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B.S. in Human Development and Family Science: Child & Adolescent Development


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Information Session: Learn How Children Grow and Develop, Earn A Child Development Degree Online.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
11:00 to 11:20 a.m. Central Time

FREE to attend but participants must pre-register.


Program Description

Sample plan of study

Frequently asked questions

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Program Description

Gain knowledge of family and human development over the life span. In the online B.S. in Human Development and Family Science: Child & Adolescent Development option degree program students gain an understanding of the development of children and adults and their interaction in the family and society. In human development and family science students may focus coursework on promoting child health and protection or understanding and meeting the needs of older children and adolescents.

Child and adolescent development jobs and other career directions through HDFS can be divided into two general areas:

These career opportunities include extension agent, Head Start program director, child care director, home visitor for Head Start, crisis family counselor, hospital child life specialist, family life educator, developmental disabilities worker, volunteer coordinator, parent support specialist, parent educator, financial counselor and financial planner.

Some of the careers listed above require a planned minor or a double major. Other careers require preparations beyond the bachelor's level. An HDFS degree is excellent preparation for students considering graduate work in counseling, family therapy or child and family development.


View Human Development and Family Science Program Fact Sheet


If you are interested in a graduate-level program check out our online M.S. in HDFS: Youth Development option.

"I am back at college after a 30 year period. I live 200 miles away from NDSU and have always wanted to complete my degree, and now I can online. The classes are challenging and interesting. I am so happy that this option is available."

- Jacalyn, Langdon, ND
  HDFS 320 Prenatal Infant/Toddler Development


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Sample Plan of Study

HDFS  Core Courses: (20 CREDITS)

Child & Adolescent Development Core Courses: (9 CREDITS)

HDFS Major Electives: (9 CREDITS)

Additional Courses:

Total Credits: 122


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Frequently Asked Questions

F.A.Q. will be added at a later date.




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Contact Information

NDSU Department of Human Development and Family Science
Phone: 701-231-8268
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Web: www.ndsu.edu/hdfs/

NDSU Distance & Continuing Education
Phone: 1-800-726-1724 or 701-231-7015
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NDSU Office of Admission
Phone: 1-800-488-6378
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Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/


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