Human Development and Family Sciences (BS or Minor)


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:


OSU-Cascades Admissions, 541-322-3100,







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.

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 MS in Counseling program at OSU).

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.


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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 Internship. Internships are ten weeks in length and range from six hours a week onsite to 27 hours a week onsite. Students in the Child Development option experience Internships in preschools, kindergarten or first grade classrooms in public elementary schools and serve special populations of young children and families. Human Services students experience their Internship in non-profit and government agencies throughout Central Oregon.

Internship Placement

The Internship experience takes advanced planning. Below is an Internship Placement Process document to assist the student with the various steps needed to secure a placement.

Child Development

Outline and checklist of the steps for the placement process for the Child Development Internship. This document explains the step-by-step process to secure an internship in the Child Development option.

Human Services

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

Internship Forecasting Deadlines

For Students planning to do HDFS 410 internships in their final year, the following deadlines apply:

• Child Development option Forecasting Meeting with Candace:  by November 15, (for students taking HDFS 311 in the fall) and by January 31 (for students taking HDFS 311 in the winter)

• Human Services option Forecasting Meeting with Dennis: by January 31

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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 Human Development

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Faculty, Adjunct and Staff

 Cameron Fischer

Cameron Fischer




Jennifer Edwards




 Donna Harris

Donna Harris

Admin. Coordinator

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 Shannon Lipscomb

Shannon Lipscomb

Associate Professor


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 Dennis Lynn

Dennis Lynn

Program Lead


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 Meredith Mason

Meredith Mason

Placement Coordinator


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 Lura Reed

Lura Reed




 Susan Reichert