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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 Track – BA in Teaching, Learning and Development


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

The HDFR program track leads to a certification as a Family Life Educator (CFLE). It is the first program of its kind in the United States to offer a bilingual (Spanish) HDFR concentration. 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

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. We're proposing a new bachelor's to master's program that is still being developed. Specifically, if you’ve gone through our HDFR bachelor’s program and choose to pursue a master’s degree at CU Denver, you may earn a master’s from the Human Development and Family Relations program (Educational Psychology – MA) in just one year. If you have completed an HDFR major or a related major (i.e. HDFS, Family Development, Family Services, etc.) at another accredited university in North America, you could also be eligible to enter into the (4+1) BA/MA emphasis in HDFR if your coursework meets CU Denver HDFR curriculum standards.

Within the HDFR program track, you will be able to choose one area of concentration. Students with a major outside of the School of Education & Human Development have the option to minor in Human Development and Family Relations. 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)
  • Educational foundations and social justice
  • Bilingual (Spanish) Family and Community Services

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 for fall 2014. Email academic advisor Scarlett.Ponton@ucdenver.edu for more information. Ruben Viramontez Anguiano, faculty representative for HDFR, is happy to respond to any questions you have about the HDFR program. His email is Ruben.Anguiano@ucdenver.edu​. We encourage students to take advantage of the scholarships and grants that are available in this major. Courses for the major and minor will begin in fall 2014. 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 126 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 12 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. Throughout the 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 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)

Course list for minor in Human Development and Family Relations

Academic planning sheets for minor in Human Development and Family Relations

Concentrations and Minors

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

Pre-Individual, Couple and Family Therapy/Counseling: Provides an introduction to clinical helping professions through systems and strengths therapy perspectives, and includes an English and bilingual track. 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
Master's in Social Work

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

Educational Foundations and Social Justice: Provides students with a foundation to understand justice within familial, educational and community settings. This concentration works well with the previously listed concentrations 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 Studies
Master’s in Multicultural Education
Master’s in Social Work

Bilingual (Spanish) Family and Community Service Agencies: 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 concentration will also be able to complete any of the other concentrations in the program.

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



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