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The Child Development Department at Humboldt is a dynamic community of learners, committed to supporting and promoting

positive experiences for children and families. Join us in making a difference.


  • Major: LSCD

    Liberal Studies Child Development

    Bachelor of Arts

  • Major: LSCE

    Liberal Studies Child Development Elementary Education

    Bachelor of Arts

  • Minors

    Compliment your major with one of the minors offered by the Child Development Department

Hands-on Learning


Child Development Laboratory (CDL)

The Child Development Lab provides high quality hands-on learning experiences to Child Development majors as they teach preschool aged children and collaborate with their peers.

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Research Opportunities

Research projects are conducted by individual faculty members, as well as by the department as a whole.

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Peer Mentor Positons

Advanced Child Development majors work side by side with faculty to provide feedback and support for students in specific classes.

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Directed Field Experience

In the Child Development Department, students have opportunities to work in the community, gaining valuable professional experience.

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Rural Youth Volunteers in India

In the summer 2018, 7 students from Cal Poly Humboldt, Arcata, California and 8 students from Lady Irwin College (LIC), New Delhi worked in two rural communities in India.

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  • "The Child Development Department helped me foster skills and knowledge of children, families and community dynamics and prepared me for a multitude of possibilities."

    Angelica Lua
    Class of 2015
  • "My time in the Child Development department was full of meaningful experiences. From the thoughtful class discussions to field work experiences, I graduated feeling both prepared and secure."

    Kayla Bereijo (Masengale)
    Class of 2015
  • "The Child Development program at Humboldt State is composed of experienced, empathetic and passionate leaders who consistently look out for the needs of their students and work hard to keep their classrooms relevant and inviting."

    Katie Dickson
    Class of 2017
  • "The child development program at HSU was truly the best decision I ever made. It took one child development class to become a CD major. I learned a lot from my instructions and peers. The class size was small enough for you to interact and get to know everyone. The faculty and staff have always been so welcoming and caring for the students in their program. If you need help, they will go out of their way to do so. They are very understanding of everyone’s situation. I don’t think I would have had that experience anywhere else. The knowledge I gained from this program really helped me to become the educator I am today. I am truly grateful to have been part of this program and had the privilege to work with such amazing people."

    Vivian A. Mayorga
    Class of 2019
  • "The child development department at HSU provided me with an exceptional foundation of understanding child development and family studies as a dynamic and interactive process. The department fostered an environment of meaningful relationships, inclusion and a sense of connectedness. I am beyond thankful for my time and experiences in this department. Currently I am a graduate student at Texas Tech University, expecting to graduate in Spring of 2021 with a M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies. I am also a graduate Research Assistant and plan to continue in the field of research."

    Beth Phelps

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