Student Conduct Expectations for HDFS Majors
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) exists for the pursuit of knowledge through teaching, learning, and research conducted in an atmosphere of physical and intellectual freedom. Moreover, members of the UH academic community are committed to engage in teaching, learning, research, and community service and to assist one another in the creation and maintenance of an environment which supports these activities. It is therefore the policy of the University that members of the academic community may not violate the rights of one another nor disrupt the basic activities of the institution (as provided in section 1-4, chapter 1 of the Board of Regents’ Bylaws and Policies [part D]). Students who are disruptive are, consequently, subject to a variety of academically related penalties which may include reprimand, probation, restitution, suspension, or expulsion.
It must be recognized that members of the academic community have the same privileges and responsibilities with respect to the law as do members of the larger society. As a result, members of the UHM campus community must acknowledge that when the interests of the University are violated by a student, the student is accountable to the institution and may also be held responsible to civil authorities. These interests of the University are described in the University’s Conduct Code.
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences will follow the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Campus Conduct Code policy. These policies are highlighted in each catalog and located online at the UHM Campus Policies page from the UHM catalog.
PLAGIARISM, defined as “the act of passing off as one's own the ideas or writings of another” is unacceptable and will result in a failing (“F”) grade for the assignment. Work submitted to other instructors to fulfill other class requirements may NOT be submitted to meet requirements of this class.
It is a privilege to be a member of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa community. This privilege provides students with the opportunity to learn and to participate in the many programs that are offered on campus. Along with this privilege, students are expected to be responsible in relationships with others and to respect the interests of the institution. These interests are fully set forth in the University’s Student Conduct Code.
- Advising is mandatory every semester. Be sure to meet with any of the CTAHR academic advisors prior to registration.
- Prior to registering for classes, students should check the UHM catalog for complete information about prerequisites for courses in other departments.
- Take HDFS 230, 340, and 360 as early as possible (which are prerequisites for the Support Courses) as well as 380/380L. These courses must be completed with letter grades of C (not C-) or better.
Students should take HDFS 492 Internship concurrently with HDFS 495 Capstone Portfolio in their final semester.
Prior to registering for HDFS 492, students must attend the internship orientation meeting regarding the internship application process one semester before doing the internship. This meeting is scheduled in the first two weeks of every semester. E-mail reminders will be sent to students. [Students must complete all required courses prior to taking HDFS 492.]
The Capstone Portfolio (HDFS 495) class is to be taken in their final semester. Students must complete all required courses prior to taking HDFS 495. In the HDFS 495 (writing intensive) class, students will be required to put together a portfolio to showcase the depth and breadth of their learning. Please be sure to keep your course syllabi and assignments because these documents will have to be included in the student’s portfolio
Total credit requirements: 120 credits, including 45 upper division credits.
HDFS 492: Internship
All HDFS majors are required to complete a 180-hour internship in their final semester before graduation, or the summer before graduation. Enrollment is restricted to students who have officially been accepted into HDFS by the internship application deadline. Students must complete all of the HDFS major required courses with a C or better prior to starting their internship. These classes are:
- HDFS 230 – Human Development
- HDFS 340 – Intimacy, Marriages and Families
- HDFS 360 – Family Resource Management
- HDFS 380 – Research Methodology
- HDFS 380L – Research Methodology Laboratory
It is strongly recommended that students plan their curriculum to include taking at least 2-3 courses specific to their internship interest area prior to their internship semester. For example, students interested in early childhood education should take HDFS 331, ITE 415-415L, and ITE 417 at the minimum, and also ITE 416-416L if possible.
Students must apply for internship one semester prior to the semester in which they plan to do their internship. Orientation meetings for prospective internship students are held within the first two weeks of each semester. Students must attend this orientation meeting before submitting an application. An application, 3 copies of a resume, 3 copies of UH System grades, a self-assessment survey, and a copy of the applicant’s preliminary graduation check form must be submitted to the Internship Coordinator by the application deadline. Placement in a cooperating agency will be made by the Internship Coordinator.
As part of their internship, students are required to spend 12 hours per week for 15 weeks (180 hours) in an agency setting. Therefore, students are advised to arrange their schedule of courses to allow for blocks of time (e.g., two 6-hour or three 4-hour blocks) to fulfill their internship requirements. Student-athletes are advised to plan their curriculum to complete their internship requirement in their off-season. Students taking internship in the summer are required to spend 30 hours per week for 6 weeks.
Students are also advised to take a lighter course load when enrolled in internship.
Students who generally work during the school semester or summer should note that their work hours may be significantly affected, and they will need to make appropriate plans to handle their financial situation. Internships are not paid. Students are required to purchase professional liability insurance during the internship semester.
HDFS 495: Capstone Portfolio Development
In addition to internship, all HDFS students must take HDFS 495 (Capstone Portfolio) in their final semester. In this capstone course, students will develop a professional portfolio that will document the breadth and depth of their learning, and offer an opportunity to consider where they have been, are at present, and would like to go in their professional development. HDFS students should save all their course syllabi, papers and other scholarly products (such as brochures, presentations, literature reviews, bibliographies, and research projects) from HDFS and other related courses for review and possible use in the development of the Capstone portfolio.
