Department of Counseling, Development and Higher Education

The College of Education has filed a reorganization plan with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to move the Early Childhood Education program from the Department of Teacher Education and Administration to the Department of Counseling, Development and Higher Education. Proposed changes submitted are reflected here.

Main Office

Stovall Hall, 155

P.O. Box 311337

Denton, TX 76203-1337

(940) 565-2910

Fax: (940) 565-2905

Web site: www.coe.unt.edu/cdhe/cdhe.htm

Michael Altekruse, Chair

Introduction

The Department of Counseling, Development and Higher Education provides programs designed to prepare professionals for leadership positions in community services, preschool facilities, schools, colleges, universities and the public sector.

Counselor Education

Advising Office

Stovall Hall, 155

(940) 565-2910

Faculty

Professors Altekruse, Berg, Engels, Landreth. Associate Professors Chandler, Durodoye, Hipple, Holden, Kern, Norton. Assistant Professors Bratton, Coy, Gieda, Harris.

Minor in Counseling Associate Studies

A minor in counseling associate studies is available to undergraduate students who have completed 60 semester hours toward a bachelor's degree and have a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Students must register their intent to complete the counseling associate studies minor with the program coordinator in the counselor education program prior to beginning the program.

The counseling associate studies course of study begins in the fall semester of the student's junior year. Counseling associate studies minors must complete the following 18 hours: EDSS 3610, 3620, 3630, 3640, 4610 and 4620.

Graduate Programs

Counselor education offers programs in the following areas:

For further information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) [5999 Stevenson Avenue, 4th Floor, Alexandria, VA 22304; (703) 823-9800 x301], a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation (COPA), has conferred accreditation to the following areas of study for the degree in counseling and student services in the Department of Counseling, Development and Higher Education at the University of North Texas:

Courses of Instruction

See Graduate Catalog for Courses of Instruction.

Development, Family Studies and Early Childhood Education*

*Program relocation is pending approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Advising Office

Matthews Hall, 105

(940) 565-2736

Career Advising

Matthews Hall, 110

(940) 565-4646

Web site: www.unt.edu/chd/

Faculty

Professors Dixon, Lawhon, Morrison. Associate Professors Glover, Jacobson. Lecturers C. Gillespie, Hagen.

Programs of Study

The department offers the following programs in the area of development, family studies and early childhood education:

The department offers graduate program in the following areas:

Students should contact the Student Advising Office in Matthews Hall, Room 105, for additional information relating to certifications.

Bachelor of Science

Non-Certificate Program

The Bachelor of Science with a major in development and family studies provides students a program of study and career opportunities in a selected emphasis area focusing on foundations in developmental and/or family studies.

Emphasis areas include:

Credentials

Graduates completing required courses may file a short application and be approved as a provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) through the National Council on Family Relations Academic Program review process. Students can complete required courses which may lead toward credentialing as an Early Intervention Specialist Professional with the Texas Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention.

Degree Requirements for a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Development and Family Studies*

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree must meet the following requirements.

1. Hours for the Degree: Completion of a minimum of 127 total semester hours; 42 hours must be advanced.

2. General University Requirements: See "General Degree Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog.

3. University Core Curriculum: 47 hours

See "University Core Curriculum Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog for additional information.

4. Major Requirements:

5. Minor: A minimum of 18 hours, of which 6 must be advanced, in a field outside of Development and Family Studies chosen in consultation with an adviser.

6. Electives: To complete minimum of 127 hours; 6 hours of required electives are specified for students seeking Certified Family Life Educator of Early Intervention Specialist Professional credentials.

7. Other Course Requirements:

8. Other Requirements: An overall minimum 2.50 GPA and a minimum 2.50 GPA in course work in the development and family studies major are required for graduation; a 2.75 GPA is required for those taking Option IV, the early childhood education delivery system.

