|Human Development & Education Services prepares students to pursue further education towards a career in the Human Services field or to fill entry-level jobs requiring good people, communication, teamwork and workplace skills. Students learn many valuable skills in addition to the core curriculum of human development and the exploration of careers in the Human Services field. Many of the assignments are long term and require students to be self directed, organized and to plan time thoughtfully.
During their first year in the program, opportunities for students include teaching in our state licensed, on-site preschool program, learning direct observation techniques and digital photography, observing a preschool child and creating a comprehensive child portfolio that is shared with the parents of the child, creating materials to use in the field, including displays, books, brochures, games, power point presentations, etc. and listening to guest lecturers from the Human Services field.
During their second year of the program, students choose an area of concentration in the Human Services field. Those
continuing in early childhood (birth through age 8) continue to work in
the on-site preschool program. Students indicating the desire and
aptitude are promoted to assistant teachers. Those wishing to explore
careers working with adolescents, elderly and special needs populations
participate in internships in the community. All majors participate in a
Community Work Experience their last month of the program.