The Human Development and Family Studies, M.S. program at The University of Alabama will prepare students for advanced employment as supervisors and/or leaders in a variety of occupations serving children, adults, and families and/or to pursue doctoral study.

Required Major Courses

Hours
HD 500Lifespan Human Development3
HD 562Dynamics Of Family Reltn3
HES 509Research Methods3
BER 540Statistical Methods In Educ3
Total Hours12

Support Courses

Hours
HD 512Adult Development3
HD 535Parent/Child Relationshp3
HD 545Addiction and the Family3
HD 550Hospitalzd Child & Youth3
HD 551Loss And Bereavement3
HD 561Theories Family Studies3
HD 567Pract Marriage Family Therapy3
HD 568Pract I Marriage Family Thery3
HD 576Sem Human Sexuality3
HD 580Children and Divorce3
HD 591Sp Prob Hum Dev Fam Stdy1-6
HD 598Research Practicum1-6
HD 599Thesis Research1-6
HD 601Advanced Child Development3
HD 602Adv Infant Development3
HD 603Adv Adol Development3
HD 631Readings Human Developmt3
HD 640Couple and Sex Therapy3
HD 641MFT Ethics (MFT Ethics)3
HD 645Cultural Diversity in Marriange and Family Therapy3
HD 664Family Therapy3
HD 665Advanced Family Therapy3
HD 667Pract II Marriage Family Ther3
HD 668Intern Marriage Family Therapy1-6
HD 689Practicum Human Developm3-6
HD 670Internship in Child Life (Internship in Child Life)9

Students must complete a Capstone experience. Students completing a M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and choosing no concentration will complete a thesis (6 credit hours), whereas students completing the Parent and Family Life Education, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Child Life  concentrations complete an internship and comprehensive exam (3-9 credit hours). 

HDFS M.S. with no concentration

Hours
Statistics Course Approved by Advisor3
HD 599 or Thesis Research1-6
HD 598 Research Practicum
Choose one Developmental Course3
Adv Infant Development
Advanced Child Development
Adv Adol Development
Adult Development
Choose one Family Studies Course3
Theories Family Studies
Parent/Child Relationshp
Choose 1 Elective Approved by Advisor3

The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) concentration is a non-thesis concentration, which prepares students to take the licensure examination leading to Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to the 12 credit hour Program Core, students pursuing the MFT program of study will complete 39 credit hours (24 didactic + 15 practica and internship) of concentration courses, and a comprehensive examination. Clinical opportunities are provided in the College's Capstone Family Therapy Clinic. 

MFT Concentration Courses

Hours
HD 535Parent/Child Relationshp3
HD 561Theories Family Studies3
HD 640Couple and Sex Therapy3
HD 641MFT Ethics (MFT Ethics)3
HD 645Cultural Diversity in Marriange and Family Therapy3
HD 664Family Therapy3
HD 665Advanced Family Therapy3
SW 515Psychopathology3
HD 567Pract Marriage Family Therapy3
HD 568Pract I Marriage Family Thery3
HD 667Pract II Marriage Family Ther3
HD 668Intern Marriage Family Therapy6
Total Hours39

 The Parent and Family Life Education (PAFLE) concentration allows students the opportunity to develop professional skills to plan and implement preventive educational programs and intervention services for children and families, as well as the opportunity to become a Certified Family Life Educator by The National Council on Family Relations. In addition to the 12 credit hour program core, the PAFLE concentration requires 18 credit hours and the completion of an internship and comprehensive exam. Students without prior undergraduate or graduate coursework in human sexuality, program evaluation, and public policy will need to complete additional coursework.

Parent and Family Life Education Concentration Courses

Hours
HD 561Theories Family Studies3
HD 535Parent/Child Relationshp3
HD 591Sp Prob Hum Dev Fam Stdy3
Choose two from the following developmental courses6
Adv Infant Development
Advanced Child Development
Adv Adol Development
Choose one Elective Approved by Advisor3
Total Hours18

The concentration in Child Life is a non-thesis concentration, which prepares students to take the Child Life Professional Certification Exam to become a Certified Child Life Specialist. In addition to the 12 credit hour program core, students pursuing the Child Life concentration will complete 24 credit hours and a comprehensive examination. 

Child Life Concentration Courses

Hours
HD 550Hospitalzd Child & Youth3
HD 551Loss And Bereavement3
HD 535Parent/Child Relationshp3
HD 591Sp Prob Hum Dev Fam Stdy3
Choose 1 Developmental Course3
Adv Infant Development
Advanced Child Development
Adv Adol Development
HD 670Internship in Child Life (Internship in Child LIfe)9
Total Hours24