South Dakota State University

Counseling and Human Development
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The goal of this program is to provide an interdisciplinary approach to study and work with individuals and families. This program draws from theory and research that examines the process of human development across the lifespan and the dynamic interaction of family members.

Through coursework, observation, and practical experiences, students will be equipped with the necessary skills for additional specialized training and for employment in a variety of educational and social service settings designed to enhance the healthy development of individuals, couples, and families.

Admissions information, system general education requirements, institutional graduation requirements, and college requirements in addition to the major requirements are stated in the undergraduate catalog.

Minor programs that compliment this major include: sociology, psychology, health sciences, consumer affairs, gerontology, juvenile justice, and recreation.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Jay Trenhaile (head)
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Family & Child Studies/Development
Campus Enrollment
12,500
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

369/371 Wagner Hall
Brookings, SD 57007
United States

Phone Number
605-688-4190
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family & Child Studies/Development
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Individuals and the Family
  • Family Relations
  • Early Experiences
  • Development of Human Sexuality
  • Human Development: (Childhood
  • Adolescence
  • Adulthood)
  • Family Theories
  • Helping Relationships
  • Prevention Programs in HDFS
  • Parent/Child Relationships
  • Family Assessment
  • Professional Issues in Child and Family Studies
  • Orientation to Child and Family Services Practicum
  • Child and Family Services Practicum
  • Family Resource Management
  • Lifespan Development
Undergrad Comments

The HDFS major offers an interdisciplinary approach to study and work with individuals and families. The program draws from theory and research that examines both the process of human development across the lifespan and the dynamics of interaction among family members. The knowledge base is integrated with training and experiences that provide the necessary skills for additional specialized training and for employment in a variety of educational and social science settings designed to enhance the health development of individuals, couples, and families.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Ann Michelle Daniels
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Parent Education: Theories and Issues
  • Adult Development
  • Current Topics
  • Special Problems
  • Thesis
  • Family Resiliency
  • Research
  • Program Design & Evaluation
  • Grant Writing
  • Work & Family
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Education & Human Sciences
Masters Comments

The Human Development and Family Studies graduate program offers two specializations. First, Adult Development in the Workplace prepares students to flourish as leaders in business and industry who are appropriately trained to understand the needs of adults in the workplace. The second specialization in Family and Community Services is offered through a consortium to meet the needs of military service members and their spouses who desire to work in service settings involving the family and/or community. 

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.