Human Development

Human Development degrees are offered with three separate emphases: Business, Asian Studies, and Deaf Studies. Each emphasis prepares students to work with children where teacher licensure is not required or for graduate work in the field. 

The Asian Studies emphasis includes courses in social sciences and linguistics, which provide education on Asian childhood development and family organizations. 

The Business Emphasis includes courses in business, social sciences, and linguistics, providing groundwork especially for those planning a business or career-related to child development.  

Other career opportunities that require an understanding of human development are also appropriate.

Program Tracks: HDBUS.BSHDAST.BS 

Lee's programs give the student a chance to experience various aspects of life at Lee beyond academics, offering program-specific global trips, clubs, service, and research opportunities. The following are possible aspects of life outside the classroom for students in the above degree programs: 

Travel/Global Trips 
  • New Zealand Education Global Trip 
  • Alaska Education Global Trip 
  • Mexico 
  • Thailand 
  • Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society 
  • Lee Future Educators 

Some courses within the major will require in-class service projects. 


The Capstone course is designed to help graduating students integrate their faith with the academic knowledge they have gained throughout their studies. It is regarded as the final reflection of the essential Core Values of Lee University. 


Students will spend most of their time in the Helen DeVos College of Education and in local schools. 


Senior year requires clinical practice involving Methods and full-time student teaching or internships. 

  • Many courses have research components and writing opportunities. 
  • McNair Scholars 
  • Departmental Awards 
  • The Jimmy Bilbo Student Teacher Award 
There are a variety of scholarships available to Education majors: 

This program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for achieving success after graduation. Here are the career paths often pursued by graduates in this program.

  • Childcare Center Director
  • Home-Based Service Provider
  • Family Support Specialist
  • Teaching Abroad
  • Non-governmental Agency (Education)
  • Missions