Do I need previous coursework or experience for this degree?
Students can apply to this program with no previous college credit, or can transfer into this program with 12 credits or more.
How long will it take me to finish the degree?
The amount of time it will take you to complete the degree depends on how many credits you choose to take each semester. Courses are offered in fall, spring, and summer to offer accessibility and flexibility to students. Students commonly take two to three courses each semester.
With this degree can I be licensed as a teacher in public education?
The HDFS online program does not prepare you to take the teacher's licensing exam in Colorado, although it will provide most of the necessary coursework. To become licensed, you can apply to the on campus Early Childhood Education Major (discuss applicable HDFS coursework with your advisor), a post-degree licensure program at a number of different universities, or, if you have teaching experience, you may qualify for alternative licensure. See the State of Colorado ECE Requirements for more information. Additionally, some people interested in working with children explore the State of Colorado Director Qualification option.
How much time will I need to dedicate weekly to my studies?
The amount of time you will spend weekly will depend on the amount of coursework you commit to each semester as well as your learning and studying style. It is recommended to spend at least nine to twelve hours per week on a three credit course.
Will there be interaction with other students and faculty?
You will collaborate on projects and exchange ideas with fellow classmates through email, chat rooms, and discussion board postings. Faculty are very present in these courses and will provide ongoing support and interactions by providing online office hours and email contact as well as discussion board postings.
What are the computer requirements for the HDFS program?
Online courses are delivered through Canvas and require a computer and internet access. Learn more about the minimum computer requirements for online courses »