Penn State University–Fayette

Department of Human Development & Family Studies
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The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program helps you prepare for a career in which you look forward to helping others and contributing to a stronger community, and where you daily make a difference in the lives of others. The nation's elderly population is growing, single parent families are increasing, and greater numbers of children are in child care. These trends create high demand for HDFS graduates. The program provides an understanding of the whole person over the life span, in different contexts and cultures. Graduates of the HDFS program find careers as active, dynamic, and versatile human service professionals. For those already in the field of human services, HDFS degrees provide opportunities for further advancement.  Both Baccalaureate and Associate degrees are available.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. John Rapano
Department Emphasis
  • 20% Adolescence
  • 20% Child/Human Development
  • 20% Gerontology
  • 10% Early Childhood Care & Education
  • 15% Family Studies
  • 15% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
700
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
Department Address

2201 University Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456-0125
United States

Phone Number
724-430-4286
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Life Span Human Services
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies
  • Infant and Child Development
  • Development and Practice in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Adolescent Development
  • Observation or Experience with Children, Youth and Families
  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Values and Ethics in Health and Human Development Professions
  • Leadership and Technology Skills for Human Service Professionals
  • Human Development and Family Studies Interventions
  • Empirical Inquiry in Human Development
  • Family Development
  • Internship
  • Project Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in the Human Services
  • Human Services Seminar
  • The Helping Relationship
  • Resolving Human Development and Family Problems
  • Family Relationships
  • Adulthood
  • Development and Relationship of Human Service Programs
  • Professional Practicum in Human Services
CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.