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Welcome to the Department of Human Development and Family Science

Human Development and Family Science students understand the developmental stages of humans from birth to aging adults as well as the importance of family relationships. They are caring, hard-working and service oriented. Hands-on classroom experiences and research opportunities for Early Childhood Education graduates prepare them to be some of the most highly sought after professionals in early childhood education. As a nationally-approved program leading to the Certified Family Life Education (CFLE) credential, Child and Family Services graduates are well prepared to provide support and service to the communities where they are employed. Students in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education option gain interdisciplinary knowledge and skills they will apply in secondary (grades 7 – 12) schools (FACSED) or county Cooperative Extension Service (FCSES) work.

Department News

New online graduate certificate in infant mental health
The HDFS Graduate Certificate in Infant Mental Health integrates research, theory and practical application of Infant Mental Health principles. Infant Mental Health is defined as “the developing capacity from birth to three to experience, regulate and express emotions; to form close relationships; and to explore the environment and learn — all in the context of family, community and cultural expectations for young children.” Coursework addresses these concepts from a developmental and attachment-based perspective and emphasizes reflective practice. For more information, go here.
Two marriage and family therapy students receive fellowships to study minority youth
Oklahoma State University graduate students Chelsea Keel and Alicia Johnson have been named fellows in the Now is the Time: Minority Fellowship Program-Youth. Keel and Johnson are master’s students in the marriage and family therapy program in the College of Human Sciences.
Stillwater Super Bowl-Fest to support children’s therapy needs
When Sarrah and Zach Owens moved to Stillwater in January, 2016, one of the first things they looked for was a school for their son Jaxon. The Child Development Lab in the College of Human Sciences was just what they needed for the three-year-old as it provided speech and occupational therapies for children who required them.

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