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B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, Early Childhood Professions

The courses in the Human Development and Family Studies – Early Childhood Professions major at Colorado State University prepare students for careers in early childhood education as well as professional work with children across a variety of settings, including working with children with disabilities, in healthcare settings, and community agencies.

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Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, August
Tuition Fee: $31,712 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO, United States / Online

This concentration focuses on early childhood development from birth to eight years old and therefore is an ideal choice for first and second year HDFS majors who plan to apply to the competitive on-campus Major in Early Childhood Education during their sophomore year.

This Human Development and Family Studies – Early Childhood Professions major at Colorado State University is also the preferred choice for students interested in the early childhood education careers that do not require teacher licensure, for students who will pursue a graduate degree and licensure in childhood education, and those interested in combining this concentration with another concentration in pre-health, prevention, and intervention sciences, or leadership and entrepreneurial professions.

Students interested in working with children with special needs, those seeking director qualifications in early childhood education, and those seeking other relevant credentials would also benefit from choosing this concentration. The curriculum incorporates courses from several disciplines that focus on early child development, education, diversity, and professional skills.

Potential Occupations

Graduates with a major in HDFS are prepared to work in a range of human service sector settings including youth services organizations; early childhood, elementary, adolescent, and parent education programs; health-care settings; juvenile and adult corrections and criminal justice; family and community services; and programs serving older adults, including long-term care facilities.

Additionally, this concentration is the preferred choice for students interested in early childhood education careers that do not require teacher licensure, for students who will pursue a graduate degree and licensure in childhood education, and those interested in combining the concentration with another concentration in pre-health, prevention, and intervention sciences, or leadership and entrepreneurial professions. Students interested in working with children with special needs, those seeking director qualifications in early childhood education, and those seeking other relevant credentials would also benefit from choosing this concentration. The curriculum incorporates courses from several disciplines that focus on early child development, education, diversity, and professional skills.

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Courses included

  • Applied Research Methods
  • Lifespan Intervention and Prevention Science
  • Couple and Family Studies
  • Risk and Resilience Across the Lifespan
  • Creative Experiences for Children
  • Practicum-Professional Skills
  • Disabilities in Early Childhood Education

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