Child and Adolescent Development

EducatorEDUCATION

Elementary, Middle or High School

Potential Jobs/Job Title– Classroom Paraeducator, Classroom Teacher

Recommended Courses Beyond HDFS

PSYC- 2400: Developmental Psychology, 2500: Learning, 2501: Cognitive Psychology, 3400: Theories in Developmental Psychology

Potential Internships/Fieldwork

HDFS 3080: Supervised Field Experience
Internships may take place in early childhood programs or elementary/middle schools

Advanced Degrees – BA or MA

Important Resources

CT Education Certification
UConn Teacher Certification

Government, Law & Public PolicyGOVERNMENT, LAW & PUBLIC POLICY

Potential Jobs/Job Title– Family Policy Analyst, Child Advocate, Military Family Support Services Specialist, Cooperative Extension Specialist

Recommended Courses Beyond HDFS

PSYC- 3402W: Laboratory in Developmental Psychology 
SOCI- 1251: Social Problems, 1701: Society in Global Perspective, 2301: Criminology, 2501: Sociology of Intolerance and Injustice, 3311: Deviant Behavior, 3315: Juvenile Delinquency, 3501: Ethnicity and Race

Potential Internships/Fieldwork

HDFS 3080: Supervised Field Experience
Internship experiences may take place in state offices that serve children and families or in University Extension programs

Advanced Degrees– BA or MA

Important Resources

Administration of Children and Families
CT State Office of the Child Advocate
UConn Extension Programs

ResearchRESEARCH

Potential Jobs/Job Title– Research Assistant in a Grant funded projects (e.g., University Health Science Centers, any University), Graduate Student (MA/PhD)

Recommended Courses Beyond HDFS

PSYC- 2100WQ: Principles of Research in Psychology, 2101: Introduction to Multicultural Psychology, 2400: Developmental Psychology, 2500: Learning, 2501: Cognitive Psychology, 2700: Social Psychology, 2701: Social Psychology of Multiculturalism, 3106: Black Psychology, 3300: Abnormal child Psychology, 3400: Theories in Developmental Psychology 
SOCI- 1501: Race, Class and Gender, 3211Q: Quantitative Methods in Social Research, 3311: Deviant Behavior, 3401: Social Organization, 3501: Ethnicity and Race

Potential Internships

Fieldwork HDFS 4099: Independent Study for Undergrad
See a HDFS faculty member with similar research interests
Internships can take place in research projects located at UConn, University Health Science Centers, or other local research-funded programs

Advanced Degrees– BA or MS

Important Resources

Degree Programs in Family Studies
How to become a research assistant

Social Work

HUMAN/SOCIAL SERVICES

Potential Jobs/Job Title– Child Protective Service Specialist, Family Service, Social Security Service Specialist, Social Worker, Outpatient Mental care Specialist

Recommended Courses Beyond HDFS

PSYCH- 2101: Introduction to Multicultural Psychology, 2201: Drugs and Behavior, 2400: Developmental Psychology, 2501: Cognitive Psychology, 2701: Social Psychology of Multiculturalism, 3300: Abnormal Child  Psychology, 3400: Theories in Developmental Psychology, 3402W
SOCI- 1251: Social Problems, 2501: Sociology of intolerance and Injustice, 3307: Drugs and Society, 3311: Deviant Behavior, 3315: Juvenile Delinquency, 3425: Social Welfare and Social Work, 3501: Ethnicity and Race

Potential Internships

Fieldwork HDFS 3080 : Supervised Field Experience
Internship opportunities may take place in CT Department of Child and Family Services, CT Association for Human Services, or any local community child and youth service program

Advanced Degrees– BA or MA/MS

Important Resources

CT Department of Children and Family
CT Association of Human Services
CT Voices for Children

Youth ServicesYOUTH PROGRAM SERVICES

Potential Jobs/Job Title– Program Director/Coordinator in Programs Serving Youth, After School Program Director or Coordinator, Summer Camp Program Manager, Faith-based Youth Fellowship Coordinator

Recommended Courses Beyond HDFS

PSYC- 2101: Introduction to Multiculturalism Psychology, 2201: Drugs and Behavior, 2400: Developmental Psychology, 2501: Cognitive Psychology, 2701: Social Psychology of Multiculturalism, 3400: Theories in Developmental Psychology
SOCI- 3315: Juvenile Delinquency, 3501: Ethnicity and Race

Potential Internships

Fieldwork HDFS 3080: Supervised Field Experience
Internships can occur at non-profit governmental agencies, nonprofits (e.g., Family Services of Greater Waterbury, JumpStart, Waterbury Youth Services, New Opportunities Inc., YMCA) or any private organization providing youth and family services.

Advanced Degrees– BA, MA, or PhD (Director positions may require an advance degree)

Important Resources

What is a non-profit organization?
What is a non-governmental organization?
YMCA