Family Life and Human Development – Family Services or Early Childhood Development Emphasis (Bachelor’s)

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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:

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Family Services

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.

Why Choose SUU for Early Childhood Development or Family Services Studies?

  • The need for skilled graduates in social services and child development is growing at a rapid pace, which will smooth the way for finding a job after college.
  • Professors in the Family Life and Human Development degree program are well experienced in the field and include a therapist, licensed marriage and family counselor, and instructors who have worked extensively in early childhood development.
  • Program graduates may sit for the Utah state social workers examination, if desired.
  • The Family Life and Human Development program offers three degree options: a Bachelor’s in Family Services, a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development, and an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development. There is also a minor available in both emphases.

Career and Salary Potential for Childhood Development and Family Life Graduates

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

Campus Opportunities for Family Life and Human Development Majors

  • Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society

Family Life and Human Development Courses You May Take

  • Principles of Effective Parenting – Examine strategies and skills needed for successful parenting.
  • Human Development Through the Lifespan – Explore different aspects of human development throughout life focusing on the individual and the family.
  • Family Processes & Theory – Discuss the process dynamics of the family with an eye toward researching, assessing, and ultimately helping families.

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Program Contact: Shawn Christiansen
Phone: 435-865-8171

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