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The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) is a premier academic program dedicated to the discovery, integration and application of knowledge to enhance the resilience of diverse individuals and relationships. The department prepares students to work with individuals, couples, and families. The department's primary focus is on integrative approaches to developing and maintaining individual and family resilience. The distinguishing feature of HDFS is the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary integration of instruction, research and application between and among human development, family science, gerontology, early childhood education and marriage and family therapy.

Committed to enhancing the quality of life of individuals and families by maximizing resilience and reducing risk, the Department of Human Development and Family Science provides a dynamic environment for life-long learners through engagement in:

• instruction that fosters creative and critical thinking for individuals in their professional and personal lives;

• research that contributes to the discovery of knowledge and understanding of human development and family relationships; and

• application of knowledge that is responsive to and informed by constituents' needs.

The department offers undergraduate students options in Early Childhood Education, Child and Family Services, Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Each of these options emphasizes integration of theory, research, policy, and practice.

The Early Childhood Education teacher certification option provides professional preparation for individuals to teach infants through third grade. This option provides a foundation in child development to prepare students to design, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate curricula for young children.

An Early Childhood Education certificate is required to teach prekindergarten through kindergarten in Oklahoma public schools. All students completing the Early Childhood Education option must meet Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma professional education requirements.

The Child and Family Services option prepares individuals for careers in providing services and leadership to children, youth, adults and their families. The course content focuses on individual development, family dynamics, family life education, policy, management and professional skills in the context of the community. Career opportunities are in public and private social services agencies, policy and advocacy centers, and in business and industry.

This option also provides education for individuals planning to continue their education in graduate programs, medical school, law school or other specialized graduate programs. The curriculum focuses on developing skills in critical thinking, scientific investigation, and written and oral communication. Students are prepared for advanced education in such areas as family therapy, child life, medicine, physical therapy, law and psychology. This option provides flexibility to accommodate the student's particular area of interest or to meet prerequisites for a professional school.

The Child and Family Services option has several professional tracks that target careers such as child and parenting practitioner, childlife specialist, pre-professional/pre-health, pre-professional/pre-law, and individualized plans. Students in all tracks complete an internship with more than 360 hours in the field and graduate meeting requirements to apply for national certification as a family life educator.

The Family and Consumer Sciences Education option combines aspects of both social and natural sciences. This field deals with relationships smong individuals, families and communities and the environments in which they live. The field includes several applied disciplines including consumer sciences, nutritional sciences, parenting, personal and family finance, resource management, human (including child) development, family science, housing and interior design, textiles, merchandising, apparel design and production, hospitality management, and related subjects. Family and Consumer Sciences Education prepares individuals for education-related careers in this field of study. The two most common careers are secondary (grades 7-12) school instruction (FACS Education) and Cooperative Extension Service education (FCS Education).

The BS degree requires a minimum of 124 semester credit hours. Minors in child development, gerontology, and human services are also available in the department; information on requirements may be obtained from the HDFS department office or the Patricia Kain Knaub Center for Student Success. Articulation agreements between Oklahoma State University and Tulsa Community College and between Oklahoma State University and Northern Oklahoma College provide for a transition toward a baccalaureate degree in human development and family science.

Available Options
- Child and Family Services, B.S.H.S.
- Early Childhood Education, B.S.H.S.
- Family and Consumer Sciences Education, B.S.H.S.

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