The Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies focuses on the study of human development, within the contexts of the family, the community, and the broader national and international culture. The Program is based on a systems view of human interaction, with emphasis on how people are affected by their environments, and how they, in turn, have an impact on others.
Careers with this degree
Graduates of this program are well positioned to pursue numerous career paths. The specialized knowledge gained during study prepares graduates to work in community-based social service agencies, early childhood education centers and programs, hospitals and hospice organizations, governmental and policy positions, and in research, writing and media development.
Human Development and Family Studies professionals are on the front lines in adoption and foster care agencies, overseeing the welfare of young children who may have been displaced by divorce, substance abuse, or death of biological parents. On the other end of the developmental spectrum, human development and family study professionals may work in nursing homes or agencies tending to the special needs of senior citizens and their caretakers.
Professionals with this degree may choose to work in pre-school settings, and may find that their academic preparation provides them an opportunity to serve as a manager or supervisor. Their special knowledge of the early phases of the lifecycle may enable them to work as early intervention professionals, helping to spot and treat children's development delays.
Professionals in this area may also provide hands-on assistance in treating people who have undergone physical or emotional trauma, or who are dealing with addictions or abuse. They may be employed as assistants in residential halfway houses specializing in helping people regain independence and dignity.
In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of family and child development, graduates in this degree program will be able to:
This degree is not designed to qualify students to become K-12 schoolteachers. Students who earn this degree, and wish to become classroom teachers for K-12 students, will also need to meet the regulations for teacher certification/ licensure in the state in which they wish to teach.
Students who wish to pursue careers as therapists, counselors, school counselors, social workers, or clinical psychologists will need to earn a Master's Degree or Doctorate to qualify for this kind of work.
Graduates of child and family development programs are well positioned to pursue numerous career paths. The specialized knowledge gained during study prepares graduates to work in community-based social service agencies; early childhood education centers and programs; hospitals and hospice organizations; governmental and policy positions; and research, writing, and media development. Child and family development professionals may choose to work in preschool settings, and may find that their academic preparation provides them an opportunity to serve as a manager or supervisor. Their special knowledge of the early phases of the lifecycle may enable them to work as early intervention professionals, helping to spot and treat childrens development delays.
Many child and family development professionals focus on work with children, but as the population ages, more people will be needed to assist the growing senior population as well. If you love people and care about the quality of their lives, a career as a child and family development specialist may be a good fit for you. The education you receive with us will help you make your dreams of helping others a reality.
We charge a $50 technology fee (per course). Additional fees might apply.Start date Any time 2015 First Monday of every month Credits 124 points
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Final Program Requirement
Electives are typically courses available at your degree level that are not currently required as a part of your degree program/academic plan. Please visit the catalog to view a complete listing of courses.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
IELTS band : 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 520
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test.
Our university welcomes international applicants from many countries around the world. We are an online university and students are not required to enter the U.S. Therefore, we do not issue I-20 or DS-2019 forms for the F-1 or J-1 student visas.
In addition to the admission requirements for undergraduate or graduate study, we may require additional documents related to residency, English proficiency, and educational background. Our institution maintains the right to require this documentation when needed.Undergraduate Students
This category includes associate, bachelor's, undergraduate courses for transfer, and undergraduate certificates. Note: Students wishing to take individual courses to transfer elsewhere must enroll as "undergraduate corses for transfer", which means you are not seeking a degree with us. All undergraduate-level applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma.
Students without college-level academic credits OR non-degree-seeking:
Students with previous college-level academic credits information:
Associate or bachelor degree students
Undergraduate certificate students
As an international student, you must have your non-U.S. college and university transcripts (those not accredited by CHEA or AUCC) evaluated by a credential evaluation agency, listed below, that can interpret your educational background received outside the United States and provide statements of U.S. equivalencies.
Agency Issued Reports
Evaluation agencies will complete your evaluation in one of two ways:
Accepted Credential Evaluation Agencies
You are responsible for contacting one of these accepted foreign education evaluation agencies to have your non-U.S. transcript evaluated, and to receive procedure and fee information:
*Because membership may change throughout the year, visit the NACES or AICE websites to see the most current information.
Agencies Should Use the Following Address to Send Transcript Evaluations:
American Public University System
Attn: Document Services
10110 Battleview Parkway, Suite 114
Manassas, VA 20109
Please note: Faxed evaluation reports are not considered official.English Proficiency for International Students
Non-exempt, non-U.S. citizens must provide verification of English proficiency by submitting the results of a standardized test.