Summary of Degree Requirements:

Development and Family Studies: 31-49

Minor: minimum 18

Other: 6-12

Electives: 2-20

Core:

English 6

History 6

Political Science 6

Natural Sciences 8

Mathematics 3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (may be satisfied by degree requirements) 3

Humanities 3

Wellness 3

Visual and Performing Arts 3

Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies (may be satisfied by degree requirements) 3

Communication 3

Note:

42 hours must be advanced.

6 hours of minor must be advanced.

24 of the last 30 hours must be completed at UNT.

Students are encouraged to see advisers for help with program decisions and enrollment and faculty advisers in Matthews Hall 110 for career advising.

Supplemental Information for the BS with a Major in Development and Family Studies*

Core Requirements Development and Family Studies*: 16 hours, including EDCD 1210, 1220, 2010, 4600, 4601 and 4602.

It is recommended that students enroll in EDCD 1210 and 1220 during their first semester in the program.

Additional course requirements for the emphasis areas are as follows:

Required Practicums

Each development and family studies student is required to complete two 3-hour unpaid practicums related to the emphasis area. The student must complete a minimum of 300 clock hours to meet this requirement. Students should have senior status and have completed EDCD 4600 before beginning a practicum. Permission to enroll in a practicum and approval of the site are required.

Senior Thesis

Students who are interested in research and preparing for graduate studies are advised to take a research practicum and complete a senior thesis. Any student who is interested in research should meet with a faculty adviser early in the program to plan an appropriate minor and electives and to seek approval for choosing a senior thesis.

Minor in Development and Family Studies

An 18-hour minor in development and family studies is suggested for students whose careers or graduate degree plans involve children and families, for students who desire enrichment in family life education, and for students in preprofessional studies leading to careers in medicine and family law. Students who choose development and family studies as a minor must meet prerequisite requirements for courses.

Option IV, Early Childhood Education**

Option IV, the early childhood delivery system, prepares students to teach children from prekindergarten through grade three. This delivery system option consists of 21 semester hours that count toward the interdisciplinary studies major listed under Teacher Education and Administration in this catalog. Eighteen hours in an academic discipline plus 6 semester hours of reading are required. Nine semester hours from two academic fields other than the discipline must be taken to complete 54 required hours. Option IV is joined with elementary education for a pre-K through grade 6 certification. Contact the Student Advising Office in Matthews Hall, Room 105, for additional information.

Early Childhood Education Endorsement**

The early childhood education endorsement, certifying the student to teach public school prekindergarten through kindergarten in Texas, may be added to valid elementary certificates, special education certificates, or vocational home economics certificates that require a college degree. Contact the Student Advising Office in Matthews Hall, Room 105, for additional information.

Graduate Degrees

Development, Family Studies and Early Chidhood Education offers programs that lead to:

For further information consult the Graduate Catalog.

*Name change is pending approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

**Relocation of program administration is pending approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Scholarship

The Bessie P. Cowan scholarship fund provides for a grant(s) each year to junior and senior students seeking elementary certification who have been admitted to teacher education. Applicants must be in good standing, maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better, and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours for each semester the award is received.

The Robert and Martha Carter Scholarship in Child Development and Early Childhood Education provides for a grant(s) each year for a student of junior or senior standing. The recipient must be a full-time student majoring in child development or seeking certification in early childhood education.

Applications are available in the program office. Deadlines for application vary slightly with each academic year, but generally occur in early February, with awards generally being announced in late spring. Check with the department office for additional scholarship information.

Early childhood education students may also be eligible for scholarships through the Department of Teacher Education and Administration in Matthews Hall, Room 206.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

Higher Education

Advising Office

Matthews Hall, 119

(940) 565-2045

Faculty

Professors Baier, Dixon, Eddy, Lumsden. Associate Professor Newsom. Assistant Professor Jacobs.

Programs of Study

Graduate programs in higher education include:

Detailed information on these programs may be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Courses of Instruction

See Graduate Catalog for Courses of Instruction.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

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