HDFS Child Development option

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

Visit Undergraduate Academic Advising to pursue this program.


Current Students

General catalog

Use the general catalog to view courses offered in the program.

Option sheet

Use an option sheet (pdf) to track your progress in completing course requirements.

Sample plan

Sample plans are a guide to give students an idea of which classes they may take and when. These samples are intended for information purposes only. Students should consult with their OSU academic advisor to create a personalized degree plan.
Child Development Option Sample Plan (pdf)

Academic advising

Schedule an academic advising appointment.

Additional resources


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.