The university's preference is for students to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, but we would accept the other standardized tests listed below as well.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Paper Based Test-520 with TWE of 4.0
Internet Based Test
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-Academic Version
Tests Requiring University Approval First
To submit one of the following tests in place of the TOEFL or IELTS, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for approval.
Advanced Placement International English Language (APIEL)
General Certificate of Education (GCE)
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGSCE)
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GSCE)
Transcripts and Other Documentation Needed
The following types of individuals are required to provide us additional documentation and should read the relevant sections below for details on the necessary documentation
Note: If you are an undergraduate student with no previous college credit, or if you are a non-degree seeking student, we will not need any transcripts.
Undergraduate Students with Previous College Credit
If you are an undergraduate student with previous college credit and you have not earned a bachelors degree or above yet, we need:
Official transcripts sent from all previous institutions
TCE application for transfer credit review
If the course work was completed at an institution not accredited by a U.S. recognized body, you will need to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an international education agency.
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.
The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than American Public University.
International applicants are required to pay each course in full using a U.S. credit card or money order. The Automatic Debit Plan (ADP) payment option is available when used with a credit card drawn from a U.S. institution.
Suggestions for international students seeking financial assistance to fund their studies at APUS:
American Public University is part of the American Public University System (APUS), which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC accredits degree-granting institutions located in a 19-state region, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
ED formally recognizes accrediting commissions that meet all federal standards, and CHEA extends recognition to accrediting bodies and their institutions that meet these established standards. Accreditation should be important to you because it determines a schools eligibility for federal and state financial aid, and may influence acceptance of transfer credits and admission to accredited graduate schools.
In addition to our HLC accreditation, our B.S. in Nursing program, as well as many of our business programs, have obtained specialized accreditation from external accrediting organizations in these specific disciplines.
Credits and degrees earned through APUS may be recognized for promotion, assignment, and position qualification standards within the military, federal government, and private sector. For students transferring to other colleges, APUS credit is considered transfer-eligible based on its accreditation. However, APUS cannot guarantee that its credit will be accepted, as acceptance of credit is always the prerogative of the receiving institution.Institutional Accreditation
This level of accreditation requires a significant amount of self-study and presentation of evidence to satisfy the demanding requirements of accrediting organizations. Obtaining accreditation with HLC demonstrates our focus on providing academic excellence and the best possible experience for our students.
As an accredited institution, our university is eligible to participate in federal educational entitlement programs such as military tuition assistance, government tuition reimbursement programs, the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill, and many corporate education assistance programs. In addition, APUS has been granted approval by the Department of Education to participate in Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs.
Further information on recognition policies and standards may be found on the following websites:
U.S. Department of Education (ED)
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
(800) USA-LEARN (800-872-5327)
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
View the APUS 2011 HLC Reaccreditation letterSpecialized Accreditation
In addition to our HLC accreditation, our university has obtained specialized/programmatic accreditation through appropriate governing organizations for the specific academic programs listed below. The curriculum for these programs meets the higher standards required by these external accrediting organizations.
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
A.S., B.S., and M.S. in Accounting; A.A. in Business Administration; Bachelor of Business Administration; Master of Business Administration; B.A. in Marketing; A.A., B.A., and M.A. in Management; A.A. and B.A. in Retail Management; A.A. and B.A. in Hospitality Management; B.A. and M.A. in Transportation and Logistics Management; and A.A. in Real Estate Studies.
The B.A. and M.A. in Reverse Logistics Management and the B.A. and M.A. in Entrepreneurship programs within the School of Business are not accredited by ACBSP. They will be eligible for accreditation once they have been standing for a minimum of two years and each has at least one graduate.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
B.S. in Nursing (RN to BSN)
CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.
Council for Education for Public Health (CEPH)
At this time, our university is not accredited by CEPH, and our prior application for CEPH accreditation lapsed on January 1, 2013. However, the governing body of the CEPH, at its June 2013 meeting, formally approved our request to begin the accreditation process for our Master of Public Health program. The steps and timeline for the CEPH accreditation process are subject to modification, and there is no assurance that we (or any institution seeking accreditation) will achieve this accreditation.Professional Recognition and Affiliation
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Sports and Health Sciences
American Sport Education Program (ASEP) (B.S.)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) (M.S.)
Information Systems Security
National Security Agency (NSA) - Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE)
Child and Family Development
National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
School of Education, M.Ed. Teaching, M.Ed. Educational Leadership, M.Ed. School Counseling
WV state approved educator certification programs (WVDE)