BA Human Development and Learning

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BA Human Development

and Learning

UIC College of Education

MAKING GOOD ON THE PROMISE

OF URBAN LIFE OPPORTUNITIES


SERVING COMMUNITIES

ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

50

1

15

percent of Chicago south and west side

residents living in poverty

Illinois serves the greatest proportion of

three-year-olds seeking early education

million more elderly U.S. citizens

projected by 2025

A GROWING FIELD

THAT NEEDS LEADERS

Social Work

Community

Health

Early Childhood

Leadership

| | | |

5% 10% 15% 20%

Percentage increases in jobs by 2022

NEW CURRICULUM

TAILORED BY YOU


ABOUT THE COLLEGE

Making good on the promise

Here in Chicago, where the effects of income disparity are felt in

neighborhoods far and wide, the Chicago community as a whole

too often fails to ensure citizens explore their life choices before

they surrender their life chances. Making good on the promise of

urban life opportunities requires acknowledging and addressing

the problems of inequality explicitly and courageously so that the

public education system can work effectively for the full flourishing

of the life of every Chicagoan, from infancy through the lifespan.

As a College, we strive to prepare the next generation of

educators, community leaders and researchers to establish

equity in Chicago and urban areas around the nation.


ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The BA degree in Human Development and Learning (HDL)

provides students with strong grounding in research and theory

centered around learning and development. Courses focus on

development from birth through the lifespan and how to apply

this knowledge to working with individuals from diverse backgrounds

in a variety of formal and informal learning contexts and

education environments.

This program equips graduates with the skills and knowledge

necessary to design effective and high quality informal learning

environments and programs that take into account how diverse

individuals learn and how that learning is impacted by developmental

changes in key areas such as cognition, identity and

language.


LEGAL LEADER

Law & Society and Pre-Law

Focus Areas

These focus areas follow a set of recommended

courses that aid students in developing

knowledge in areas that are beneficial

to pursuing graduate legal education. Legal

courses at UIC will help students with skills

key to obtaining law school admission. In

addition to basic courses, UIC also offers

courses and programs that offer pathways to

social justice-oriented careers in areas related

to the law.

Career Paths

• Law school

• Paralegal

• Probation officer

• Social work

• Public policy

• Business


BUILDING LIFE PATHS

Disability and Human

Development Focus Area

Taking an interdisciplinary approach,

students can follow the minor in disability

and human development, courses in special

education or develop a combination of the

two. This will allow students to examine

various aspects of society — healthcare,

culture, politics, economics, history, legislation,

education and social attitudes — that

uniquely impact the experience and development

of people living with disabilities.

Coursework can prepare students for graduate

study in careers listed to the right.

Career Paths

• Special educator

• Speech-language

pathologist

• Occupational

therapy

• Assistive tech.

practitioner

• Paraprofessional


LIFE’S CRUCIAL YEARS

Early Childhood Education

Credential

The Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Credential provides education and training

to students interested in working in early

childhood programs. Students have the

opportunity to earn a Level 5 ECE Credential.

The credential provides a pathway

towards earning a Master of Education

degree in Early Childhood Education and

Early Childhood Special Education with

Illinois state licensure.

Career Paths

• Child care provider

• ECE specialist

• Home visitor

• Child care center

administrator

• ECE teacher

• Head Start teacher


DEMANDING JUSTICE

Social Justice Focus Area

Career Paths

The Social Justice focus area is designed for

students who are interested in gaining experience

working with community-based

organizations and seeking opportunities to

combine their experiences with new skills

and strategies for future careers in organizing,

non-profits or simply applying a social

justice lens to any professional fields.

• Law school

• Politics

• Business

• Community

development

• Legislative

advocacy

• Government

services


EMPOWERING YOUTH

Youth Development Credential

The Illinois Gateways School Age and Youth

Development Credential is designed for

students who are seeking to become

professionals dedicated to and passionate

about working with youth in urban contexts.

Coursework will allow students to prepare

to help youth by creating spaces, programs

and organizations that support youth developing

their emotional, physical, social and

intellectual selves and in gaining a voice and

place in society.

