BA in Human Development and Learning

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Learning from UIC, students must complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Educational Psychology requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Education section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

The BA in Human Development and Learning is not a state of Illinois licensure program to become a licensed teacher. Students considering an Illinois Professional Educator Licensure program upon graduation from the HDL program should inform their advisor(s) immediately. Students should meet with their advisor(s) to discuss the specific course requirements needed to meet Illinois State Board of Education licensing regulations. These courses, or licensure requirement prerequisite courses, could possibly be integrated into an undergraduate program with enough advance planning. 

Summary of Requirements
General Education Core and Elective Courses72-75
Human Development and Learning Core Requirement Courses45-48
Total Hours120

General Education Core and Elective Courses

Required Courses
Analyzing the Natural World course a3-5
Exploring World Cultures course a3
Understanding the Creative Arts course a3
Understanding the Individual and Society course a,b3-4
Understanding U.S. Society course a,b3
Understanding the Past course a3
Two elective courses from any General Education Core category6
Quantitative Reasoning Requirement (See below)3-5
ENGL 160
ENGL 161
Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts
and Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research
6
Electives
Select courses of interest in consultation with an advisor in order to meet the credit hours required for graduation. Electives taken in the junior and senior years must be 300‐level or above.34-42
Total Hours72-75
a

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.

b

ED 135 is approved for this category and is a required Core Course.

Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

Human Development and Learning students must demonstrate competency in quantitative reasoning to earn a degree. Such competence can be demonstrated in any one of the following ways:

  1. A score of 22 or above on the Mathematics section of the ACT exam prior to admission to the program.
  2. Placement into MATH 121 or higher.
  3. Grade of C or better in any one of the following courses: MATH 118, MATH 121, MATH 140*, MATH 141*, MATH 160, MATH 165MATH 180, or STAT 101.
  4. Grade of C or better in a logic course in PHIL 102 or PHIL 210.
  5. Transfer students may present equivalent courses taken elsewhere, for which they have received a grade of C or better, to satisfy this requirement or placement into MATH 121 or higher

*Transfer students require permission of the Math Department to enroll in these courses to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Human Development and Learning Core Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all course work in the core.

Core Requirements
Human Development and Learning Core15-16
Research Core6
Domains of Development and Learning6
Diverse Populations and Learning Contexts6-8
Human Development and Learning Electives12
Total Hours45-48
Human Development and Learning Core—Required Courses
DLG 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar a1
ED 135Child and Youth Policies in Urban America b,c3
EPSY 100Introduction to Human Development and Learning3
EPSY 210Principles of Learning and Instruction Across the Lifespan3
EPSY 255Child Development in Contemporary Society3
EPSY 256Adolescent and Adult Development in Contemporary Society3
Total Hours15-16
a

DLG 120 is for first year students only. Transfer students are only required to take 15 hours in the HDL Core Courses.

b

This course is approved for the Individual and Society General Education category.

c

This course is approved for the US Society General Education category.

Research Core—Required Courses
EPSY 363Understanding and Applying Research in Human Development3
Select one of the following:3
Educational Assessment and Evaluation
Systematic Approaches to Program Quality
Assessment and Evaluation of Learning Outcomes and Instructional Products
Total Hours6
Domains of Development and Learning Across the Lifespan—Required Courses
Select one course from at least two of the following domains/areas:6
Cognitive Development, Learning, and Instruction
Constructivist Approaches to Development: Piaget and Vygotsky
Advanced Educational Psychology
Social Emotional Development and Learning
Social Development of Urban Children
Social and Emotional Learning: Research, Practice, and Policy
Language Development, Language Acquisition and Learning
Language Development and Learning in a Diverse Society a
Language Development, Diversity, and Disabilities
Self Process and Identity Development
Self and Identity Development Across the Lifespan
Total Hours6
a

ED 258 is approved for the following General Education categories: Understanding the Individual and Society and Understanding U.S. Society.

Diverse Populations and Learning Contexts—Required Courses
Diverse Populations
Students must take a minimum of 3 hours focused on the psychosocial development, learning, health, and/or well‐being of diverse individuals and/or families or focused on the ways that issues such as race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or culture affect learning and development of individuals. This course is an elective but must be approved by an advisor. Courses can be chosen from within the College of Education or across the university. Examples include but are not limited to the following:3-4
Introduction to Race, Ethnicity, and Education a
Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Education a
Language Development, Diversity, and Disabilities
Understanding Students With Low Incidence Disabilities
Learning Contexts
Students must take one course specifically focused on learning and development in context. Select one of the following or an approved equivalent course: 3-4
Youth Culture Community Organizing and Education
Collaborating with Families, Community, and Professionals
Developing Programs for Youth in Urban Contexts
Adolescence and the Schools
Total Hours6-8
a

ED 205 and ED 222 are approved for the following General Education categories: Understanding the Individual and Society and Understanding U.S. Society.

Human Development and Learning Electives
Choose from any advanced‐level Educational Psychology course offerings; ED 421, ED 422, ED 445; or related disciplines at the 300‐ or 400‐ level in consultation with an academic advisor. Examples include but are not limited to:12
Instructional Design and Training
Developing Programs for Youth in Urban Contexts
Characteristics of Early Adolescence
Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education: Perspectives, Policies and History
Total Hours12

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
EPSY 100 Introduction to Human Development and Learning 3
Understanding the Creative Arts course 3
Understanding the Natural World course 3-5
Elective 3
 Hours15-17
Spring Semester
DLG 120 UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar 1
ED 135 Child and Youth Policies in Urban America 3
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
EPSY 255 Child Development in Contemporary Society 3
Quantitative Reasoning course 3-5
 Hours13-15
Second Year
Fall Semester
EPSY 210 Principles of Learning and Instruction Across the Lifespan 3
EPSY 256 Adolescent and Adult Development in Contemporary Society 3
Understanding the Past course 3
General Education Core Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Understanding the Individual and Society or Understanding U.S. Society course 3
General Education Core Elective 3
Exploring World Cultures course 3
Diverse Populations course 3-4
Elective 3
 Hours15-16
Third Year
Fall Semester
EPSY 363 Understanding and Applying Research in Human Development 3
Domain of Development course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
HDL Approved Elective 3
HDL Approved Elective 3
Research Core course a 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
HDL Approved Elective 3
Domain of Development course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
HDL Approved Elective 3
Learning Contexts course 3-4
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours15-16
 Total Hours120

Note: Electives must be selected in consultation with an advisor in the College of Education. Electives taken in the junior and senior year must be at the 300-level or above.