Child Development Curricula

Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, Concentration in Child Development

Core Departmental Requirements

  • HDFS 901: Contemporary Scholarship in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Methodology and Statistics:
    • HDFS 880 Research Design and Measurement
    • HDFS 881 Quantitative Methods in Research
    • HDFS 892 Multivariate Analysis and Structural Equation Modeling
    • 4 Elective Courses (12 Credits)
  • HDFS 999: Doctoral Dissertation Credits (24 required)

Core Child Development Required Credits

  • HDFS 826:  Social-Emotional Development Birth to Five: Biology, Relationships, & Culture
  • HDFS 827:  Language and Literacy Development from Infancy to Formal Schooling

The remaining 9 course credits reflect elective courses chosen by the student and the guidance committee to best meet the student’s goals.

Background Coursework that May Be Required

If the student has not completed the following courses or equivalent at the master's level, the following courses must be included in the doctoral program:

  • HDFS 810: Theories of Human Development
  • HDFS 811: Child Development from Ecological Perspectives
  • One course in diversity

Total Credits = 63