Penn State University–Mont Alto

Department of Human Development & Family Studies
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Penn State's Department of Human Development and Family Studies is committed to excellence in research, teaching, and service regarding lifespan human development in the context of the family, community, and society. HDFS offers an interdisciplinary approach to individual and family development across the lifespan. As one of the premier departments of its kind, we focus on child and adolescent development, adult development and aging, biological aspects of human development, family studies, intervention research, and developmental research methods.  We offer both associate and baccalaureate degrees.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Robin Yaure (coordinator)
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Human Development
  • 50% Family Studies
Campus Enrollment
1,000
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

1 Campus Drive
Mont Alto, PA 17237
United States

Phone Number
717-749-6000
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Adult Development & Aging Services
  • Children, Youth, & Family Services
  • Lifespan Human Services
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Human Development & Family Studies
  • Infant & Child Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development & Aging
  • Values & Ethics in Health & Human Development Professions
  • Leadership & Technology Skills for Human Services Professionals
  • Human Development & Family Studies Interventions
  • Empirical Inquiry in Human Development
  • Family Development
  • Project Planning, Implementation & Evaluation in the Human Services
  • Personal and Interpersonal Skills
  • Human Services Seminar
  • The Helping Relationship
  • Resolving Human Development & Family Problems
  • Family Relationships
  • Advanced Child Development
  • Developmental Transition to Adulthood
  • Development Throughout Adulthood
  • Development & Administration of Human Services
  • Professional Practicum in Human Services
  • Family Disorganization: Stress Points in the Contemporary Family
  • Developmental Problems in Childhood & Adolescence
  • Women's Health Issues
Undergrad Comments

The HDFS major provides a foundation for students interested in working in human services with many different types of people-from infants to the elderly-and in many different settings from public and non-profit agencies to business and government. We prepare students to become leaders in human services, to develop new models for preventing and treating social and mental health problems and to become advocates for new social programs and policies. The HDFS major is also excellent preparation for graduate school in the social, behavioral, and health sciences or for advanced professional training in clinical and counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work, law, business, medicine and other health professions.

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.