Office of Assessment, Accreditation, and Academic Program Planning

UNCG Student Learning Outcomes


The M.S. Program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) serves to enhance the lives of people internationally, nationally, and locally by producing research-oriented emerging professionals who are trained to translate and apply new information about how children, youth, adults, and families develop in their many and diverse contexts, particularly their family, child care, school, community, and work relationships/settings. Aligning with UNCG's Strategic Plan, the HDFS M.S. Program provides an inclusive learning community fostering intellectual inquiry to prepare students for meaningful lives and engaged citizenship, to engage in collaborative scholarship to enhance the quality of life across the lifespan, and to provide intercultural and international experiences and perspectives into learning. HDFS M.S. students’ programs of study are multidisciplinary and designed to help students acquire foundational knowledge and skills, identify specialized interests, and pursue career goals in human development, family studies, early care and education, and sociocultural context, including teaching within the community-college system. The learning goals of the M.S. Program include:

  1. acquiring a comprehensive understanding of major theoretical perspectives in family studies and human development;
  2. critically analyzing research articles;
  3. applying essential aspects of research methods and statistics;
  4. documenting emerging expertise in a specific substantive area; and
  5. demonstrating strong oral and written communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

Foundational Theory
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of major theoretical perspectives in family studies and human development by being able to compare and contrast various theoretical ideas.

Critically Analyze Research
Demonstrate competency in evaluating research articles in fields of human development and family studies.

Foundational Skill in Research Methods
Apply essential aspects of research methods and statistics to the examination of research hypotheses.

Identify a Substantive Focus
Thoroughly review literature in a selected substantive area in human development or family studies.

Demonstrate Verbal and Written Skills
Demonstrate professional communication skills both orally and in writing across a variety of professional experiences.

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