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The Child Development Department at HSU 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 Humboldt State University (HSU), 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 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
  • "I chose Humboldt State because I heard it had a great child development program which is what I wanted to study. I loved that this program gave me the opportunity to work in the child development lab and really practice the things I was learning in class. Since I graduated, I started the multiple subject teaching credential program at Sonoma State University and am currently a part time student teacher in a second grade classroom."

    Raina Blandini-Lake
    Class of 2017
  • "The Child Development program offered unique experiences that helped me succeed and grow into a professional. The courses and professors equip their students with the proper tools that allows them to recognize and advocate for children’s needs. The practicum and direct field experiences gives students the opportunities to use the tools and learn how to make decisions while being on the floor. Through our professional growth, professors gave instructional feedback that students could use to reflect on our strengths and what needed to be worked on. As a student who lived far away from home, the professors and staff always made me feel welcomed. I was able to express my concerns and share my thoughts."

    Viviana Martinez
    CDL Assistant Teacher, Class of 2017

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