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The Human Development and Family Studies program at Penn State was among the first of its kind in the nation, and continues to be one of the most respected. Our multidisciplinary program helps students explore the development of individuals and families across the life span, in order to prepare for professional, managerial, or scientific roles in health and human services professions, in public and nonprofit agencies, and in business and industry, as well as for advanced professional or graduate study. Courses emphasize biological, psychological, social/cultural, and economic aspects of development, as well as applied skills in intervention and evaluation, prevention, and the formulation of social policy. An internship in a setting that serves children, youth, adults, or the aged is required for this degree program. Through course work, undergraduate internships or research projects, students develop skills relevant to career objectives, such as counseling, assessment, program planning and evaluation, and research.

Areas of Study
  • Community - Undergraduate
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The degree programs offered through the department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences are interdisciplinary, applied social science programs designed to prepare you to enter a career in research or academia, human services, youth professions, family life education, cooperative extension, or community development in a public, private, or nonprofit organization.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Master's
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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Early Childhood

Earn two credentials in four years of full-time study: Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood & Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Our Early Childhood program focuses on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children from birth to eight years and their interaction with the world around them. You will learn how to engage children in learning, understand parent-child relations and assess a child's development. You gain the know-how to support children individually, as well as work with their families, schools and the community.

Your first two years look at children as individuals. In your first year, you are introduced to the areas, or "domains", of childhood development and key issues such as human behaviour in society, nutrition and safety. In your second year, you will learn the basics of child anatomy and physiology, how to create curricula, research and observation skills, and dynamics of relationships. The third and fourth years of the program expand your focus to children and the community. You will learn how to work with children with special needs, program administration, assessment and intervention, and leadership.

Industry Connections: You will complete more than 850 hours of workplace experience. Past placements include school classrooms, early learning centres, children's mental health centres, hospital pediatric units, and inclusive learning and therapeutic environments.

Opportunities: Know the why and how. You will develop a comprehensive set of abilities to assess children's development and be able to support and educate children based on that assessment in a meaningful way. Earn hands-on experience designing and implementing play materials that meet the developmental needs of children in our Play and Programming for Early Childhood course.

Teach with toys. You can borrow from our extensive collection of toys and educational materials in the Early Childhood Resource Room for use in your field placements. Choose from developmental, skill-building, cognitive and creative play.

Sample Careers: Registered Early Childhood Educator, Family Support Supervisor, Special Needs Resource Consultant, Childcare Supervisor/Director/Owner, Child and Youth Worker, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Technician, Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) Technician.

Samples of further education: Bachelor of Education (Teachers College), Master of Education, Master of Arts in Child Study and Education, Law School, Master of Social Work, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Child Life Studies Post-Professional Diploma Program.

Transfer students are welcome! For information about transfer credit, please contact [email protected].

Family and Community Social Services

Earn two credentials in four years of full-time study: Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Services & Social Service Worker Diploma

Make a difference in society in a very meaningful way. Our program explores current social issues, and the development and delivery of programs designed to assist individuals, families and communities. You will be exposed to different areas of social service work and learn how to understand the challenges faced by vulnerable populations so you can learn how to deliver impactful services, including counselling, mediation and crisis intervention.

Industry Connections: Starting in your second year, you will earn more than 850 hours of supervised workplace experience at three different placements. Past placements include children's mental health centres, hospitals, seniors' residences, addiction centres, research clinics, detention centres and correctional institutions.

Opportunities: Simulate a community agency. Take advantage of a lab simulating aspects of a typical community agency. The room is equipped with one-way observation mirrors, audiovisual equipment, interview furniture and offices. Use it for research and to practice administrative, interviewing and counselling skills.

Participate in professional development. The Social Services Symposium is an annual themed event organized by Family and Community Social Services students that gives you the opportunity to present research and learn from various practitioners and researchers in your field.

Hands-on practice. Two courses offer you the opportunity to practice interviewing and counselling. By videotaping the sessions and receiving peer support and instructor feedback you can analyze your techniques to help you learn to communicate and help people more effectively.

Sample Careers: Case Manager, Community Youth Worker, Hospice Support Worker, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Technician, Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) Technician, Social Service Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Addictions Worker.

Samples of further education: Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work Bachelor of Education (Teachers College), Master of Public Policy, Masters programs in Disability Studies, Law School, Postgraduate certificate in ABA/IBI.

Transfer students are welcome! For information about transfer credit, please contact [email protected].

Areas of Study
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Undergraduate
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Human Ecology is an interdisciplinary department that offers a holistic systems approach to examine the interrelationships that individuals and families have with social, economic, and political factors and conditions. This student-centered, research intensive department offers a BSc in Human Ecology with a major in Family Ecology (minors in Aging, Child and Youth Studies, Community Diversity, Community Ecology, Community Nutrition, International Development), MSc in Aging, MSc in Family Ecology and Practice, and a PhD in Human Ecology (with streams in Aging and Children, Youth and Families). Undergraduate and graduate programs focus on individuals and families across the life course, and on the development and evaluation of policy and programs to enhance individual and family well-being. Research programs focus on understanding the physical, economic, and social aspects of aging with a focus on aging well, and on enhancing the health and well-being of children, youth, and families across the life course with an emphasis on vulnerable groups.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Master's
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
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Our mission is to achieve excellence and innovation in scholarship, teaching, and outreach in order to promote the optimal development, health, and well-being of children, adults, families, and communities.  Through its multidisciplinary community of students, mentors, and scholars, the program prepares students to understand development from birth through old age, with an emphasis on the economic, social, and political forces that shape family and individual development throughout the lifespan.  Our undergraduate and graduate programs create reflective practitioners ready to work with diverse families in early childhood education and intervention settings, parent support programs, couple and family therapy programs, social services, gerontology, and advocacy programs.  The undergraduate program of study leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.  The graduate program leads to a Masters of Science with a concentration in couple and family therapy, or a concentration in Developmental Science.  

