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School of Education and Human Development University of Colorado Denver

School of Education and Human Development
 

Human Development and Family Relations Program – BA in Teaching, Learning and Development


The Human Development and Family Relations (HDFR) program prepares students to effectively serve individuals and families in a wide variety of environments. This 126 credit-hour interdisciplinary program explores family systems and the ecological development of individuals across their life span.

The HDFR program will lead to a certification in the field. It is the first program of its kind in the United States to offer bilingual (Spanish) HDFR courses. At CU Denver, it is the only program that focuses on family relationships with schools and communities.

The unique combination of coursework and service-learning experiences provide a pathway for students to develop the knowledge, skills and tools for careers in:

  • Leadership and Community-Based Organizations
  • Bilingual (Spanish) Family and Community Service Agencies
  • Higher Education and Student Affairs
  • Individual, Couple and Family Counseling
  • Family Gerontology

The HDFR program focus also provides students with a strong knowledge base to pursue graduate studies in individual, couple and family therapy; human development and family studies; higher education administration and student affairs; school counseling; social work; and other helping professions.

Within the HDFR program track, you will be able to choose one area of concentration. Your concentration options include:

  • Pre-individual, couple and family therapy/counseling
  • Ecology of human development and learning
  • Leadership and community-based organizations
  • Higher education environments (Pre-HESA)
  • Familial, educational and social justice
  • Bilingual (Spanish) Family and Community Services
  • Family Gerontology

You’ll learn from innovative faculty members who are locally and nationally recognized for their research and work with families. At the same time, you’ll be actively involved in experiential education and develop the skills you need to work with family- and community-based programs. Work will include writing grants, engaging in grassroots social justice outreach in community and educational settings, participating in fundraising and conducting family research. You will also engage in culturally and linguistically enriching practicums and internships.

The HDFR program is offered in a hybrid format with both in-class and online courses. It supports the needs of talented students from all backgrounds, including nontraditional and underrepresented students. We are accepting applications from incoming freshmen, current students at CU Denver, students transferring from community colleges or four-year institutions and people who are interested in working in community-based organizations that serve diverse individuals, families, schools and communities.

Employers understand that CU Denver graduates bring extreme value to their teams and the University of Colorado name is something that brings value wherever you decide to move.

Applications are now being accepted. Email education@ucdenver.edu for more information. We encourage students to take advantage of the scholarships and grants that are available in this major. Sign up now.

It is possible to complete the Human Development and Family Relations program option within the BA in Teaching, Learning and Human Development in 120 credit hours and four years. You may also choose to minor in Human Development and Family Relations if you are not part of the School of Education & Human Development. It will require 15-21 credit hours of your undergraduate plan. We welcome transfer students from community colleges and other higher education institutions. CU Denver will work with you to accept as many credits as possible from your previous institution.

  • Meet your BA in Teaching, Learning and Development advisor and start your course plan as soon as possible.
  • Complete 34 credit hours of general education core courses.
  • Complete 36 credit hours of HDFR and Teaching, Learning and Development requirements within the Teaching, Learning and Development major.
  • Complete 6 credit hours of electives.
  • Complete 44 credit hours in HDFR coursework.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA throughout the program.
  • Work with your advisor to make sure that you are on track to apply for graduation.
  • Finish your courses and internships by the deadlines.
  • Satisfactorily complete your final semester coursework.

Learning through Real-World Experiences

Gaining practical experiences with people, communities and organizations is critical. All Human Development and Family Relations (HDFR) program courses will include a service-learning/experiential education component. Students engage in developing skills to work in and lead community-based organizations including, but not limited to, secular, faith-based, for profit, nonprofit, school-based, state, federal and international organizations. Such exposure will allow you to apply what you learn in the classroom and develop the skills you need to work in and lead community- based organizations.

Upon completion of the HDFR program track, students will be eligible to earn the Certification in Family Life Education (CFLE) from the National Council on Family Relations.

Course list for Human Development and Family Relations program track within BA in Teaching, Learning and Development.

Academic planning sheet(s) for Human Development and Family Relations program track within BA in Teaching, Learning and Development academic planning sheet(s)

Cognates and Minors

Along with the Human Development and Family Relations program requirements, we provide students with opportunities to specialize in a certain area. We call these specializations cognates. If students are not in the HDFR program, they may complete the courses as a HDFR minor. The cognates/minors follow:

Pre-Individual, Couple and Family Therapy/Counseling: Provides an introduction to clinical helping professions through systems and strengths therapy perspectives, and includes English and bilingual tracks. Program may lead to the following graduate-level degrees:
MA in Counseling: Couple and Family Counseling
MA in Educational Psychology, Concentration: Human Development
MA in Educational Psychology, Concentration: Human Learning

Ecology of Human Development and Learning: Provides a thorough enrichment of ecological development and learning of individuals across their life span. Program may lead to graduate-level degrees that focus on development across the life span, including:
MA in Educational Psychology, Concentration: Human Development
MA in Educational Psychology, Concentration: Human Learning
Master’s in Human Development and Family Studies
Master’s in Social Work
as well as careers in child and adult care and intervention

