The University of Delaware’s Department of Human Development and Family Sciences is an academic unit that prepares undergraduate and graduate students for a career in early childhood education, family studies or human services.
We value diversity, inclusion and the promotion of positive human development within the rapidly changing global environment in which we live. By providing a rigorous curriculum and practical field experience, our students develop the skills to become leaders in their fields.
Our department, within the College of Education and Human Development, offers undergraduate programs in Human Services, Early Childhood Education, and Human Relations Administration and graduate programs for students pursuing a Master of Science or Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Development and Family Studies, or a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Development and Programming.
Our students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members to conduct research and provide service throughout the region, country and world.
Our programs help students make a difference in the world by working in:
- Family and community services
- Legislative advocacy
- Early childhood education
- Non-profit administration
- Family law
- Disabilities and early intervention
- Cory Gilden receives scholarship from Autism Delaware
October 19, 2017Cory Gilden, a Ph.D. student in human development and family studies, was awarded the 2017 Daniel and Louis Gray Memorial... Read More
- Dr. Karpyn to lead study abroad to the Bahamas
October 16, 2017Dr. Alison Karpyn is offering a spring break study abroad trip to Eleuthera, an island in the Bahamas, with HDFS... Read More
- Newark Post features Lab School’s nature-based preschool
October 6, 2017The Laboratory Preschool's nature-based classroom is in full swing this semester, with students connecting with nature and practicing "healthy-risk taking."... Read More
- Graduate Program Open House on Nov. 10
October 4, 2017The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is hosting an open house for its graduate programs on Friday, November... Read More
- Valerie Earnshaw receives 4-year NIH grant to study stigma around drug use
September 12, 2017In August 2017, Dr. Valerie Earnshaw received a four-year, $750,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study... Read More