The University of Delaware’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies is an academic unit that prepares undergraduate and graduate students for a career in early childhood education, family studies or human services.
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
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 and Early Childhood Education, and graduate programs for students pursuing a Master of Science or Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Development and Family Studies.
Our students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members to conduct research and provide service throughout the region, country and world.
- Mindfulness Summer Camp at Laboratory Preschool
July 25, 2016The Laboratory Preschool has hosted a summer camp teaching mindfulness to children through eastern-inspired practices that encourage focus, understanding and... Read More
- Graduate Students host Cross University Collaborative Mentoring Conference
July 21, 2016On June 9-10, the University of Delaware had its turn hosting the Cross University Collaborative Mentoring Conference (CUCMC). An annual regional... Read More
- Faculty and graduate students travel to Greece
July 12, 2016In May 2016, a group of early childhood education faculty members, graduate students and the Interim Dean of CEHD traveled... Read More
- Nadisha Downs is a Summer Research All-Star
July 12, 2016Nadisha Downs, a Human Services major, was featured on UD's tumblr account along with other summer researchers. Nadisha was selected... Read More
- News Journal features Cara Cuccuini-Harmon, Ph.D. Student
June 27, 2016Cara Cuccuini-Harmon, a Ph.D. student and graduate instructor in HDFS, was featured by The News Journal in the Delaware Voices... Read More