2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Human Development and Family Sciences, BA, Concentration: Early Childhood

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About the Program

Apply NowThe Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) field offers its professionals a chance to work with a variety of individuals of any age and their families in different service settings. HDFS courses prepare you for future work with members of families, helping them through systems and enhancing their relationships through experiential learning in the community while providing a foundation of knowledge for your career. The Early Childhood Specialization is for those students who want to learn about and work with children ages 0-8 and their families. This program does not lead to licensure, although students who successfully complete the program qualify for an abbreviated application process to obtain CFLE (Certified Family Life Educator) certification after graduation.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for HDFS 35400 and HDFS 45501; minimum grade of C- required for BHS 10300, ENGL 10400, SOC 10000, and all HDFS and Modern Language courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
  • Certain courses may only be available at one campus location

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits)

CHESS College Core (24 Credits)

Other Required Courses (21 Credits)

  • Free Electives (21 Credits)

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C required for HDFS 35400 and HDFS 45501; minimum grade of C- required for BHS 10300, ENGL 10400, SOC 10000, and all HDFS and Modern Language courses; 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1:  Freshman Seminar Behavioral Sciences (FYE) requirement also met with any other PNW (FYE) 1-3 credit course.

Note 2:  A proficiency through level IV in one world language is required.

Note 3:  All four CHESS Core seminar courses, CHSS 10000, CHSS 20000, CHSS 30000, and CHSS 40000, must be taken. Duplicates are not allowed.


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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