Human development, family studies and related services postsecondary programs cover education, psychological development, human sciences, family life, gender identity and marriage and family are focus areas in the program. At many accredited colleges and universities, the programs are located under Humanities and Social Sciences or Education departments.
Depending on your personal, work and academic needs, you can enroll in an accredited college or university and apply for different types of postsecondary degrees. For example, if you already have working experience and undergraduate degrees in human development, family studies and related services you might prefer to get an undergraduate or graduate certificate or diploma. Should you already work in the field, ask your human resources manager or supervisor if your employer will reimburse your tuition if you take a college or university certificate, diploma or degree program. Several degrees and certifications available for you to enroll in are the Certificate of Human Development, Family Studies and Related Services, the Diploma in Caregiver Services, an Associate degree of Human Development and Family Studies, the Bachelor degree of Human Development and Family Studies, a Bachelor in Human Development, Family Studies and Related Services or a Master degree in Human Development, Family Studies and Related Services.
As with other programs, courses you must take to graduate from a college or university human development, family studies and related services program are determined by the specific accredited postsecondary school you enroll in. However, general core courses you will take are as follows:
Colleges and universities realize that you and other students have full schedules. Therefore, they have designed college online human development, family studies and related services programs that you can enroll in and complete your school assignments and projects using a computer and Internet access. You will still have to order books for most of your courses. If you complete your college or university courses on campus in the classroom, you give yourself the chance to meet your classmates and interact with your professors in person.
Counselor, social worker, special education teacher, minister, community leader, childcare worker and life coach are some of the jobs you can get with a degree in human development, family studies and related services. You can also work as a director or manager at a non-profit organization. The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics expects jobs for social workers to grow by approximately 16 percent from 2008 through 2018. The middle 50 percent of social workers earned between $31,040 and $52,080. If your salary is in the top 10 percent of these workers you can earn more than $66,430 a year.