Student Opportunities — Human Development and Family Science

  • Child Development and Family Relations Students with pillowcases they made for children in Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

    HELPING CHILDREN: Students in the Child and Family Studies Association made and delivered colorful pillowcases for children to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The pillowcases were presented to two child life specialists who are graduates of IUP’s Human Development and Family Science program. (alumna Stephanie Colaberardino is at far right; see quote below)

    What’s Happening for Human Development and Family Science Majors

    You’ll have opportunities for activities outside of the classroom that will expand your credentials and enthusiasm for the field. Near campus, there are YMCAs, United Way offices, homeless and domestic violence shelters, and social service agencies that are looking for volunteers.

    Child Development Lab

    Our child development lab is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). You will have the opportunity to work with children in the community, from infancy to age five.

    Child and Family Studies Association

    The Child and Family Studies Association is a very active service club for majors and other interested students. Through the club, you can become involved in community service projects and fundraising for service organizations. You can also participate in field visits to agencies in the local community.