Making a difference through research and practice
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 students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members to conduct research and provide service throughout the region, country and world. Our programs prepare students to make a differences by working in areas such as family and community services, non-profit administration, family law, disability services, counseling and early childhood education.
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.
- Graduate Programs Open House
October 1, 2018Graduates of the CEHD master’s and doctoral programs are prepared to advance their careers in education and human services. Join our Open House... Read More
- Poster submissions now open for the Global Graduate Collaboration Conference
April 2, 2018Poster submissions are now being accepted through May 4 for the 2018 Global Graduate Collaboration Conference! HDFS graduate students will... Read More
- Laura Cutler helping to launch AAUW group at UD
March 30, 2018Laura Cutler, a doctoral student in HDFS, is a member of Newark's newly reinstated chapter of the American Association of... Read More
- Social entrepreneurship series features Jason Aviles on April 18
March 19, 2018Jason Aviles is CEO of FLYOGI LLC, Executive Director of Wilmington Placemakers Inc., Program Director of Wilmington Green Box and Co-Founder... Read More
- Biden Institute features blog by Dr. Bahira Trask
March 15, 2018Dr. Bahira Trask published a blog with the Biden Institute discussing how HDFS is "Preparing Students for 21st Century Careers"... Read More