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Human Development & Community Engagement

Many students want to make a difference in children’s lives. The Human Development and Community Engagement major prepares students to influence the programs, policies, and practices of schools, agencies and governmental bodies with child-focused initiatives. Graduates with this major will be well equipped to land jobs as workers in non-profit advocacy organizations, child-care directors, personal care aides, museum education coordinators, and the like, or to work in other fields that require application of developmental knowledge.

In addition to coursework in child development, intercultural communication, research methods, urban education, and leadership, students may also select a concentration in Childhood Mental Health, Community-Based Education, or Non-Profit Organization and Advocacy. See below for more information about these three concentrations.

Because the HDCE major aims to nurture future professionals who are committed to serving their community, one particular advantage of the major is the opportunity for undergraduate students to gain practical, hands-on experience through a year-long practicum and internship in a local community organization.

Program Requirements

The Human Development and Community Engagement major requires 119 semester hours of study.  In addition to the 35 semester hours of General Education required of all Temple students, the major requires 32 semester hours of core courses; 12 semester hours of content courses[1] in the area of the student's choice; 3-12 semester hours of internship experience; 12 optional semester hours in concentration courses, and 16-37[2] semester hours of electives. 

[1]A content course is a course that is part of any major offered in the University. All four content courses must come from the same major.
[2]Elective credits depend on the number of credits in the internship and whether or not you select a concentration

Required Major Courses

Program Courses
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
AOD 2115 Conflict Resolution in Education 3
AOD 2201 Research methods in Applied Communication 3
AOD 3396 Organizational Communication 3
ECED 2101 Child Development, Birth to Nine 3
EPSY 2325 Statistics for Decision Making 3
EDUC 3332 Professional Seminar l 1
EDUC 3333 Professional Seminar ll 1
EDUC 4333 Effective Interventions for Children 3
EDUC 4441 Discourse Practices in Diverse Communities 3
SPED 2231 Introduction to Inclusive Education 3
URB ED 4496 Understanding Urban Communities 3
EDUC 4187 Practicum in Applied Development 3
EDUC 4185 Community Internship and Seminar 3-12
Total Credit Hours: 35-41

 

Admissions Requirements

Admission to Temple University is a competitive process in which your availability, aptitude and potential are assessed. For complete details on how to apply to Temple University for your undergraduate program, please visit: Undergraduate Admissions.

Concentration Information

HDCE majors can opt to take 12 semester hours of coursework in one of three concentrations.

●     The Childhood Mental Health concentration of the Human Development and Community Engagement major prepares students to work with agencies providing supports to children with mental health needs while also preparing students for potential graduate work. Students who choose the Childhood Mental Health concentration have various career options, including: school psychologist, counseling psychologist, social and human service assistant, therapist, and health educator.

Two required courses for this concentration:

SPSY 2271 Intro to School Psych (3 s.h.)

CPSY 3571 Intro to Counseling Psych (3 s.h.)

Choice of two of the following courses:

AOD 2215 Mediation: Principles and Practices (3 s.h.)

ECED 4106 The Learning Community (3 s.h.)

ECED 2105 Cognition and Learning in the Classroom (3 s.h.)

ABA 3301 Understanding Autism (3 s.h.)

●     The Community-Based Education concentration of the Human Development and Community Engagement major is designed for students who plan to work in the field of education but outside of the traditional classroom setting. Students who choose the Community-Based Education concentration may work in settings such as after-school programs, museums, and recreation and community centers.

Two required courses for this concentration:
            EDUC 1255 Inclusive Education for a Diverse Society (3 s.h.)
            EDUC 2296 Effective Teaching: Theory and Practice (3 s.h.)
Choice of two of the following courses:

AOD 3376 Facilitating Group Decision Making (3 s.h.)

ECED 4106 The Learning Community (3 s.h.)

ECED 2105 Cognition and Learning in the Classroom (3 s.h.)
            ABA 3301 Understanding Autism (3 s.h.)

●     The Non-profit Organization and Advocacy concentration of the Human Development and Community Engagement major is designed for students who want to make a difference in their communities by working and leading in a non-profit organization.  Students will gain an understanding of financial management, strategic and project based management, revenue generation and the design and structure of a non-profit organization.

Two required courses for this concentration:
            AOD 2218 Leadership and Communication (3 s.h.)
            AOD 4376 Innovation and Mission-Driven Organization (3 s.h.)
Choice of two of the following courses:
            AOD 3376 Facilitating Group Decision Making (3 s.h.)
            AOD 2215 Mediation: Principles and Practices (3 s.h.)
            ECED 4106 The Learning Community (3 s.h.)