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
- Greetings from the South Africa!
January 10, 2018HDFS students, along with Drs. Gaines-Hanks and Aviles, have safely arrived in South Africa for their winter session study abroad.... Read More
- Graduate Program Open House Jan. 25
January 5, 2018Are you looking to advance your career in education or human services? Join our graduate programs! The College of Education and... Read More
- Congratulations to the fall 2017 interns!
December 18, 2017Congratulations to the Human Services students who finished their clinical services capstone internship this semester! These students completed a minimum... Read More
- Nadisha Downs: McNair Scholar, Researcher, Community Advocate
December 6, 2017Nadisha Downs, a senior Human Services major, has traveled across the country and globally to share her research on father... Read More
- 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