Welcome to Child Development

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.

Meet Child Development Students

Our students bring a wealth of experience and interests to their coursework, where they work together to reach high academic and professional expectations. The CD program has many opportunities for students to mentor one another and create professional connections.

Inside the Class

Classes in Child Development give students a broad knowledge-base, as well as service, practicum and internship experiences to prepare them for the diverse work settings our graduates join.

Class of 2015


In the Child Development Department, students have opportunities to work in the community, gaining valuable professional experience. We also have courses to help our emerging professionals refine their skills working with children in our on-campus Child Development Laboratory. Students can work with faculty members on peer mentoring or in research assistant positions. And we share connections with students who are ready to graduate, so that they can find the best graduate school or professional work placement for their interests and skills.


At Humboldt State, our Child Development Community and our connections are among our greatest resources. We can help you connect to professional organizations and supports throughout our community, as well as regionally and nationally. Find out about the Child Development Permit, the Center for Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health and the Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and other professional resources.

Question of the Week

Our students, faculty, alumni and others regularly engage in conversation about issues affecting children and families. We explore connections between course material, discuss current public policy and its impact on our work, examine with ethical questions, and expand our understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of your work. A key tool to engaging with the community around these issues is our "Question of the Week." Join our weekly community discussion.