The Human Development and Family Studies curriculum provides a strong foundation for graduate study. For those interested in doing graduate work in our discipline, there are many HDFS-related graduate programs on the mainland. Graduates who pursue their graduate education in Hawai‘i can choose from a number of different options depending upon their career goals and personal interests. Some examples are: Counseling, Early Childhood Education, Education, Public Administration, Public Health, Social Work, and Family Law. A 3.0 GPA is usually the minimum acceptable for consideration for graduate school.
Planning ahead is critical to successful applications to graduate school. It is best to begin researching programs at least a year before you plan to apply. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and other required tests (these vary by program) should be taken the fall prior to your anticipated application period. Applications are usually due in January or February. Check with your desired program for specific prerequisites or admission requirements.
For Students Planning to Work in Early Education Settings
In order to become certified in Hawai‘i as a licensed early childhood teacher, either a Child Development Associate degree (CDA) or an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education along with a measure of experience (usually 2 years) is required. However, for UHM-HDFS undergraduate students, the courses listed below are recommended for those interested in working with infants, toddlers and/or preschool children. Please note the suggested timeline for taking these courses:
|1. Child Development
||HDFS 331, Infancy and Early Childhood (3 cr.)
|2. Parent Involvement
||HDFS 341 Parenting (3 cr) or SPED 425 (3 cr.)
|3. Preschool Teaching
ITE 415-415L, Early Childhood: Foundations and Curriculum (6 cr). Taught in Spring Semester only and recommended for Spring of HDFS Junior Year
ITE 417, Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Ages 3-8 (3 cr). To be completed before HDFS Internship and recommended for Spring of HDFS Junior Year
ITE 416-416L, Early Childhood: Foundations and Curriculum (6 cr). Prerequisites: ITE 415. Offered only in Fall Semester and recommended before HDFS Internship (does not substitute for HDFS 492)
Master’s of Education in Early Childhood Education
The College of Education (COE) in collaboration with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) offers a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (MEd/ECE). Inter-professional collaboration between faculty and students in special education, early childhood education, and child and family development is a key element of courses taught in the program. The program is designed to support professional development and promote leadership for those who desire to work in a variety of programs dealing with children between infancy and 5 years of age.
Two courses are required as prerequisites before admission to the program: ITE 417 (3 credits) and HDFS 331 (3 credits). These two courses satisfy the prerequisites for application to the MEd/ECE Program, along with a 2.80 GPA, 3 letters of reference, and a personal statement of intent to work in the field of Early Childhood Education. Students may take the two additional required curriculum courses (ITE 415-415L and 416-416L) as electives in the HDFS program, unclassified graduates before starting the Master’s program, or during the master’s program, after acceptance.
For more information or the most up-to-date application requirements, please contact:
Director, Early Childhood Education
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
firstname.lastname@example.org, (808) 956-0337
Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) Curriculum
The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) sponsors the only national program to certify family life educators. Family life education provides skills and knowledge to enrich individual and family life. It includes knowledge about how families work; the interrelationship of families and society, human growth and development throughout the life span, the physiological and psychological aspects of human sexuality, the impact of money and time management on daily family life, the importance and value of parent education, the effects of policy and legislation on families, ethical considerations in professional conduct, and a solid understanding and knowledge of how to teach and/or develop curriculum to address issues that are often sensitive and personal.
Provisional Certified Family Life Educator
The HDFS undergraduate program at UHM has been approved by NCFR as meeting the Standards and Criteria required for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator designation. HDFS graduates who complete the specified courses in ten family life substance areas listed below can apply to NCFR for Provisional Certification through an Abbreviated Application process. The required courses are listed below by Substance Area. Applicants must complete all courses or combination of courses listed.
Ten Family Life Substance Areas
||Families in Society
||Internal Dynamics of Families
||Human Growth & Development
||HDFS 340 and HDFS 350
||Family Resource Management
||Parent Education & Guidance
||Family Law & Public Policy
||Family Life Education Methodology
Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)
To fulfill NCFR requirements to become a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE), a graduate needs to have completed the specific courses in 10 substance areas and the equivalent of 2 years of full-time (30+ hours per week) experience in family life education. A total of 3,120 hours needed to qualify for full certification. The required work experience assures that CFLEs have had adequate real world experience. Family life education work experience is defined as paid employment that involves prevention and education for individuals and families that leads to more productive and satisfying living. Volunteer work may be considered but it must be in addition to paid employment and should be supported with some kind of training or formal preparation. Employment is typically demonstrated through curriculum and material development, and the development or presentation of workshops, courses or programs involving life skills; i.e. communication, parenting, financial management, sexuality, etc. Family life education can also involve program administration and policy development. Counseling, therapy, day care, preschool teaching and/or administration and case management are not typically considered to be family life education. For more information, check the NCFR website.
