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 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.
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
- Nov 11: Graduate Program Open House
October 6, 2016The College of Education and Human Development hosts a Graduate Program Open House on Friday, November 11, 2016. Individuals interested... Read More
- Follow up: Ph.D. students return from Warsaw START workshop
October 4, 2016In July 2016, HDFS student Juana Gaviria-Loaiza, along with eight other graduate students, attended the Statistical Teaching and Analytic Research Training... Read More
- HDFS Global Research Series
September 23, 2016October 28, 2016, 2-5PM Gore Hall 102, Reception Following 5-7PM, Gore Hall Atrium The HDFS Global Research Series focuses on contemporary... Read More
- Dr. Hallam featured in WalletHub’s Best/Worst States to Have a Baby
August 8, 2016Dr. Rena Hallam was featured as an expert on WalletHub’s 2016 evaluation of the best and worst states to have... Read More
- 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