Here you can find information about:

  • registration announcements for HDF coursework
  • featured events/opportunities relevant to HDF majors
  • the HDF Practicum information sessions held each semester
  • a list of the approved 'option' courses for the B.S. degree 

 

Registration News

Pre-requisite Issues

If you need a prerequisite waiver for one of the following situations, please call us at 512-471-7219, email (include EID) at headvising@austin.utexas.edu, or stop by GEA 37:

  • HDF 313 & 113L Child Development: if you're taking PSY 301 outside of UT or through University Extension but plan to have it complete before classes begin in January.

  • HDF 315L Research Methods: if you have credit for a statistics course other than SDS 302.

  • HDF 466 Guidance in Adult-Child Relationships: if you have completed/will have completed HDF 313 & 113L with a C- or better and want to take HDF 466 in the spring, we will waive the 'upper-division' course requirement.  Please contact the Advising Center to have a waiver submitted for you.

HDF 313 & 113L Child Development Lecture & Lab REgistration

  • Both HDF 313 & 113L must be taken together in the same semester for both majors and non-majors.

  • Add HDF 113L FIRST, and then add HDF 313.  If you are a waitlist for HDF 113L, you must get into the course before being able to add yourself to HDF 313.  

  • Please add yourself to a HDF 313 waitlist as needed - you are guanranteed a spot in HDF 313 after you get into 113L, however we can't guarantee a particular section.

 

spring 2018 HDF Upper-Division Courses Listed By Option 


Here is a list of upper-division HDF courses being taught this Spring 2018 including the HDF Option they will count towards for BS HDF Option (OPT) hours, and when/how often the course is offered.  

Also, see section below under "HDF Upper Division Course List - Including When Offered" for a comprehensive list.
 

The following courses may work as:

  • 'HDF OPT' (option) courses for your respective BS HDF track - Early Childhood, Human Development, Families and Personal Relationships, or Families and Society
  • 'HDF ANY' for the '3 hrs of additional HDF' for BS HDF 
  • 'UD HDF' (upper-division) for BSA HDF 
 

BS Option I – Early Childhood OPT courses

HDF 342 Development of Psychopathology from Infancy through Adolescence 
HDF 362 Children and Public Policy (Wr)
HDF 466 Guidance in Adult-Child Relationships* 
HDF 378K Intro to Child Life - REQUIRED for those seeking Child Life Certification
HDF 378K Intro to Early Childhood Intervention 
HDF 378K Advanced Early Childhood Intervention 
HDF 378L Theories of Child and Family Development (Wr) REQUIRED for Opt I; taught fall, spring, and typically summer

BS Option II – Human Development OPT courses

HDF 342 Development of Psychopathology from Infancy through Adolescence 
HDF 371 Adolescent Development in Context
HDF 372K Families in Transition (Wr)
HDF 378K Intro to Child Life - REQUIRED for those seeking Child Life Certification
HDF 378L Theories of Child and Family Development (Wr) REQUIRED for Opt II; taught fall, spring, and typically summer

BS Option III – Families and Personal Relationships OPT courses

HDF 322 Personal and Family Finance
HDF 337 Personal Relationships – (EL) REQUIRED for Opt III; taught once/year in either fall or spring
HDF 347 Socioeconomic Problems of Families (Wr) 
HDF 371 Adolescent Development in Context
HDF 372K Families in Transition (Wr)

BS Option IV – Families and Society OPT courses

HDF 322 Personal and Family Finance
HDF 347 Socioeconomic Problems of Families (Wr) - REQUIRED for Opt IV; taught once/year in either fall or spring
HDF 362 Children and Public Policy (Wr) REQUIRED for Opt IV
HDF 466 Guidance in Adult-Child Relationships (direct interaction with kids at the Lab School)*
HDF 378K Intro to Early Childhood Intervention 
HDF 378K Advanced Early Childhood Intervention 

*HDF 466 can be taken immediate after HDF 313 & 113L is completed. See details here about the class and about requesting a prereq waiver. 

