Human Development and Family Studies
The Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in 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 Human Development and Family Studies. Students are encouraged to obtain academic advisement from early childhood education faculty to facilitate the university transfer process.
Field Experience and Practicum Experience
The HDFS degree requires courses with field experience and practicum experience in an early childhood classroom with young children (birth to age five). Field experiences and practicum experiences are focused student teaching experiences that require the student to demonstrate specific skills in an early childhood classroom with young children.
- 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.
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 setting.
- Demonstrate the scope of knowledge and skills required to gain entry into a baccalaureate degree program.