Human Development and Family Sciences (BS or Minor)

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The Department of Human Development and Family Sciences examines human development within the context of families, schools, work, communities, and other social-cultural environments. Recognizing the diversity and challenges of contemporary life, our faculty and students study how environments can enhance - or limit - individual and family development from early childhood through the end of life.

All HDFS programs recognize the critical importance of culture and gender; diversity; and contemporary, global perspectives in the discovery of knowledge and preparation of professionals. Thus, department activities are guided by social responsibility, compassion, and high ethical standards. The HDFS program is laid out to meet student's varied paths, depending on which program is chosen the emphasis can be a minor, option or certificate.

The HDFS Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences is to advance and transmit knowledge that improves the well-being of individuals and families across the lifespan.

 HDFS - Child Development  Info sheet
 HDFS - Human Services  Info sheet

Advising Checklists for HDFS Programs:

Contact

OSU-Cascades Admissions, 541-322-3100, cascadesadmit@osucascades.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Child Development Option

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Career Opportunities

The Child Development option prepares students for careers such as an early childhood teacher, child care coordinator, Head Start Center Coordinator, home visitor, family services coordinator, classroom assistant for child with special developmental and/or typical needs. This option may also prepare a student interested in applying to the Master of Arts in Teaching program at OSU-Cascades which provides graduates with licensure to teach Early Childhood/Elementary in Oregon schools. http://www.osucascades.edu/academics/master-arts-teaching

Course of Study

The Child Development option is designed for the student who wants to work with children of various ages in a variety of settings. Coursework for this option covers a full range of classes and includes: Infant and Child Development, Adolescence, Family Studies, Fostering Learning in Early Childhood, and Family, School, and Community Collaborations. Required internship experience helps students to build bridges between theory and practice.

Human Services Option

Human Services Option

Career Opportunities

The Human Services option trains students for work in fields such as social services, child welfare, mental health and public policy.  Our graduates serve occupations such as case workers, alcohol counselors, probation officers, life skills instructors, and family support workers.  Job opportunities in Human Service work rank among the most rapidly growing occupational fields.  HDFS graduates are also prepared for further study in graduate programs such as Human Development and Family Sciences, Social Work, and Counseling. (click here for info on the Master of Counseling program at OSU-Cascades).

Courses of Study

In addition to life-span courses, students take courses such as Family Studies, Skills for Human Service Professionals, Family Violence and Neglect, Families and Poverty, Critical Thinking, and Program Development and Proposal Writing.  Required internship experience helps student to build bridges between theory and practice.

Internship

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Internship for Human Services and Child Development Options

The HDFS program provides the rewarding opportunity for students to be immersed in field experience out in the Central Oregon community through internships.

Internships are ten weeks in length and range from six hours a week onsite to 27 hours a week onsite.

Human Services

Students in the Human Services option of HDFS experience their HDFS 209 Introductory Internship (90 hours on site over ten weeks) and their HDFS 410 Advanced Internships (270 hours on site over ten weeks) in social service organizations throughout Central Oregon. These include non-profit, for-profit and government organizations.  Examples include Healthy Beginnings, DHS Child Protective Services, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Deschutes County District Attorney's Victims' Assistance Program, Bridges Academy, Abilitree, United Way of Deschutes County, DHS Aging and People with Disabilties and many, many more serving all ages.

Here is an outline of the steps for the placement process for the Human Services internship. This document explains the step-by-step process to secure an internship in the Human Services option.

Child Development

Students in the Child Development option of HDFS experience their Introductory Internships (HDFS 330 and 331) in community preschools, Head Start, MountainStar Family Relief Nursery or Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education. Their HDFS 410 Advanced Internship is done in kindergarten or first grade classrooms in public elementary schools throughout Central Oregon. Their placement process takes place the term before their internships and students work with Educational Placement Coordinators Meredith Mason (for Introductory Internship) and Nancy Hackbarth (for Advanced Internship) to acquire an internship site. 

 

330 CCD "Central Backgound Registry" Background check

HDFS 330: Fostering Learning in Early Childhood Development (4 credits)

This course will require a Child Care Division Central Background Registry background check and the cost is $3.00. This should be done four weeks in advance of the start of class as we need the clearance back prior to clearing the student for registration. This can be done online.

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Meet the Faculty/Staff

 

 

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Faculty, Adjunct and Staff

   
 Cameron Fischer

Cameron Fischer

Instructor

cameron.fischer@osucascades.edu

541-322-3100 

   

Jennifer Edwards

Instructor

scaaron@bendcable.com

541-390-1931

 

 Donna Harris

Donna Harris

Admin. Coordinator

Background Checks

donna.harris@osucascades.edu

541-322-3173

 Shannon Lipscomb

Shannon Lipscomb

Associate Professor

shannon.lipscomb@osucascades.edu

541-322-3137

Full bio

 Dennis Lynn

Dennis Lynn

Program Lead

dennis.lynn@osucascades.edu

541-322-3144

Full bio

 Meredith Mason

Meredith Mason

Placement Coordinator

meredith.mason@osucascades.edu

541-322-3127

Full bio

 

 Lura Reed

Lura Reed

Instructor

lura.reed@osucascades.edu

541-322-3146

 

 Susan Reichert

 Instructor

 reichers@onid.orst.edu

 541-419-8743