 

HDF 466 Guidance in Adult-Child Relationships Description:

Students are able to take HDF 466 after completing HDF 313 & 113L with a C- or better. The course schedule states that the prerequisies also include 3 hrs of upper-division coursework in HDF, PSY, SOC, or education but this requirement can be waived.  Please contact the HE Advising Center if you will have HDF 313 & 113L completed and would like to take this course.

HDF 466 is a course that introduces students to skills for communicating with children and providing guidance to them in developmentally appropriate ways. During the lab portion of the course, students practice implementing these skills in the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory for four hours per week.  

Students consistently say that it is one of their favorite courses, in large part because of the lab component associated with it. The direct interaction skills that students learn are valuable professionally across a variety of fields (e.g., health care, education, social work, psychology) and personally to students as future parents.

 

HDF Practicum Information Sessions

Students planning to complete an Applied Practicum or to begin a Research Practicum in SPRING 2018 must apply by October 10th. For those planning to complete a practicum in FALL 2018, the deadline is Friday, December 8th. You have to attend an information session in order to apply.  

HDF Practicum Info Sessions (choose one):

  • Tuesday, October 10th, 5pm in BUR 108
  • Monday, October 16th, 5pm in CMA 3.114: CANCELLED
  • Wednesday, October 18th, 4pm in BUR 116

If you aren't applying to the Practicum yet, you're still encouraged to attend a session to learn more.  Students could begin a Research Practicum at any point during their time at UT.  The Applied Practicum is typically done during the final semester.

Who needs the Practicum?

BS HDFS: The Practicum is required for all BS HDFS degrees (except for Honors in Advanced HDFS): Early Childhood, Human Development, Fam/Pers Relationships, Families and Society.  The practicum is NOT required for HAHDFS students.

BSA HDFS: The Practicum is NOT required for the BSA HDFS degree but we strongly encourage ALL HDF students to apply to get great hands-on experience before you graduate!  The Practicum course(s) can also be counted towards the 18 hours of upper-division (UD) HDF coursework required for the BSA degree.  

  • For BSA applicants - It is recommended that you take HDF 340 as one of your UD HDF courses before doing the practicum, and this class is offered in the fall semester (and may be offered in summer).  

Application Deadline:

For Spring 2018 Practicums: The application deadline has been extended to Tuesday, October 10th by 5pm.
 
For Fall 2018 Practicums:  The application deadline is Friday, December 8th. 
 
The deadline for the following fall Practicum is typically December 1st, but it is being extended this semester to fill available placements for fall 2018.  
 
You must attend an information session before picking up an application.  Applications will be available at the front desk of GEA 37 any time during our office hours (Monday-Friday 8:30am-noon or 1-4:30pm).  If you've already attended a session in a previous semester and are applying this semester, you may pick up an application any time. 

HDF Practicum Courses:

The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences requires a six credit hour applied or research practicum that deals with children, families, or individuals in some capacity.  Students can meet this requirement with either:

  • One HDF 652P or HDF 652F course (final semester): applied practicum in a field setting that is completed in one semester, typically during the graduating semester
    OR
  • Two HDF 355R courses (two semesters): research practicum usually spread out over two semesters, typically during senior year but can be started any time during a student's college career

Please see The Department of Human Development and Family Sciences website for more details about the practicum and application timeline.

 

HDF Upper Division Course List - Including When Offered

All BS HDFS degrees require some of the same courses, and then each option requires coursework specific to that option.  For the BSA HDF degree, any of the following courses be can be used to count towards the upper-division HDF requirement.

Please see the Degree Checklist or Interactive Degree Audit for a detailed list of required courses.  Also, see the HDFS Curriculum page for detailed course descriptions. 

