Child Development option | HDFS

Do you want to work directly with children of all ages and their families?

Through classes and internships, the Child Development option will teach you research-based strategies for supporting young children’s development in early childhood settings, as well as programs that support families and youth.

You also will develop a strong foundation for a career in early childhood programs or classrooms, as well as graduate work in education, special education, human development and family sciences, psychology and other areas related to child development.

With a double degree in human development and family sciences and education, you can earn dual licensure at the pre-kindergarten and elementary school levels.

Future Students

Current Students

Prospective careers

*May require post-baccalaureate/graduate/professional education to qualify or certify for employment.

Preschool Teacher
Child Care Coordinator
Home Visitor
Family Support Worker
Head Start Teacher
Elementary Teacher—early grades*
Early Interventionist*
Special Educator*
Curriculum Writer
Early Childhood Policy Advocate

Becoming a Teacher

Three paths to becoming a teacher may be of interest to Human Development and Family Sciences students. (a) Prekindergarten options; (b) Licensure options, including Pre-K/Elementary, in Oregon; and (c) Early Childhood Special Education/Elementary Special Education Options.

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