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 Education & Human Development and Family Studies

Angela Cotromanes, M.A. E.C.E.
Department Chair

The mission of the Harry S Truman College Education & Human Development and Family Studies Department is to prepare students of diverse backgrounds and abilities with the knowledge and practical experience necessary to foster developmentally appropriate experiences for children and families.                                                                                                                                                            

Child Development                          

The mission of Truman College’s Child Development program is to educate and prepare teachers through rigorous academics and relevant field experiences for a lifetime of service to young children, families and communities.​             

See our Conceptual Framework.                                                                                                                               

The Child Development Program is accredited by and has adopted the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) associate degree standards.  These standards are the foundation of our curriculum and the core of our accountability, ensuring the program meets its objectives and students achieve their learning outcomes.  The mission of the Child Development program is to provide an affordable, accessible, and quality education that prepares students with the developmental, cultural, and educational knowledge they need to become professional child education and care providers for a diverse range of children.                                           
Careers in Child Development:                                                                                                                                

  • Preschool Teacher or Teacher Assistant​​
  • Infant/Toddler Teacher or Assistant Teacher
  • Teachers Aide
  • Child Care Professional
  • Paraprofessional
  • Afterschool/Group Worker
  • Home Daycare Business Owner

Child Development: Pre-school Education                    

Basic Certificate              
Advanced Certificate              
Advanced Certificate Infant/Toddler              
Associate in Applied Science              

Practicum 259 Students – For students in the AAS in Preschool Education that have taken and passed all nine prerequisite courses, Truman College offers a application required to enroll in the last course - Child Development 259. The nine prerequisite courses require a C grade or better in Child Development 101, 107, 109, 120, 143, 149, 201, 258, and 262. All courses should be completed or in-progress before the application is completed.      

 Link to application: Truman Practicum Application        

 Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received, and the course will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please submit your application as soon as possible.  Spring 2022 applications are due by October 31, 2021. Applications received after the due date will be put on a waiting list. Students who plan to complete the Practicum over the summer may also fill out the application and indicate "Summer" in the space provided.       

Please complete the practicum application completely by filling in each field, answering all of the questions, and attaching your official or unofficial transcripts.       

If you have any questions, please contact Jen Asimow at​.                                                                                                                                       


The mission of our Education program is to provide access to a diverse rage of Education coursework that prepares students with the basic skills they will need to successfully transfer to an accredited four year institution for a Bachelor's Degree in Education and teacher certification.      
Careers in Education                                              

  • Teacher's Assistant
  • Teacher in a private educational setting
  • Public school teaching in the State of Illinois requires a four year Bachelor's Degree and Certification from the Illinois State Board of Education

Education: Elementary Education                                                                                                            

Associate in Arts                                                                                                                                                             


City Colleges of Chicago offer a variety of education degrees preparing students to transfer​ to a four year college.                                                          

Human Development and Family Studies                                                       

The mission of our Human Development and Family Studies Program is to provide students access to quality coursework that focuses on the developmental, cultural, health, and social-emotional knowledge necessary to support children and families in the community.                                          

Careers in Human Development and Family Studies:                                    

  • Human Services Assistant
  • Home Visiting
  • Family Case Worker
  • Head Start Family Support Worker
  • Family Support Worker in a non-profit or community-based organization                    
Human Development and Family Studies              
Basic Certificate              
Associate in Applied Science              
Associate in Arts              
Gateways to Opportunity Credentials EntitledCollege.png                                                      
City Colleges of Chicago's certificate and degree programs in Early Childhood Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Infant Toddler Education, and Director Preparation are entitled for credentials through the Illinois Gateway to Opportunity Professional Development System. For more information see Illinois Gateways to Opportunity​'s website. For information about Gateways Credentials at City Colleges of Chicago Contact Leslie Layman                                                                     
NAEYC Accreditation                                                              
The Associate of Applied Science-Child Development Pre-School Education Degree is accredited by the Commission on Early Childhood Education Programs of the National Associate for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L Street NW Suite 500, Washington DC, 2005. (800) 424-24-60 ext. 8007. The accreditation term runs from September 2014 to September 2019. 
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Faculty & Staff


