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Human Development and Family Science & Elementary Education Dual Degree Program

The Human Development and Family Science (Child Development option) & Elementary Education program is a collaborative effort between NDSU and Valley City State University (VCSU). Through this curriculum, offered on the NDSU campus, students are concurrently enrolled in both universities, culminating in a bachelor’s degree from NDSU in Human Development and Family Science (Child Development option) as well as a bachelor’s degree from VCSU in Elementary Education. Students are certified to teach Elementary Education in public schools and may, with additional course work and an additional student teaching experience, be certified to teach kindergarten as well. The HDFS degree complements and strengthens the Elementary Education curriculum and helps future teachers understand development and its diversity, making them more effective teachers and helping them work with children from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Major Requirements

Dual Degree Program
Major at NDSU: Human Development & Family Science
Major at VCSU: Elementary Education

Degree Type at: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 126

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A list of approved general education courses is available here .
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, should they apply.
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

Major Requirements

HDFS & Elementary Education Requirements
HD&E 189Skills for Academic Success 11
HDFS 135Family Science (May satisfy general education category B)3
HDFS 242Couples, Marriages and Families (May satisfy general education category W)3
HDFS 250Introduction to Research Methods in Human Development and Family Sciences3
HDFS 330Child Development3
HDFS 475Children and Families Across Cultures (May satisfy general education category B and D)3
EDUC 210Creative Activities2
EDUC 240Educating Exceptional Students2
EDUC 250Introduction to Education3
EDUC 283Understanding Cultural Diversity3
EDUC 300Educational Technology2
EDUC 315Math in the Elementary School3
EDUC 320Social Studies in the Elementary School3
EDUC 321Foundations of Reading Instruction3
EDUC 322Methods of Language Arts Instruction3
EDUC 323Reading in Elementary School2
EDUC 330Children's Literature3
EDUC 350Elementary School Practicum and Classroom Management (2 cr.)3
& HDFS 496
Field Experience (1 cr.)
EDUC 352Culturally Diverse Practicum1
EDUC 355Science Methods/Elementary Teachers3
EDUC 400Educational Psychology2
EDUC 450Trends in Assessment & Education Issues2
EDUC 490Student Teaching (Elementary - 10 cr.)11
& HDFS 496
Field Experience (1 cr.)
GEOL 105Physical Geology (May satisfy general education category S and G)3
or GEOL 106 The Earth Through Time
HIST 103U.S. to 1877 (May satisfy general education category A)3
or HIST 104 U.S. Since 1877
MATH 104Finite Mathematics (May satisfy general education category R)3
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology (May satisfy general education category B)3
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology (May satisfy general education category B)3
HDFS Electives: (Cannot take HDFS 230 or HDFS 496)
HDFS300-400 level6
Other Elementary Education Requirements
Biology Elective3
Chemistry or Physics Elective3
CSCI 114Microcomputer Packages (May satisfy general education category S)3
or MIS 116 Business Use of Computers
GEOG 111Survey of Geography2
MATH 277Math for Elementary Teachers I3
MATH 278Math for Elementary Teachers II2
EDUC 491Seminar (Senior Portfolio)1
College Requirement
HD&E 320Professional Issues1
Total Credits109

 HD&E 189 is only required for first-time, first-year students--A first-time, first-year student is defined as a student who has not yet completed a college course as a college student.  Students that are not first-time, first-year students that either transfer into the university or change their major are not required to take HD&E 189. 

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A grade of ‘C’ or better is required for all HDFS courses for graduation.
  • A 2.50 cumulative GPA is required in major courses for graduation.
  • Course taken Pass/Fail will not be used to satisfy any requirements other than total credits.
  • Though not required, many majors pursue a Reading or STEM credential or an endorsement in Kindergarten, Middle School, English Language Learners (ELL), or as a Special Education Strategist.

Plan of Study

HD&E 1891ENGL 1203 
HDFS 1353MATH 1043 
PSYC 1113CSCI 114 or MIS 1163 
ENGL 1104HIST 103 or 1043 
COMM 1103PSYC 2503 
Science & Tech Gen Ed3  
 17 15
HDFS Elective (any level)3HDFS 3303 
HDFS 2423HDFS 300-400 level elective3 
HDFS 2503Science & Tech Gen Ed3 
Science & Tech Gen Ed3EDUC 250: Introduction to Education3 
Co-Req Science & Tech Gen Ed Lab Course1EDUC 283: Understanding Cultural Diversity3 
Humanities & Fine Arts Gen Ed3  
 16 15
HDFS 4753HD&E 3201EDUC 210: Creative Activities2
HDFS 300-400 level elective3EDUC 315: Math Methods3 
EDUC 300: Education Technology2EDUC 320: Social Studies Methods3 
EDUC 240: Exceptional Students2EDUC 321: Foundation of Reading3 
MATH 277: Math for Elementary Education I3EDUC 330: Children's Literature3 
EDUC 352: Culturally Diverse Practicum1EDUC 450: Assessment & Education Issues2 
GEOG 1112MATH 278: Math for Elementary Education II2 
 16 17 2
ENGL 325, 358, or 4593HDFS 496*1 
EDUC 322: Language Arts Methods3EDUC 400: Educational Psychology2 
EDUC 323: Reading Methods2EDUC 490: Student Teaching10 
EDUC 350: Elementary Education Practicum2EDUC 491: Seminar (Senior Portfolio)1 
EDUC 355: Science Methods3  
 13 14
Total Credits: 125

Students should NOT enroll themselves inHDFS 496 via Campus Connection.  The NDSU Registration and Records office automatically enrolls students in the course during the student's teaching semester.