Human Services

Child Development

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

As a child development major, you’ll examine the long-range effects of growth and development from birth through adolescence. Learn how critical the childhood years are for building the foundation for health and well-being across the lifespan. Throughout this program, you can work in real-life settings that lead to careers in adoption agencies, early intervention programs and after-school programs or position you for graduate school. Child development majors may become infant mental health specialists, social workers, counselors and school psychologists.​​

Put Your Degree to Work

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Social worker$44,200 per year19% (114,100 more jobs)
Psychologist$69,280 per year12% (18,700 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the child development website or contact:

Department of Human Environmental Studies
EHS Building 228
Phone: (989) 774-3218

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

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Child Development Major

Child Development is an interdisciplinary field of study that examines the growth and development of children in their social contexts. The Child Development major is a flexible plan of study designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers in human and service settings working with children and families. It may also be used as preparatory training for graduate studies in child developmental and professional programs in health- and counseling-related fields. Students who take this major cannot minor in Child Development or double major in Family Studies. Students may only double count 9 credits when combining the Child Development Major with the Family Studies Minor.
Total: 37-38 semester hours
Core Courses
(9 hours)
HDF 100
Lifespan Development
HDF 211
Marriage and Close Relationships
HDF 307
Parent-Child Relations
Required Courses I
(6 hours)
Development Content
HDF 308
Theories of Child and Adolescent Development
HDF 510
Child Development Seminar: Promoting Resilience
Required Courses II
(7-8 hours)
Development Content Select two classes from the following:
HDF 302
Infant and Toddler Development
HDF 303
Early Childhood Development
HDF 306
Adolescent Development
Required Courses III
(3 hours)
Diversity Select one of the following:
HDF 110
Oppression: Roots and Impact on Human Development in the United States
HDF 212
Families in Cultural Perspective
HDF 320
HDFS International Service Learning
SPE 585
Early Childhood Special Education
Required Courses IV
(9 hours)
Professional Skills and Methods
HDF 219
Field Work
HDF 317
Child Development Skills and Methods
HDF 419
HDFS Internship
Required Courses V
(3 hours)
Professional Skills and Methods Select one of the following:
HDF 400
Developmental Assessment of Children
HDF 414
Human Development and Family Studies Research Methods
HDF 506
Practicum in Parent Involvement

 Grads on Fire

Kirsten Hissong, ’14, is a graduate student at Indiana University studying school psychology.

Tracy Waters, ’06, completed her Ph.D. at Clemson University.

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