FULL TIME FACULTY & STAFF                                                       

Angela Cotromanes Chair & Faculty ​ 2170 D ​773-907-4851
Jennifer Asimow Assist. Chair & Faculty ​2170 B 773-907-4094
Kate Varey Child Dev. & Education Faculty ​2170 E ​773-907-4321
​Parvin Nozad  ​​ ​Clerical​ Assistant ​3518 ​​​773-907-4063
CHILD DEVELOPMENT FACULTY                                                       

Laura Abbruzzese Adjunct Faculty​ 2834 ​773-907-4652
Tamar Campbell Adjunct Faculty​ 2834 ​773-907-4652
Helen Toledo​
Adjunct Faculty  2826 773-907-4649
Deborah Dorfman Adjunct Faculty 2810 773-907-4640
Madison Hike Johnson Adjunct Faculty
2810 773-907-4640
​Deborah Rogers-Jaye ​Adjunct Faculty  ​ ​2170 ​312-553-5908
​Teneisha Rogers ​Adjunct Faculty  ​ ​2170 ​773-907-4063 
​Elizabeth Dolack ​Adjunct Faculty  ​ ​2170 ​773-907-4063
​Bonnie Kisielewski ​Adjunct Faculty  ​
​Off -campus ​312-553-5908
​Erika Gastufson ​Adjunct Faculty ​ ​2816 ​773-907-4641
​Karen Ross-Williams ​Adjunct Faculty ​ ​2840 ​773-907-4654
Shawtay King​ ​Adjunct Faculty ​ ​McKeon 162 ​773-907-4059
​Angelo Nikolov ​Adjunct Faculty ​ ​2840 ​73-9074654
EDUCATION FACULTY                                                      

Qazi Biabani Adjunct Faculty
2842 773-907-4655
Margaret Mc Gregor ​Adjunct Faculty ​online email​ 
Darshe Bias​ ​Adjunct Faculty​ ​online ​email
​Jess Mahoney ​Adjunct Faculty ​ ​1220B  ​​773-907-4458
​Ambereen Nasir ​Adjunct Faculty ​ ​online  ​email


Rosondunnii "Rose" Marshall​ ​Adjunct Faculty ​rmarshall36@ccc/edu ​2834 ​773-907-4647

CHICAGO EARLY LEARNING WORKFORCE (CELW)                                   
Shelia Benson​ Director, Human Services/CEL​ ​2818 ​773-907-4647
​Irma Ortega ​CEL Field Advisor & Adjunct Faculty​ 2832​ ​773-907-4651

Related Services

Education Spaces:

Room 2170 - Department Office                                                                                                                                                              

Room 2141 - Professional Development​ ​Space                                                                                                                              

Room 2176 - Methods Lab                                                                                                                                                              

Room 2184 - Environments Lab                                                                                                                                                              

Room 2812 - Computer Lab                                                                                                                                                              

Room 2983 - Tinkering  Lab  

Learn more and see our spaces.   ​​​​                                                                                                                                                

             Follow us on Twitter: @ECETruman and Instagram: @Childdevtrumancollege                                                   

Contact Information

(773) 907-4064
1145 W. Wilson Ave
Department Office Room 2170, Main Building
Chicago , IL 60640
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Complete the Chicago Early Learning Workforce Scholarship interest form for updates about scholarship opportunitites for students:​ ​

Professional Development                                                                    

The Education & HDFS Department is an Illinois Gateways to Opportunity (INCCRRA) and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Authorized provider of professional development contact hours.                                                                                                                 
Contact: for more information                                                                      

Upcoming Training:               

Refering Children to Early Intervention                  

Where: Online Live Session via Zoom            

When:  Wednesday March 10th, 5:30-7:30 pm             

Credentials: Contact hours INCCRRA, ISBE, & EI available             

Price: $15            

Focus: Intermediate level course is designed for current Early Childhood Educators and Care Providers who want to understand the process that occurs once children are referred for Early Intervention and ways to support diverse learners within the classroom. This training will also support ECE professionals with their ability to bridge partnerships between families and therapists.            


Contact: for more information


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NAEYC Program Data 2020                                                                
The Education and HDFS Department is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Attached: NAEYC Program Data 2020  NAEYC Program Outcome data form 090120.docxNAEYC Program Outcome data form 090120.docx