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The substantive focus of sociology at the University of Minnesota is to clarify the implications of stability and change within a framework of social action. The intent is to join the rich social scientific understandings of social and individual dynamics with wider issues of public concern. The vision informing our mission is of a proactive civic sociology, which draws attention to significant social issues and responds to the interests of the wider society. This vision of civic sociology is central to the future of the discipline and the departments educational mission. The department is committed to moving its concern with action and change across its multiple activities in education, in research, and in service. The department has seven primary areas of emphasis: Demography & Population Studies; Global, Transnational, & Comparative Sociology; Inequalities & Identities: Race, Gender, Sexuality, Class, Religion, & Nation; Law, Crime, Punishment, & Social Control; Life Course: Family, Education, & Well-being; Theory, Knowledge, & Culture; Work, Organizations, & Networks

Areas of Study
  • Community - Doctoral
  • Community - Master's
  • Community - Undergraduate
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Our mission of preparing future professionals to enrich the lives of others will be guided by the following goals and core principles:

  • Promote sustained recovery and wellness for all individuals and families through a continuum of care
  • Educate scientist-practitioners to facilitate therapeutic change in couples and families
  • Produce meaningful scholarship that is accessible to a wide audience
  • Develop authentic connections with students, colleagues, and community partners
  • Encourage self-reflection, accountability, and growth
  • Embrace diverse individuals and their communities
  • Enhance teaching, research, and outreach through ongoing clinical practice
  • Mentor emerging scholars and foster ongoing development of the science-practitioner model
Areas of Study
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Human Development and Family Studies concentrations are part of the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education. These program areas prepare professionals through study, research, and practical experiences to enhance the quality of life and education for children, youth, adults, and families. Graduates are prepared to assume diverse roles in parent/family life education, child life, early childhood intervention, teaching, research, administration, and other professions requiring knowledge of human development and family life. The undergraduate and graduate programs are connected with the Certified Family Life Educator credential through the National Council on Family Relations and with Early Childhood Intervention certification through the state of Texas. We have had an active Child Life program since the 1980's, and we train public school teachers who certify in Family and Consumer Sciences. 

Areas of Study
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
CFLE Approved
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Human Development and Family Studies fosters an understanding of human development and interpersonal relationships through a multidisciplinary and ecological lens, inclusive of biological, psychological, sociological, socio-cultural, and international perspectives. The program recognizes and addresses the central role of diversity and interdependence among families and communities in the process of human development, and promotes basic and applied research, as well as practice, in the service of individuals, families, and society.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
CFLE Approved
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The Department of Family Studies and Community Development was founded on the belief that the family is the fundamental unit in contemporary society. Support of healthy family functioning strengthens individual, group, and societal functioning. The department offers the opportunity to study individual and family development, dynamics within families, and the interactions between families and society.

The department offers two undergraduate majors and one minor. Family and Human Services is an applied major that prepares students to be human service professionals. Students in this major choose among four different tracks: Humans Services, Services to Children and Youth, Introduction to Child Life, and Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector. Community participation is required in several core courses throughout the family and human services curriculum. The Family Science major emphasizes scholarship and research in the discipline. It focuses on the social and behavioral science foundation necessary for those working in family therapy, psychology, education, health and other human services. The family studies minor fits nicely for students who are interested in studying families along with their major focus of study, especially students in the health professions, liberal arts and education.

The academic coursework provides the foundation for graduate study in social, behavioral, and health sciences or for advanced professional training in counseling, psychology, social work, law, medicine, and the allied health professions, such as occupational therapy and physical therapy. The department offers the following graduate programs: Child Life, Administration and Family Collaboration (M.S.); Family-Professional Collaboration Post-Baccalaureate Certificate; Jewish Communal Service (M.A.) and Jewish Education (M.A.).

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
CFLE Approved
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A Concordia Family Life student will graduate with the academic and practical training to develop and implement programming that equips and supports healthy relationships for marriage and the family. This course of study is designed to prepare men and women to serve in the church and the community as a Certified Family Life Educator. The Family Life program prepares students for the following careers: Position in the church as a DFLM. (Director of Family Life Ministry; an entry level position in the human services field; a Child Life Specialist sho works in a hospital; prepares students for entrance into a master's program in family life, psychology, sociology, and or counseling. The program meets the academic standards for program certification by the National Council on Family Relations, a professional organization for multidisciplinary family professionals. Graduates will be immediately eligible to receive the Certified Family Life Educator credential, which is nationally recognized from NCFR.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
CFLE Approved
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The Childhood & Social Institutions Program is a cross disciplinary, limited enrollment program designed to provide students with a useful academic foundation in the subject matter. The program combines the new insights from recent studies of childhood and families in today's society with the best of the more established perspectives to offer a timely, comprehensive and responsive academic experience.

The CSI program is structured to enable and encourage students to combine it with other areas of study. CSI may be taken as an Area of Concentration (3-year BA), as an Honors BA, or as part of an approved Combined Honors program.

Areas of Study
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Undergraduate
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