Human Development and Family Studies, AA

The Human Development and Family Studies prepares students to work with children, youth, and families in a variety of settings. The program is a study of theories and research of the human lifecycle, family systems, and the larger socio-economic environment. The Associate of Arts degree is designed to transfer to UNR. Students complete lower division courses at TMCC and then transfer to UNR to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in HDFS. Students are encouraged to obtain academic advisement from early childhood education faculty to facilitate the university transfer process.


Students completing this degree will:

  • Identify and describe elements of the developmental domains of the human lifecycle.
  • Apply knowledge of human development, theory, and practices in practical settings.
  • Demonstrate the scope of knowledge and skills required to gain entry into a baccalaureate degree program.

Field Experience and Practicum Experience:

The HDFS Degree requires courses with field experience and practicum experience in early childhood classrooms with young children (birth to age five). 

  • Students must complete the practicum experience through TMCC.
  • Students are required to have fingerprints, an approved background check, and a clear TB test prior to enrolling in courses with field experience or practicum experience. If a student fails to meet these requirements, or if the background check is not approved, the student will not be permitted to participate in courses with field experience or practicum experience.
  • Students must meet all of the prerequisite/corequisite requirements, as well as have the practicum instructor’s approval prior to enrolling in a practicum course.
  • Two semesters of practicum are required. Students must complete the practicum courses in two, consecutive fall and spring semesters, during the final year of the ECE program of study.
  • Students must work with the practicum instructor to arrange a practicum schedule and placement site.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
English 13-6
Composition II
Composition II For International Students
Fine Arts3
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
NUTR 121Human Nutrition3
Social Science
PSY 101General Psychology3
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 4[3]
U.S. & Nevada Constitutions[3]
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Degree Requirements 2
ECE 204Principles of Child Guidance3
ECE 231Preschool Practicum: Early Childhood Lab 33
HDFS 201Lifespan Human Development3
HDFS 202Introduction to Families3
HDFS 232Diversity in Children3
SOC 101Principles of Sociology3
ECE 250Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
Emphasis Requirements
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BIOL 105Introduction to Neuroscience3
COM 101Oral Communication3
CPD 116Substance Abuse-Fundamental Facts and Insights3
PSY 233Child Psychology3
WMST 101Introduction to Women's Studies3
Total Units60-63

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114 you will need an additional 1 unit elective. 


A student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better, and a minimum grade of “C” must be earned in each of the degree and emphasis requirements.


Students must complete the practicum experience through TMCC.


Satisfied through emphasis requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ECE 250 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
Emphasis 6 3
English 1, 6 0-3
HDFS 201 Lifespan Human Development 3
Mathematics 6 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
ECE 204 Principles of Child Guidance 3
Emphasis 6 3
English 1 0-3
Fine Arts 5 3
HDFS 232 Diversity in Children 3
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
Emphasis 6 6
HDFS 202 Introduction to Families 3
NUTR 121 Human Nutrition 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
ECE 231 Preschool Practicum: Early Childhood Lab 3
Emphasis 6 6
Humanities/U.S. and Nevada Constituitons 6 3
Science 5 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60

See approved General Education list for the AA/AS Degree.


See program recommendations or requirements.