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.
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Our programs prepare students to make a difference by working in areas such as family and community services, non-profits, family law, disability services, counseling and early childhood education.
By combining intensive coursework with multiple field placements, our students graduate with the skills necessary to succeed in inclusive classrooms.
Graduates join the fields of human services, psychology, public policy, and social work helping to support individuals and families in their communities.
This program teaches students how to facilitate workplace training and navigate legal aspects of workplace administration.
CEHD Colloquium Series: Mimi Engel
In the News: Roderick L. Carey
KON Fall Initiation Ceremony
In the News: Allison Karpyn
I chose the Early Childhood Development and Programming Masters degree because I wanted to expand my knowledge on the field of ECE, and I had experience in undergrad with the College, and knew their faculty and staff would support and guide me through it. The immersive experience that took place along side coursework in my internship furthered my understanding of the field. My favorite aspect of the Masters program was the opportunity to collaborate with professors on a different level than in undergrad, the small class sizes enable deeper discussion and engagement.