Program type:

Grad Track

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

5-6 years
Credit Hours:

Learning is an ongoing process, but that process isn't the same for everyone.
Human Development and Family Science students acquire a broad knowledge of human development, family development and family systems in preparation for working with people and communities in a variety of career fields ranging from local organizations, to non-profit, to government agencies. The Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas focuses on research, measurement and intervention related to learning and cognition.

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Why earn a degree in Combined Human Development and Family Science and Educational Psychology Degrees?

During your first semesters in the Human Development and Family Science program, you will learn about:

  • Career options related to Human Development and Family Science
  • Developmental and family theories used to guide research
  • Human development
  • Observation and assessment of human beings

In addition to an in-depth familiarity with research and assessment processes, our Educational Psychology program will help you develop a thorough understanding of the physical, cognitive, behavioral and social-emotional influences that affect learning. This knowledge will prepare you for a variety of leadership roles in educational and community settings.

We offer coursework in four specialization areas:

  • Family policy and program administration
  • Gifted and talented
  • Learning and development
  • Research, measurement and evaluation

Several of these provide avenues for earning additional professional certification or licensing.

Marketable Skills
  • Apply knowledge to practice
  • Apply practical tools for working effectively with others
  • Multicultural/diversity competencies
  • Teamwork
  • Oral and written communication
  • Critique and apply research
  • Employ appropriate assessment/statistical analyses
  • Provide technical assistance to agencies
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to improve outcomes

Combined Human Development and Family Science and Educational Psychology Degrees Highlights

A number of conferences are held on campus each year, where you can learn about the latest research, share your own ideas and gain new perspectives.
The Leaders in Family Education student organization provides professional development opportunities, options to attend seminars and conferences and chances to participate in community service projects.
Our programs have been recognized by the National Council on Family Relations and U.S. News & World Report.
Our faculty members have diverse research and professional interests leading to high-quality, intervention-based research in: academic acceleration of gifted students, adolescent development, educational and cognitive assessment, evaluation of intervention programs in schools and other settings, parent-child relationships, parent involvement, and therapy with abused children.
The Department of Educational Psychology, which oversees this degree program, is affiliated with various research and intervention centers. These affiliations provide research and development opportunities for faculty and students.
Many of our courses provide you with a variety of observational or hands-on practical experiences through service learning and volunteer opportunities with community or university organizations such as UNT’s Kristin Farmer Autism Center, the Texas HIPPY Center and the UNT Child Development Laboratory.

What can you do with Combined Human Development and Family Science and Educational Psychology Degrees?

Human Development and Family Science career areas include:

  • Advocacy and public policy
  • Child life (in hospital settings)
  • Early childhood intervention
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Health care and family wellness
  • Human and/or community service agencies
  • Nonprofit and non-governmental organizations
  • Parent, family life or relationship education
  • School districts or communities in the schools

Top Educational Psychology careers include:

  • Family and Child Program Administrator
  • Family Intervention Specialist
  • Family Education Advocate
  • Gifted and Talented Coordinator/Administrator
  • Gifted and Talented Specialist
  • K-12 Advanced Academics Teacher
  • Learning and Development Specialist
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Community Based Service
  • Program Evaluation Administrator
  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Evaluation and Research Associate

Combined Human Development and Family Science and Educational Psychology Degrees Courses You Could Take

Childhoods Across Time, Space and Place (3 hrs)
This course is an introduction to the study of children and childhoods, and is centered on the sociology of childhood and will explore the study of children and childhoods across time, space and place in order to better understand complexity of young children.
Guidance of Children and Youth (3 hrs)
Students will learn best practices in individual and group guidance and management of children from birth through adolescence, and will focus on behavior in the context of family, culture and social practices.
Introduction to Educational Psychology (3 hrs)
This course is a review of theories and applications of educational psychology; basic concepts in learning, cognition, development and their applications to teaching and learning context.
Foundations of Educational Research Methodology (3 hrs)
This course is an overview of the process of conducting research, from formulating research questions to sampling, data collection, analysis and drawing inferences. The main focus is on being able to understand, evaluate and utilize published research, both qualitative and quantitative. The final product is a detailed critique of published research.
Family Law and Policy (3 hrs)
Student will learn about laws and policies affecting families. Attention is paid to the major child and family policy domains, the current major research developments in each domain, and the relevant policy debate from a family science perspective.
Family, School and Community (3 hrs)
This course analyzes family, school and community resources and needs as related to the family life cycle; child welfare and education, ecological approach; and exploration of careers related to children and families. Students will learn strategies to improve communication and collaboration are emphasized with a focus on family types, cultures, economic conditions, school systems, community services, political forces, advocacy groups and other factors that impact young children and their families.

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