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Online Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies

The Human Development and Family Studies bachelor's degree focuses on the study of human development within the contexts of the family, the community, and the broader national and international culture.

In this program you will:

  • Study human interaction with emphasis on how people are affected by their environments, and how they, in turn, have an impact on others
  • Take courses such as Human Sexuality, Family Life, Family Resource Management, Marriage and the Family, Family Communications, and more
  • Learn techniques for research design, sampling, and data collection methods including observation, interviewing, and questionnaire construction
  • Examine the developmental, social, and cultural influences of the family in relation to a variety of personal and social experiences

We are honored to have been designated an approved Early Childhood Education Training Institution by the Council for Professional Recognition, which offers the national Child Development Associate (CDA) designation (www.cdacouncil.org).

Important Note: This bachelor's degree program does not lead to licensure to become a K-12 schoolteacher. In addition, while this program offers the academic background you need for careers in early childhood, individual states often require additional hands-on training or site visitation not provided by our university. It is your responsibility to become familiar with all licensure/certification requirements in the state in which you plan to seek employment.

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