Human Development and Family Studies

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program at UVM will help prepare you for a broad range of professional careers that improve the lives of people across the entire lifespan. You will explore the ways people grow and develop, form relationships and families, and cope with the common events of life.


Individually Designed Major

The IDP offers a unique opportunity for the very capable, imaginative student to create his/her own educational program sequence and to accept the risks and challenges inherent in self-prescribed learning.


Social Work

As a professional social worker, you are qualified to work in many areas of the health, education, justice, or social service systems in the public or private sector. You could work with and on behalf of diverse groups, from infants to elders, rural families to urban families, homeless women to runaway youth. Your job duties often involve any of a wide range of activities, from prevention, crisis intervention, conflict resolution and counseling, to community organizing and organizational management.


Teacher Education

Our nationally accredited Teacher Education programs include Art, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary, Middle Level, Music, Physical Education and Secondary Education. We also offer minors and dual certifications in Special Education and Education for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, as well as a minor in Coaching. Students are required to meet specific criteria for admittance into the professional portion of the program, teaching internship placement, and recommendation for licensure.

Learn more about all Teacher Education programs on our Department of Education website.

For more information about all Teacher Education Programs, see the Department of Education website.