Leadership and Community-Based Organizations: Provides a comprehensive understanding and preparation for students to work in and lead community-based organizations including secular, faith-based, for-profit, nonprofit, school-based, state, federal and international organizations. Program may lead to the following graduate-level degrees:
MA in Educational Psychology, Concentration: Human Development
MA in Educational Psychology, Concentration: Human Learning
Master’s in Human Development and Family Studies
Master’s in Social Work

Higher Education Environments: Provides students with an introduction to higher education and student affairs administration and possible careers at various universities, community colleges and liberal arts colleges. Program may lead to the following graduate-level degrees:
Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs

Familial, Educational and Social Justice: Provides students with a foundation to understand justice within familial, educational and community settings. This cognate works well with the previously listed cognates and is also offered in an English and a bilingual track. Program may lead to the following graduate-level degrees:
Master’s in Human Development and Family Relations
Master’s in Multicultural Education
Master’s in Social Work

Bilingual/Linguistic Cognate: Provides students with the linguistic ability to work with Spanish-speaking families and communities. Courses will be delivered in 70 percent Spanish and 30 percent English. Students in the bilingual cognate will also be able to complete any of the other cognates in the program.

Family Gerontology: Provides students with an ecological understanding of culturally and linguistically diverse families in later life. This cognate provides students with insight about individuals' age in families and the community. It also exposes students to promising practices for better serving older adults. Program may lead to the following graduate-level degrees:
Master's in Counseling: Couple and Family Counseling
Master's in Human Development and Family Studies
Master’s in Social Work
Master’s in Gerontology
as well as careers in adult care and intervention.

The Human Development and Family Relations program track is perfect for those contemplating graduate studies and a career as a therapist or educational psychologist. CU Denver has top programs in both areas. Find out more about our Counseling and Education Psychology-Human Development programs.

The career paths for students who graduate from the program or minor include:

  • Individual, couple and family therapist (after a master’s degree)
  • Clinical social work (after a master’s degree)
  • Childcare and adult care
  • Professional in a community-based organization including secular, faith-based, for-profit, nonprofit, school-based, state, federal and international organizations
  • Staff member for a higher education institution

The Human Development and Family Relations (HDFR) minor is designed to give students an understanding of culturally and linguistically diverse family systems. For students who are interested in becoming family therapists, working in community-based organizations or becoming university or college advisors/administrators, this minor will provide excellent foundational courses in these areas. It also provides students with training in family systems and ecological systems of families which leads to successful interactions in community and educational contexts.

Program Delivery

This is an on-campus program with a variety of course options: hybrid, evening, weekend and online.

Declaring This Minor

If you are currently a CU Denver student, please contact the undergraduate advisor or HDFR faculty in the School of Education & Human Development to set up an appointment to discuss the process.

General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements
  1. To complete this minor, you will need to complete 15 semester hours of HDFR courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0) including one required course and four electives.
  2. At least nine credit hours of HDFR courses must be completed at the University of Colorado Denver.
  3. Transfer courses must be approved by faculty and/or advisor to apply to the minor.
  4. Please see specific requirements and electives below.

Specific Course Requirements (1 course)

Student must complete either:

HDFR 2000: Introduction to Family and Community Services (3 credits) or

HDFR 2200: Love, Family and Human Development (3 credits)

HDFR Minor Electives (4 courses))

From the following list of HDFR courses (or newly approved HDFR courses), students will be encouraged to select courses that meet their interests and/or career aspirations. All course selections must be approved by a HDFR/TLED advisor or an HDFR faculty. Please check the university catalog for when courses are offered. Other HDFR/TLED courses will be added to the following list as they are designed and approved.

HDFR 1000 Global Human Development and Learning (3)

HDFR 1010 Life Span Development in Ecological Settings (3)

HDFR 1020 Black and Latino Children (3)

HDFR 2000 Introduction to Family and Community Services (3)

HDFR 2110 Child Ecology (3)

HDFR 2200 Love, Family and Human Development (Core Approved-Social Sciences) (3)

HDFR 3100 Adolescent Ecology (3)

HDFR 3250 Families in Global Perspective (Core Approved-International Perspectives) (3)

HDFR 3260 Family Systems and Social Justice (3)

HDFR 3500 Introduction to Higher Education (3)

HDFR 4000 Human Sexuality (3)

HDFR 4003 Leadership and Organizations

HDFR 4004 Family Life and Community Programming II: Grant Writing and Fundraising

HDFR 4040 Latino Families in Schools and Communities

HDFR 4050 Foundations of Student Affairs

HDFR 4090 Skills for Helping Professions

HDFR 4200 Adult Ecology

HDFR 4500 Diversity in Higher Education

TLED 2050 Current Topics in TLED (Limited to a total of 3 Credit Hours)

TLED 2840 Independent Study in TLED (Limited to a total of 3 Credit Hours)

TLED 2910 Service Learning in TLED (Limited to a total of 3 Credit Hours)

TLED 4050 Special Topics in TLED (Limited to a total of 3 Credit Hours)

EDFN 3000: Undocumented Mexican Immigration

EDFN 4000: Food Justice in City and Schools



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