Human Development and Family Studies with a Concentration in Gerontology
The older population is growing at an unprecedented rate in the U.S. and around the world. In the U.S., the longevity revolution is well on its way with life expectancies reaching record highs for both males (75.7 years) and females (80.8 years) while the mortality rate fell for the eighth straight year to an all-time low of 760.3 deaths per 100,000 population in 2007 (CDC, 2009). By 2040, the number of people 65 years of age and older is projected to double from 2008 and reach 80 million. By then, one in every five persons in the U.S. will be an older person (Kinsella & He, 2009).
Having the longest life expectancy in the nation, Hawaiʻi’s population is aging faster than the national average. By 2023, older adults will constitute 20% of Hawaiʻi’s projected 1.4 million population and at the same time, its oldest-old population (aged 85 and over).
Gerontologists work in many different settings such as retail businesses, non-profit agencies, retirement communities, insurance companies, health maintenance organizations and hospitals, universities and research agencies, community clinics, job re-training and placement agencies, adult day care centers, senior centers, faith-based agencies, and county, state and federal government agencies. They may:
- provide direct services to older adults
- plan and evaluate programs for the elderly
- educate and train paraprofessionals and professionals who serve older adults
- craft policies and administer programs
- conduct research in aging
- advocate for older adults
Increasingly so, there is a shift from perceiving older adults from stereotypic negative perspectives (e.g., having impairments and disability, and living in nursing homes) to positives ones. As baby boomers get into their older years, these next waves of older adults are better educated, and are more likely to lead active, fully engaged lives. Hence, besides the traditional areas of work listed above, “newer” exciting career and business opportunities exist for those who are interested to work with this segment of the population. Below are a few examples:
- Sports and wellness programs
- Food and beverage industries
- Travel and tour industries
- Lifelong learning and mentoring programs
- Volunteer management 18
- Community planning and development
- Architecture and interior design
- Retirement, financial and estate planning
- Fashion and consumer product design
Courses and their prerequisites taken in gerontology related courses may count as electives toward the HDFS major. The following courses are being offered on the UH-Mānoa campus. However, not all courses are offered every semester. So, please check with the respective departments and colleges for course availability.
- Human Development and Family Studies 334, Middle Age and Aging (3). Pre: 230.
- Food Science and Human Nutrition 370, Lifespan Nutrition, Module 3: Adult and Elderly Nutrition (1). Pre: 185 and ANSC 244 or FSHN 244, or consent. Spring only.
- Nursing 343, Gerontology: It’s Nursing Implications (3). Pre: open to non-nursing majors with consent.
- Psychology 342, Adult Development and Aging (3). Pre: 100. Recommended: 240.
- Religion 394, On Death and Dying (3). Pre: 150 or 151 or consent.
- Sociology 353, Survey of Sociology of Aging (3). Pre: 100 or any 200-level SOC course or junior standing, or consent.
- Sociology 453, Analysis in Sociology of Aging (3). Pre: SOC 353.
Also, some courses in the Shidler College of Business may be valuable to take.
- Friends of the Family is a student-led organization open to anyone who has an interest in families.
- Phi Upsilon Omicron is a National Honor Society in Family and Consumer Sciences to which students who meet certain academic criteria may be invited.
Both student organizations participate in numerous service projects and fundraising throughout the year. For more information on either organization, contact a HDFS faculty member.
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Student Academic Support Services
Access to student academic support services is important to ensure your success while a student at the University of Hawaiʻi. Below is a listing of some of these services that can also be found in the UH Manoa Catalog along with appropriate contact information:
- Office of Civic and Community Engagement offers UH Manoa students and community agencies the opportunity to participate in a partnership of volunteer service.
- First Year Programs ease the transition of new students into the academic and social communities at UH Manoa. First-Year Programs provide the opportunity to develop personal relationships with faculty and other students, enhance active involvement in the educational process, and build connections to UH Manoa.
- International Student Services provides assistance to international students who come from more than countries to study at UH.Students are advised and helped to adjust to the local and U.S. cultures.
- Kokua Program (Disability Access Services) provides disability access services to students with documented physical and/or mental disabilities.Services include alternative media production, counseling, early registration, note-taking, sign language interpreting, technology access, testing accommodations and campus transportation.
- Learning Assistance Center provides tutoring, workshops, Supplemental Instruction (SI), and one-on-one appointments in which students learn appropriate study strategies and problem solving skills to achieve their academic goals.
- Mānoa Advising Center serves as an advising office for exploratory students who have not yet declared a major.
- Student Success Center in Sinclair Library offers students a welcoming and convivial place to study and to learn, and provides them the information and skills they need to be successful in their academic career and beyond. The center provides seating that facilitates collaborative learning, is open long hours, and permits students to bring their own snacks, all in a space that has natural light and air.
- Student Support Services is a federally funded program that provides academic advising and planning, special courses, financial aid advice, graduate and professional school advising, tutoring, mentoring, and academic enrichment activities to program students enrolled at UH Mānoa.
- Mānoa Writing Center provides free services to equip students with appropriate writing skills so they can become better and more confident writers.
Do not hesitate to discuss your needs with your academic degree advisor who can help refer you to the appropriate resource.
Human Development and Family Studies Course Descriptions
Viewable online at the University of Hawaiʻi catalog.