Child, Adult, and Family Services
As communities adapt to changing statewide and national demographics, the Child, Adult, and Family Services major will prepare you to work with people from the very young to the very old. You will help them learn skills and strategies in education, child care, youth development, family interaction, conflict resolution, and addiction/abuse treatment.
For individuals and families facing life’s challenge, such as alcohol or substance abuse, immigration, family conflict, and death, finding support can be difficult. Students graduating with a degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services are trained to help people of all ages cope and conquer obstacles in order to lead a better, more fulfilling life.
For current and recent class syllabus examples go to the Class Websites page for Human Development and Family Studies.
The Human Development and Family Studies scholarship page includes an online application form and list of scholarships. The online form is available from November through February each year.
Careers working with children:
Careers working with youth:
Careers working with families and adults:
Volunteer at organizations that serve children, youth, families, and older adults.
View Child, Adult, and Family Services student internship experiences at Career Connections.
Students majoring in child, adult, and family services are required to complete a 320-360 hour internship during their senior year with the goal of applying the knowledge learned in the classroom to a work setting. Students find and choose an internship site themselves with the support and guidance from the HDFS department internship coordinator. Internships can be completed in Iowa, out of state, and even internationally. More »
Brenda Lohman, an associate professor in Human Development and Family Studies, is leading the Three-City Teacher Survey (TCTS), which supplements the assessment of economic, academic, and social competencies among low-income, urban children and adolescents who face multiple family and community risks. She, along with other faculty members in HDFS, use examples of ongoing research to enhance classroom learning.
In addition to these facilities, students will have access high tech classrooms, computer labs, and the Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching (CTLT).
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