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How long will it take?

Core curriculum: 42-43 hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

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Human Learning and Development, B.I.S.

The Human Learning and Development program provides students an opportunity to acquire a career-oriented range of skills and knowledge. Students choose from the coursework in behavior and learning disabilities, child growth and development, counseling, deaf studies, educational psychology, family and community literacy, learning technologies, and research methods and problem-solving. Courses are taught by faculty across the College of Education & Human Development’s seven departments.

No application is required for this bachelor’s degree. Students are required to declare two selected disciplines with their academic adviser or online.

Human Learning and Development, B.I.S.

The Human Learning and Development program provides students an opportunity to acquire a career-oriented range of skills and knowledge. Students choose from the coursework in behavior and learning disabilities, child growth and development, counseling, deaf studies, educational psychology, family and community literacy, learning technologies, and research methods and problem-solving. Courses are taught by faculty across the College of Education & Human Development’s seven departments.

No application is required for this bachelor’s degree. Students are required to declare two selected disciplines with their academic adviser or online.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Core curriculum: 42-43 hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

Program Highlights

Gain Career-Oriented Skills

Our interdisciplinary program of study helps students develop a wide range of career-oriented skills and knowledge in the human learning and development fields. Students choose two disciplines and complete an internship before graduating. 

Human Learning and Development Disciplines

  • Behavior and learning disabilities
  • Child growth and development
  • Counseling
  • Deaf studies
  • Educational psychology
  • Family and community literacy
  • Learning technology
  • Research methods and problem-solving

Careers

Students participate in research internships by taking EDUC 4982 Undergraduate Research in Urban Education or a practical, community-based internship through EDUC 4670 Internship in Human Learning and Development. Those interested in the EDUC 4670 option need to submit an application using an online submission form.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

The Human Learning and Development concentration is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Education and Human Development. Courses are taught by faculty from the Departments of Counseling and Psychological Services; Early Childhood and Elementary Education; Educational Policy Studies; Learning Sciences; and Middle and Secondary Education.

This concentration provides students an opportunity to acquire a career-oriented range of skills and knowledge of this important field by choosing from the coursework in behavior and learning disabilities; child growth and development; counseling; deaf studies; educational psychology; family and community literacy; learning technologies; and research methods and problem-solving.

Students should contact an advisor in the University Advisement Center or the College of Education and Human Development Office of Academic Assistance to declare the major. They should declare their major by the time they have earned 42 credit hours to avoid a delay in graduation. A 2.0 GPA is required to pursue the program.

Program of Study

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum (42-43 hours)
(See section 1410 University Core Curriculum Requirements in the undergraduate catalog)

Area F. Preparation for the Major (18 hours)

Required (9 hours):

  • EPY 2040 The Science of Learning (3)
  • EPY 2050 Human Growth and Development (3)
  • LT 2010 Computer Skills for the Information Age (3)

Choose three courses (nine hours):

  • ASL 2001 Elementary Sign Language III (3)
  • ASL 2002 Elementary Sign Language IV (3)
  • EDRD 2200 Reading for Undergraduate Success (3)
  • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts (3)
  • EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching (3)
  • EDUC 2152 Birth and Parenthood (3)
  • EDUC 2300 Introduction to Child Development (3)
  • LT 2012 Design and Development of Digital Multimedia (3)
  • LT 2100 Information Technology Research and Application (3)
  • KH 2360 Childhood Health and Wellness (3)
  • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3)
  • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Foreign Language Course at 1002, 2001, or 2002 levels (3)

Area G. Area of Concentration: Human Learning and Development (36-42 hours)

Students must complete all courses in Area G with a grade of “C-” or higher unless otherwise noted.

Required (nine hours):

  • CPS 3400 Career and Lifespan Development (3)
  • EDUC 3100 Introduction to Careers in Human Learning and Development-CTW (3)
  • EPRS 4900 Methods of Research in Human Learning and Development-CTW (3)

Choose two disciplines (30 hours)

Behavioral and Learning Disabilities (15 hours)
Required (9 hours):

  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4140 Issues of Diversity in Special Education in Urban Environments (3)
  • EXC 4760 Special Topics in Special Education (3)

Choose two courses (six hours):

  • CSD 4320 Introduction to Language Disorders (3)
  • EPY 3010 Learning, Memory, and Cognition in the Real World (3)
  • EXC 4030 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EXC 4350 Orientation to Deafness (3)
  • PSYC 4040 Developmental Psychology (3)

Child Growth and Development (15 hours)
Required (3 hours):

  • ECE 3010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3)

Choose four courses (12 hours):

  • BRFV 4370 Language, Literacy, Cognition-CTW (3)*
  • BRFV 4400 Family and Community Relationships (3)*
  • ECE 3021 Child Development (3)**
  • ECE 3500 Social-Emotional Development from Infancy to Middle Childhood (3)
  • ECE 3550 Children’s Literature in the 21st Century (3)
  • ECE 3560 Media and Children’s Learning (3)

*Students should complete EDUC 2300 or ECE 3021 before registering for BRFV 4370 and BRFV 4400.

