career Opportunities:

Early Care and Education Careers­: Director, coordinator, teacher in preschool, child care, school-age child care, Head Start, elementary school aide, child abuse prevention, hospital child care, preschool care for developmentally disabled children, crisis intervention, specialized educational programs, developmental consultant

Birth through Kindergarten Teacher Licensure Careers: Pre-kindergarten or kindergarten teacher in public schools, early interventionist, plus any of the above careers

Child, Youth, and Family Development Careers: Work with coordinators, program directors in family services, child/family crisis intervention centers (e.g., child abuse, substance abuse, juvenile corrections), youth and family services, child advocacy institutes, community service agencies (e.g., YWCA, YMCA, Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Clubs), guardian ad litem, residential treatment facilities for children, liaison with families (as in community services agencies, e.g., United Way, volunteer action centers), family service agencies (e.g., Family Life Council, women’s shelters), and health-related agencies (e.g., hospitals, pregnancy care centers). Activity coordinator or program director in retirement facilities, residential care for elderly, hospitals, extended care centers, adult day care, senior citizen groups, family services, councils on aging, state agencies (e.g., division of aging), family resorts

Graduates: UNCG has a highly respected graduate program with approximately 60 master’s 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.

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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