department of human development
and family studies
Overview of the department
Human Development and Family studies
"Helping children and families thrive and flourish!"
The Department offers two academic minors as well. The first, a minor in Human Development and Family Studies, provides supplemental training for non-majors on child development, adolescent development, and family studies. The second, a minor in Addiction and Recovery, provides students with an understanding of addictive disorders, treatment for addictive disorders, recovery, and the impact of addiction on the family.
Our graduate program has concentrations in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), Parent and Family Life Education (PAFLE), and Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). Students completing the MFT program can become Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. Students completing the PAFLE program can become Certified Family Life Educators. Students in the HDFS program will work closely with a faculty member to conduct research and will be well prepared for future doctoral work or for administrative positions in child, adolescent, adult, or family agencies.
Through faculty and student research, the Department is dedicated to generating and applying new knowledge in the service of improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities in Alabama and the region.
The Human Development and Family Studies curriculum allows students to select an undergraduate major in early childhood education or human development and family studies.
The departments provides strong graduate education in Human Development, Family Studies, and Marriage and Family Therapy.
For students interested in distance education, the department of Human Development and Family Studies offers two different undergraduate degree programs: 1) Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Early Child Development and 2) Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Development Practitioner.
I have experiences that I will never forget. And I know that all of the time and hard work that I have put into being a child life specialists will truly pay off.
-- Sarah Howard, 2013
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The College offers ten undergraduate majors that help students reach their professional goals. The CHES Office of Student Services, located in 101 Doster Hall, is committed to helping students have a successful and rewarding college experience. Please let us know how we can help.
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