**Because EDUC 2300 and ECE 3021 are similar in content, students cannot complete both courses. If students complete EDUC 2300 for Area F requirements, they should not register for ECE 3021 for the Child Growth and Development discipline.

Counseling (15 hours)
Required (nine hours)

  • CPS 3200 Diversity and Human Relations (3)
  • CPS 3300 Interpersonal Communication Skills (3)
  • PSYC 3140 Psychopathology and Abnormal Psychology (3)

Select two courses (six hours)

Deaf Studies (15 hours)
Required (12):

  • EXC 4350 Orientation to Deafness (3)
  • EXC 4365 Audiological Considerations (3)
  • EXC 4370 American Sign Language and Deaf Culture I (3)
  • EXC 4380 American Sign Language and Deaf Culture II (3)

Choose one course (3)

  • AL 4151 Communication Across Cultures-CTW (3)
  • CSD 4480 Introduction to Hearing and Science Disorders (3)
  • SW 3700 Communication Skills for Social Workers (3)

Educational Psychology (15 hours)
Required (15 hours):

  • EPY 3010 Learning, Memory and Cognition in the Real World (3)
  • EPY 4190 Introduction to Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EPY 4360 Developing and Learning During Adolescence (3)
  • EPY 4450 Culture and Cognition (3)
  • EPY 4960 Seminar in Educational Psychology (3)

Family and Community Literacy (15 hours)
Choose five courses (15 hours):

  • EDCI 4400 Poverty and Education (3)
  • EDRD 3400 Reading the World of 21st Century Texts (3)
  • EDRD 3500 Assessment and Instruction of Middle Childhood Students with Reading Difficulty (3)
  • EDRD 3600 Family Literacy and Community Learning (3)
  • EPY 4970 Seminar in Adult Literacy (3)
  • TSLE 4250 Language and Discourse in Global and Professional Contexts (3)
  • TSLE 4260 Global and Local Intercultural Relations and Development (3)
  • TSLE 4440 Working with Multilingual Populations (3)

Learning Technology (15 hours)
Choose five courses (15 hours):

  • LT 3000 Technology, Society and Education (3)
  • LT 3100 Educational Technology in Africa and the Diaspora (3)
  • LT 3210 Teaching, Learning and Technology Integration (3)
  • LT 3500 Training and Performance Technology (3)
  • LT 3737 Inventing to Learn: Teaching and Learning with Maker Technologies (3)
  • LT 4500 Gaming and Simulation for Exploratory Learning (3)

Research Methods and Problem Solving (15 hours)
Required (three hours):

  • EPRS 4905 Methods of Research in Education (3)

Choose four courses (12 hours):

  • EDUC 4660 Field Based Research in Urban Education (3)
  • EPRS 4500 Qualitative Research I (3)
  • EPRS 4530 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education (3)
  • EPRS 4910 Action Research (3)
  • EPRS 4920 Educational Measurement (3)
  • EPSF 4100 Critical Pedagogy (3)
  • Other courses may be substituted with approval of the human learning and development program coordinator and a faculty member in the Department of Educational Policy Studies.

Internship (3-9 hours)
Students should complete 3-9 hours of internship related to one or more of the disciplines chosen above.

Choose from the following repeatable courses:

  • EDUC 4670 Internship in Human Learning and Development (3)
  • EDUC 4982 Undergraduate Research in Urban Education (1-3)

Area H. Electives (11-18 hours)
Students may choose two courses from one of the disciplines listed above which were not previously selected or take courses numbered 1000 level or above to fulfill the elective requirement.

Reminder: Students must earn 39 semester hours at Georgia State University in courses numbered 3000 or above with an average grade of at least a C (2.00 GPA).

More Information

You should contact an advisor in the University Advisement Center or the College of Education & Human Development Office of Academic  Assistance to declare the major.

You should declare your major by the time you have earned 42 credit hours to avoid a delay in graduation.

A 2.0 Georgia State University GPA is required in order to pursue the program.

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Description

Additional information

campus

Atlanta Campus

Contacts

Program Coordinator
Omer Ari
oari1@gsu.edu
404-413-8406

Mailing Address & Office Location
College of Education & Human Development
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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