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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. 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. 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.

Julia Atiles named top educator by National Association of Early Childhood and Teacher Educators
Human Development and Family Science Associate Professor Julia Atiles, has received the Taylor and Francis Outstanding Teacher Educator of the Year Award from the National Association of Early Childhood and Teacher Educators.

The award recognizes meritorious leadership and professionalism in early childhood education. It is based on leadership in the field, professionalism through advocacy, self-reflective practices and mentoring students and faculty.
Stephanie Hall, a junior in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program in the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University recently received an American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Membership Incentive Award through their Elementary, Secondary & Adult Education community. Based in the Washington, D.C., area, AAFCS is the only association for family and consumer sciences students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas. For more than 100 years, AAFCS has focused its mission on providing leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making more informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life.
Family and Consumer Sciences Education Academy held at OSU
The College of Human Sciences recently hosted the inaugural Family and Consumer Sciences Education Academy. Eight Oklahoma high school seniors spent a week on the Oklahoma State University campus learning about the field family and consumer sciences and the career opportunities available in FCS education through the Cooperative Extension Service and in public schools. In addition to presentations from FCS educators and lessons on how to be an FCS teacher, the students toured the OSU campus including Boone Pickens Stadium and visited a county Cooperative Extension office and high school FCS classrooms.

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