Human Development and Community Engagement Major

The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Community Engagement prepares students to make a difference in children’s lives by influencing the programs, policies, and practices of organizations with child-focused initiatives. Students build the skills required to facilitate the cognitive, physical and social development of children, particularly in urban communities. A yearlong practicum and internship provides the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience while serving young students in the local community.  

This flexible, interdisciplinary degree covers organizational communication and applied communication research methods, as well as

  • child development,
  • communication,
  • program evaluation,
  • research methods and
  • understanding urban communities.


Though students can use the content courses to tailor the degree to their interests, majors also take courses in the program’s concentration areas. Students can choose one of these four concentration options.

  • Applied Behavior Analysis

    Specialize your knowledge in human development and community engagement by focusing on the core concepts and principles of behavior analysis. Learn to apply your skills in a variety of settings such as social services and educational institutions.

  • Community Education

    Master the theories and the techniques of teaching effectively outside the classroom. Learn to tailor instructional approaches to the unique circumstances of widely diverse communities, and then apply that knowledge to child development; intercultural communication; organization leadership; and research methods in after school programs, recreation or community centers, museums and more

  • Human Services

    Lay the foundation for graduate study or to provide support to children with mental health needs. Understand the school psychologist’s function, role, the scientist-practitioner model and three main pillars of practice: assessment, intervention and consultation. Understand the counseling psychologist’s process and approach. Learn how community, family and school relationships affect children’s academic and social outcomes. Gain a solid understanding in culturally competent practice, systems-based delivery and more.

  • Non-Profit Management and Social Entrepreneurship

    Learn how to communicate in order to lead process change, mediate conflict and facilitate group decision-making. Get a grasp of the design and structure of financial management, nonprofit organization, revenue generation, and strategic and project-based management. Develop a clear understanding of social entrepreneurship for nonprofits and businesses

Related Graduate Degrees

A graduate degree deepens your expertise and fosters career advancement in human development-related fields such as organizational management, social work, and urban education among others. The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Community Engagement can serve as a pathway to all graduate programs in the College of Education. View the full list of the College of Education’s graduate degree and graduate certificate programs.

+1 Accelerated Programs

For particularly focused students, the College of Education offers accelerated programs. Qualified students earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in one five-year course of study instead of the usual six years.  Learn more about the College of Education’s +1 accelerated programs.

Eligible Human Development and Community Engagement majors can follow an accelerated path toward an

Student Clubs & Organizations

Participating in student groups provides peer support and future professional contacts. It also presents opportunities to give back to the community, either locally or globally. Explore the opportunities available through organizations such as

  • Be The Change, an organization that provides education and healthcare services to communities in North Philadelphia and overseas;
  • Black Diamonds Union, which works to celebrate and disseminate education about black culture at Temple University and in Philadelphia’s wider urban community;
  • College of Education Student Council, a group that provides students with leadership opportunities and a chance to effect change;   
  • Grandma’s Kids, a K–5 afterschool program that focuses on homework, as well as academic, emotional and social support;
  • Human Development and Community Engagement Club, which provides networking and service opportunities, professional development workshops, career exploration, and social events for students within the Human Development and Community Engagement major;
  • Jumpstart, a national early education organization that trains students to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods;
  • Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, which promotes academic excellence and a network for those who are committed to teaching;
  • The Petey Greene Program at Temple University, an organization that supports prisoner education by training volunteers to provide weekly tutoring sessions to inmates in four correctional facilities in Philadelphia;
  • Temple University - Students Teaching Underrepresented Developing Youth (TU-STUDY), a group that assists children and adults in the greater Philadelphia area with advising, tutoring and other kinds of support in overcoming learning challenges; and
  • Treehouse Books, a literacy center near Temple’s Main Campus where students can engage in literacy service work.

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For more information about this program, the College of Education, how to apply for admission, and your application status, contact Enrollment Management.

Enrollment Management
Phone: 215-204-8011


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