Human Development and Family Science
The Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) major prepares students to provide educational, preventive and intervention services to individuals and families which enhance personal, family and community well-being. Students develop the skills needed to assist people of all ages achieve individual and family well-being.
HDFS is an approved program for Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) provisional certification status through the National Council on Family Relations. This allows graduates who have completed the required CFLE coursework to become certified through an abbreviated CFLE application versus taking the certification exam, saving them time and money.
Point of Pride
The HDFS program at Illinois State uses a systems approach through the Certified Family Life Educator approved coursework to serve children, teens, and adults.
Why study Human Development and Family Science?
The Human Development and Family Science major prepares students to provide educational, preventive and interventive services to individuals and families which enhance personal, family and community well-being. Students develop the skills needed to assist people of all ages with personal and consumer choices for individual and family well-being. This includes:
- Family life and parent education
- Social service
- Camp and residential care programs
- Child care
- Crisis intervention
The program also prepares students for graduate studies in:
- Family science
- Child and human development
- mariage and family therapy
- Social work
- Child life
- Other related disciplines
Come see campus and meet with campus representatives either in person or virtually. Optional chances to meet with academic department, honors, and financial aid.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!