Human Development and Family Science, BS

  • A student holds a child at the campus daycare center

    APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN, GAIN CAREER EXPERIENCE — The campus daycare center offers opportunities to gain experience. From junior year on, you can expect to be in the center for one of your classes each semester.

    Positions Working with Children, Youth, and Families

    With a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science, you’ll graduate with in-depth knowledge of child growth and development (prenatal through adolescence), family dynamics, and family relationships that will help you begin a career in this field.

    You’ll learn theories and best practices of childcare at every age and get many opportunities for “hands-on” experience with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers as well as field experiences with social service agencies.

    Directing—or teaching in—an early care and education center, providing early intervention for infants and toddlers with developmental delays, working with at-risk teens, or working with families to provide parenting support or linkage to community services can be very rewarding.

    As a human development and family science major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll learn techniques for working with children (infancy through adolescence) and their families to improve the quality of their lives.

    At IUP, you’ll learn strategies to support families that are developmentally appropriate and based on the most current research and practices in the field.

    Some of the classes you’ll take include Child Development, Marriage and Family, Preschool Education, Play and Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Intro to Early Intervention, Infant and Toddler Development, Family Dynamics, Techniques of Parent Education, Adolescent Development, Family and Community, and Administration of Child Care Centers.

    This major encourages students to use their free electives for two of the following: a minor; an internship in agencies/programs at the local, state, or national level; and/or to earn the Family Life Education Credential Certificate.

    You may find jobs directing preschools, youth programs, child care facilities, or head start programs. You may also find employment working with families, teenage parents, senior citizens, or at-risk teens. Some students continue their educations with graduate study.