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.
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
- Congrats Spring 2017 Interns!
May 11, 2017Congratulations to the human services seniors in the clinical concentration who have successfully completed their final 400-hour internships! Collectively, these... Read More
- Valerie Earnshaw leads study on impact of bullying
May 9, 2017Dr. Valerie Earnshaw, along with a team of co-authors from six other states, led a study on the lasting impacts of... Read More
- Human Services majors are 2017 UD Orientation Leaders
May 8, 2017Congratulations to Joey Gallo and Haylee Hildalgo, who were selected as UD Orientation Leaders for NSO 2017! They will be... Read More
- Steele Symposium recognizes student research
April 10, 2017On Friday, April 21st, HDFS undergraduate and graduate students are participating in the 32nd Annual Steele Symposium. The Steele Symposium... Read More
- Dr. Bahira Trask delivers keynote at UN event
April 6, 2017On Tuesday, April 4, Dr. Bahira Trask delivered a keynote address at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.... Read More