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.
- 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
- Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
June 2, 2016On May 27, 2016, the College of Education and Human Development held a convocation ceremony to celebrate the graduation of... Read More
- ECE Students help develop toys for Lab Preschool
May 26, 2016During Spring 2016, Early Childhood Education majors collaborated with Mechanical Engineering students on a project to design and build developmentally... Read More
- Congratulations to Attalie Carnavali!
May 23, 2016Attalie Carnavalie, senior Human Services major, was given the 2015-2016 Grossman Memorial Award by the Division of Student Life. The Grossman... Read More
- Congratulations to the 2015-2016 award winners!
May 19, 2016Congratulations to the 2015-2016 award winners! Human Development and Family Studies graduate and undergraduate students were recognized at the Celebration of Excellence... Read More