 

Option I: Early Childhood Option Courses ('HDF OPT')

  • Required upper-division courses in bold and available options for "6 hrs of additional coursework from the following list" on degree checklist/audit:
    • HDF 338 - Developmentally Appropriate Practices with Young Children - required - fall only
    • HDF 340 - Ethical/Philosophical/Professional Development Issues - required for all BS HDF degrees - fall & spring, typically offered in summer as well
    • HDF 342 - Development of Psychopathology from Infancy through Adulthood - spring only
    • HDF 345 - Peer Relationships (Wr) - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 351 - Infant Development and Attachment (Wr) - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 358 - Parent Child Relationships (Wr) - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 362 - Children & Public Policy (Wr) - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 466 - Guidance in Adult Child Relationships - fall & spring
    • HDF 378K* - Intro to Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) - fall & spring
    • HDF 378K* - Advanced ECI - spring only
    • HDF 378K* - Intro to Child Life - once/year, typically spring only
    • HDF 378L - Theories of Child & Family Development (Wr) - required - fall & spring, typically offered in the summer as well

*HDF 378K may be repeated as long as topics/titles vary


Option II: Human Development Option Courses ('HDF OPT')

  • Required upper-division courses in bold and available options for "6 hrs of additional coursework from the following list" on degree checklist/audit:
    • HDF 335 - Adult Development - required to choose two from: 335, 351, or 371 - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 340 - Ethical/Philosophical/Professional Development Issues - required for all BS HDF degrees - fall & spring, typically offered in summer as well
    • HDF 342 - Development of Psychopathology from Infancy through Adulthood - spring only
    • HDF 343 - Human Development in Minority & Immigrant Families (Wr) - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 345 - Peer Relationships (Wr) - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 351 - Infant Dvlpmt and Attachment (Wr) - required to choose two from: 335, 351, or 371 - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 356 - Evolution of Relationships - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 358 - Parent Child Relationships (Wr) - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 371 - Adolescent Development in Context - required to choose two from: 335, 351, or 371 - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 372K - Families in Transition (Wr) - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 378K* - Intro to Child Life - once/year, typically spring only
    • HDF 378K* - Sexuality in HDFS - infrequently, varies
    • HDF 378K* - Longevity in the 21st Century - infrequently, varies
    • HDF 378L - Theories of Child & Family Development (Wr) - required -  fall & spring, typically offered in the summer as well

*HDF 378K may be repeated as long as topics/titles vary



Option III: Families & Personal Relationships Option Coursework ('HDF OPT')

  • Required upper-division courses in bold and available options for "6 hrs of additional coursework from the following list" on degree checklist/audit:
    • HDF 322 Personal & Family Finance - fall and spring
    • HDF 335 - Adult Development - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 337 - Personal Relationships - required - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 340 - Ethical/Philosophical/Professional Development Issues - required for all BS HDF degrees) - fall & spring, typically offered in summer as well
    • HDF 345 - Peer Relationships (Wr) - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 347 - Socioeconomic Problems of Families (Wr) - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 356 - Evolution of Relationships - required to choose either 356 or 372K - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 358 - Parent Child Relationships (Wr) - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 360 - Methods of Family Life Education - infrequently, varies
    • HDF 371 - Adolescent Development in Context - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 372K - Families in Transition (Wr) - required to choose either 356 or 372K - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 378K* - Sexuality in HDFS - infrequently, varies
    • HDF 378K* - Longevity in the 21st Century - infrequently, varies

*HDF 378K may be repeated as long as topics/titles vary


Option IV: Families & Society Option Coursework ('HDF OPT')

  • Required upper-division courses in bold and available options for "6 hrs of additional coursework from the following list" on degree checklist/audit:
    • HDF 322 Personal & Family Finance - fall & spring
    • HDF 340 - Ethical/Philosophical/Professional Development Issues - required for all BS HDF degrees - fall & spring, typically offered in summer as well
    • HDF 343 - Human Development in Minority & Immigrant Families (Wr) - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 347 - Socioeconomic Problems of Families (Wr) - required for Opt IV - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 356 - Evolution of Relationships - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 360 - Methods of Family Life Education - infrequently, varies
    • HDF 362 - Children & Public Policy (Wr) - reqiured for Opt IV - once/year (fall or spring)
    • HDF 466 - Guidance in Adult Child Relationships - fall & spring (fall or spring)
    • HDF 378K* - Intro to Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) - fall & spring 
    • HDF 378K* - Advanced ECI - spring only
    • HDF 378K* - Intro to Child Life - once/year, typically spring only
    • HDF 378K* - Sexuality in HDFS - infrequently varies

*HDF 378K may be repeated as long as topics/titles vary