Department of Human Development, Family Science and Counseling

Preparing students to become administrators of child development or family services programs, early childhood educators, counselors and more!

The Human Development, Family Science and Counseling department faculty prepare students for a variety of careers such as marriage, family and couples counselors, school counselors, clinical mental health counselors, administrators of child development or family services programs, licensed early childhood teachers, child development specialists, school age program coordinators and family public policy advocates.


Program Areas


Research & News

NCED team with Dean Easton-Brooks accepting their award.

College of Education and Human Development hosts awards ceremony

This year, 24 awards were given to outstanding students, faculty and staff in the College during the Spring Celebration

Panelist and committee members behind a table with the College's identifier

First-Generation College Students’ Professional Pathways panel discussion

The College of Education & Human Development hosted the panel event and mixer on March 14

Extension personnel teaching in class.

University offers training for professionals working with domestic violence

‘Hope for Family Resilience’ provides in-depth training on domestic violence advocacy and support


Bachelor Degrees

B.S. in Early Childhood Education

Students will receive a comprehensive education to prepare them to become licensed early childhood teachers while gaining a rich understanding of child development and fostering strong partnerships with families.

B.S. in Human Development and Family Science

This major prepares students to work with children, adolescents, teens, and families in a variety of professions. The study of theory and research findings is coordinated with a variety of supervised field experiences. Our Human Development & Family Science bachelor's degree program is ranked top 5 in the far western U.S. region.



Master Degrees

Counseling

College of Education & Human Development graduate degrees include emphases in marriage, couple and family counseling; school counseling; and clinical mental health therapy/counseling.

Master of Arts in Counseling (MA)

Human Development and Family Science

The program prepares students for a variety of careers such as administrators of child development or family services programs, child development specialists, school age program coordinators, youth program specialists, community education instructors, parent educators, family financial planners, consumer advocates and family public policy advocates.

Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science (MS)


Ph.D. Degrees

Ph.D. in Education: Counselor Education and Supervision

This area of emphasis is an excellent fit for individuals who wish to pursue counselor education and counseling leadership positions, excelling in research, writing, teaching, service, securing external funding, assuming professional leadership roles in the counseling field, and providing clinical supervision.

Ph.D. in Education: Human Development and Family Science

The Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science provides students with a strong foundation in developmental, interpersonal, and family theories, in-depth research skills and expertise, and builds in-depth knowledge in a content area chosen by the student in consultation with their advisor.