Career Paths

• Adoption specialist

• Child welfare and

family services

• Community centers

• Community based

organizations

• Youth services


OPENING EYES

Informal Education Focus Area

Career Paths

The art museum educator focus area builds

skills to increase art awareness and appreciation

for students of all ages in informal

settings. Students choose between an Art,

Art History or combined focus. The zoo educator

focus area focuses on teaching visitors

about zoo animals and promoting conservation

efforts. Coursework develops knowledge

of animals, building programs and

instructional products and working with

youth.

• Museum education

• Art education

• Zoo education

• Zoo services

• Youth education


GROW YOUR OWN

Create your own focus area

Your education should be a reflection of who you are, where you

have been and where you’re heading. The Human Development

and Learning program gives you the freedom to design a program

of individualized focus area that meets your educational

and professional goals.

Students in the program will gain foundational knowledge and

skills within the Human Development and Learning discipline, as

well as have space within the curriculum to tailor their elective

coursework toward particular types of educational contexts and

settings in which they hope to work.


YOUR URBAN LAB

Research, fieldwork and internship opportunities

Research:

• 100-Hour Undergraduate Research Internship

• The Engaged Research Fellowship

• Journal of Undergraduate Research at UIC

• Undergraduate Research Experience

Internship sites include:

• Chicago Public Schools

• Community-based programs

• Park District sites

• Hospital programs


THE NEXT STEPS

Graduate school options

The foundation of the Human Development and Learning program

is a liberal arts education that prepares graduates to think

critically, communicate well, organize and analyze information,

solve problems and collaborate with a diverse array of individuals.

In addition to preparation for careers in educational contexts and

settings, graduates will also be ready to begin professional or

graduate work within a number of disciplines (e.g., education,

human development, health and medicine, psychology, higher

education, social work, and law, among others).


ABOUT UIC

Chicago’s public research university

A major research university in the heart of one of the world's

greatest cities, UIC provides a world-class education for its

students. With more than 27,000 students and 15 colleges,

including the nation’s largest medical school, UIC is committed to

creating and disseminating new knowledge as a university of

growing national and international stature.

UIC is a truly global institution: more than 1/3 of UIC students

speak English as a second language. UIC's student body —

approximately 61 percent undergraduate and 39 percent graduate

and professional — is recognized as one of the nation's most

diverse.


ADMISSIONS

REQUIREMENTS

Criteria

High school students applying for admission to the Human Development and Learning

Program don’t need a set ACT or SAT score or class rank to be admitted. We evaluate you

based on a combination of coursework, test scores, class rank, program choice statement

and personal statement.

Prior Coursework

The UIC College of Education recommends high school applicants successfully complete

four years of coursework in English and math and three years of social science in addition

to UIC requirements for coursework in science and electives. Visit the admissions website

at go.uic.edu/admission for more information on these requirements.

Transfer students applying for admission are evaluated on the basis of their cumulative

GPA, courses and credit hours required for the program, program choice statement and

personal statement. Applicants are recommended to complete at least 24 semester

hours of transferable coursework at the time of enrollment. Transfer students may visit

go.uic.edu/course for UIC course descriptions or transferology.com for Illinois Articulation

Initiative information and transfer articulation.

How to Apply

Go to UIC Admission, go.uic.edu/admission and click on “Apply to UIC,” then click on the

Common Application. Please note application deadlines.

In addition, high school students should submit official ACT or SAT scores to UIC’s Office

of Admissions and Records. Only test scores provided on an official high school transcript

will be accepted as official.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees can change slightly over time; for the most recent tuition and fees, please

visit admissions.uic.edu/undergrad/tuition_undergrad.html.

Financial Aid

Eighty percent of UIC students receive some form of financial aid. Financial aid is awarded

in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and employment and tuition waivers and helps

pay the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, room and board, transportation and other

personal expenses. Visit the Office of Student Aid website at go.uic.edu/financialaid to

learn more or contact them at (312) 996-3126.

Scholarships

Visit go.uic.edu/scholarships for a complete list of UIC scholarships and also visit

education.uic.edu/financialaid for a list of scholarships offered through the UIC College

of Education.


BA Human Development and Learning Program

UIC College of Education

1040 W. Harrison St.

Chicago, IL 60614

312.996.4532

Program Coordinator: Kathleen Sheridan

ksherid9@uic.edu

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MAKING GOOD ON THE PROMISE

OF URBAN LIFE OPPORTUNITIES

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