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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State York

Human Development and Family Studies

Altoona College (2FSAL)
University College (2FSCC): Penn State Brandywine, Penn State DuBois, Penn State Fayette, Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State Schuylkill, Penn State Shenango, Penn State Worthington Scranton, Penn State York
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Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.

For more information, contact: Mary Jo Spicer, S-120 Henderson Building

This major integrates practical and academic experiences to provide the student with entry-level professional competence in the human service field. The objective of the major is to offer a general education background, a knowledge base in life span and family development, and a core of professional skills that may be applied in program planning and service delivery activities. The major is offered part-time, in the evening, and through independent learning.

ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING SERVICES OPTION: This option is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of service roles in mental health facilities, nursing homes and other institutions for the aged, area agencies on aging, public welfare and family service agencies, women's resource centers, human relations programs, employee assistance programs and customer services and consumer relations programs in business and industry. An improved field experience in any of a wide variety of settings that serve adults, the aged, and their families, is required for this option.

CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY SERVICES OPTION: This option is designed to prepare students for service roles in preschools; day care centers; hospitals; institutional and community programs for emotionally disturbed, abused, or neglected children and adolescents; as well as a variety of public welfare and family service agencies. An approved field experience in a children, youth, or family services setting is required for this option.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION OPTION: This option is designed to increase professional capabilities in child care training in regard to issues of quality, affordability, and accessibility of programming. The primary foci are on language, literacy, and science reasoning. In the course work, there is a blending of theory and practice that requires experience in a group setting with young children. Courses concentrate on infants and toddlers as well as older preschoolers. Each course has a strong parent/family communications component and stresses observation techniques appropriate for assessing and evaluating the development of young children.

For the Associate in Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies, a minimum of 60 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 21 credits
(15 of these 21 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 0-3 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 51-55 credits
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GN courses; and 3 credits of GQ courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 30-31 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (21 credits)
CAS 100 GWS(3), ENGL 015 GWS(3), HD FS 129 GS(3)[1], HD FS 301(3)[1], PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
HD FS 395(6) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-10 credits)
EDPSY 101 GQ(3)[1], STAT 100 GQ(3)[1], or STAT 200 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
HD FS 315 US(3)[1] or SOC 030 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
BIOL 141 GN(3), BIOL 155 GN(3), or BI SC 004 GN(3) (Sem: 3-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 21-24 credits

ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING SERVICES OPTION: (21 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
HD FS 249 GS(3)[1], HD FS 311(3)[1] (Sem: 1-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits in consultation with the adviser from University-wide offerings that enhance competence in the option (Sem: 1-4)

CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY SERVICES OPTION: (24 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
HD FS 229 GS(3)[1], HD FS 239 GS(3)[1], HD FS 311(3)[1] (Sem: 1-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits in consultation with the adviser from University-wide offerings that enhance competence in the option (Sem: 1-4)

EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION OPTION: (24 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (24 credits)
HD FS 229 GS(3)[1], HD FS 230(3)[1], HD FS 231(3)[1], HD FS 311(3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
HD FS 232(3)[1], HD FS 233(3)[1], HD FS 234(3)[1], HD FS 330(3)[1] (Sem: 3-4)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2005

Blue Sheet Item #: 33-03-026

Review Date: 12/19/07

UCA Revision #1: 8/8/06

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