AA, Human Development and Family Studies

Program Description

The Human Development and Family Studies emphasis 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 to facilitate the university transfer process.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ECE 250 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
Electives 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
Electives 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
Electives 6 6
HDFS 202 Introduction to Families 3
NUTR 121 Human Nutrition 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Electives 6 9
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.

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 eight). 

  • Students can 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.
  • 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 and Multilingual Students
Fine Arts3
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
NUTR 121Human Nutrition3
Social Science3
General Psychology
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 4[3]
U.S. & Nevada Constitutions[3]
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Degree Requirements 2
ECE 204Principles of Child Guidance3
HDFS 201Lifespan Human Development3
HDFS 202Introduction to Families3
HDFS 232Diversity in Children3
SOC 101Principles of Sociology3
ECE 250Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
Elective Requirements
Choose 18 units of electives. 118
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Neuroscience
Oral Communication
Substance Abuse-Fundamental Facts and Insights
Preschool Practicum: Early Childhood Lab 3
Students with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds 5
Child Psychology
Introduction to Women's Studies
Introduction to Feminist Theory
Total Units60

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114 you will need an additional 3 units electives. 


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 elective requirements.


Students must complete the practicum experience through TMCC.


Satisfied through emphasis requirements.


EDU 208 requires prerequisite of EDU 203.

Students completing this degree will:

  1. Investigate the historical, cultural, and theoretical contexts of the science of human development.
  2. Define and examine characteristics of diverse families and family systems. 
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the physical, cognitive and social-emotional developmental domains of the human lifecycle.
  4. Demonstrate skill in oral and written communication related to the study of Human Development.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. General information about general transfer agreements can be found on the Academic Advisement website. TMCC has agreements with the following institutions towards a bachelor's degree in the same of similar discipline.