As a student in the Family Life and Human Development bachelor’s degree program at Southern Utah University, you’ll choose from two different emphases for your college education:
Students complete a core of classes common to both Family Services and Early Childhood Development. After that, each emphasis begins developing the unique set of professional skills needed to succeed in the chosen area of study.
Both emphases involve extensive experiential learning. Since the Early Childhood Development program focuses on child development, child guidance, curriculum planning, and teaching young children, students observe and teach in the pre-school on campus. They also gain real world experience in a number of other settings serving young children.
Family Services students gain experience working in community service projects and through program lab activities. Skills gained prepare students to work in a family or couples counseling environment, youth mentoring program, community center, or other such setting.
Family Life and Human Development classes are small. They typically include between 15 and 30 students, which allows instructors to work with each student and help with their future career plans.
By the time you complete your undergraduate degree in Family Life and Human Development, you will be well prepared to take the next step in your career, whether that be on to graduate school or into a rewarding position in the child development or family services field.
Many different career possibilities are open to graduates of this degree program and a number of these are covered in the chart below that contains information gathered from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
|Position||Median Annual Salary||Anticipated Growth Through 2022|
|Pre-school teachers||$27,130||17 percent|
|Social and community service manager||$59,970||21 percent|
|Human resources manager||$99,720||13 percent|
|Recreation workers||$22,240||14 percent|
|Substance abuse and behavior disorder counselors||$38,520||31 percent|
|Childcare worker||$19,510||14 percent|
|Child protective services social worker||$44,200||19 percent|
|Family counselors (with master’s degree)||$41,500||29 percent|
Program Contact: Shawn Christiansen