Program Plans and Curriculum

Program Plans

Four-Year Course Sequences

Minor, Certification,
or Student-Designed Concentration

Students in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) will select a minor, concentration, specialization or certification as part of their program of study.

Certified Family Life Educator

Our program is approved by the National Council of Family Relations for the provisional Certified Family Life Educator credential. As this certificate is granted by the National Council on Family Relations, you should refer to NCFLE's certification webpage for the requirements and application process. Please note the following course requirements for the certification.
  • HDFS-313 Parent Education (2 credits)
  • FCSE-451 Family Life Ed programs (2 credits)
  • Plus 14 credits from suggested lists.

    Required courses for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator require a “C” or better.

Wisconsin Social Work Training Certificate

HDFS students interested in social work as a career can use a student-designed concentration to obtain a Wisconsin Social Work Training Certificate (SWTC). In order to apply for a SWTC, HDFS graduates must complete all five social work courses (15 credits) and an 8-credit internship at UW-Stout. They then have two years to pass a national and state examination in social work. Upon successful completion of these requirements, HDFS graduates would be awarded a certified social worker title in the State of Wisconsin. This certification can assist in obtaining entry-level social work positions in Wisconsin, but is not equivalent to being a licensed social worker. Students interested in becoming a licensed social worker and working in other states than Wisconsin are encouraged to obtain a Masters in Social Work (MSW).

Undergraduate Bulletin

Transfer Information

Student Forms

Substitutions, waivers and concentrations should be discussed with your adviser and/or program director. Forms are available on the Student Forms page of the Provost's Office website.