Do you enjoy working with children? Do you want to enhance the quality of life and education for children, youth, adults and families? Then you should pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Development and Family Studies at the University of North Texas.
Upon graduation, you will be prepared to work for a community, state or federal social service agency, as well as in a variety of educational settings. Other career areas include:
The Department of Educational Psychology administers a rigorous curriculum that seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals and families through research, instruction and outreach.
We offer concentrations in family and community, human development and research, and intervention and administration depending on your career aspirations and interests. Our faculty members can help you choose a specialization. You can also become a Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations.
Many of our faculty members are recognized experts in their fields and have researched topics ranging from parent involvement in school to childcare. They have also been honored by organizations such as the National Council on Family Relations for their contributions.
Several scholarships for Development and Family Studies majors are available to help you pay for your education. Information about these scholarships is at www.coe.unt.edu/scholarships.
By attending the various conferences and workshops held on campus each year, you can learn about the latest research and gain new perspectives on the field. The Leaders in Family Education (LIFE) student organization provides mentorship opportunities, options to attend seminars and conferences, and chances to participate in community service projects.
We also provide practical experience and observation opportunities through the Center for Parent Education and Family Support, the Texas HIPPY Center, and the Child Development Laboratory. This allows you to become part of a professional atmosphere and obtain career contacts in addition to fulfilling any field experience requirements you may have.
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500; Washington, D.C. 20036; telephone 202-466- 7496). This distinction means the college meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in education. The college is also one of the top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals in Texas.
You will learn about human development and assessment within your first semester at UNT. These courses are part of 10 credit hours of required educational psychology core courses. As you progress through the degree program, you will take additional required courses in an area of emphasis.
The credit hours for each specialization range from 33 to 48 and include one 3-hour unpaid practicum.
Our Career Center, Internships and Cooperative Education office, and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources that are available to you at UNT. The Career Center and the Internships and Cooperative Education office can provide advice about future employment opportunities as well as getting hands-on experience in your major. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.
We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the Texas Recommended or Distinguished Achievement Program or the equivalent in high school.
In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.
In your senior year, apply for admission at www.applytexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT. For details, visit www.unt.edu/credit.
If you’re attending a Texas community college, you should consult our Transfer Articulation web page, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor/advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will help you receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.
Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. More than 3,500 students transfer to UNT each year. The center is in the University Union, Room 320. More information is at transition.unt.edu.