Program type:

Teaching Certification

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
Credit Hours:

Enhance the well-being of individuals and families through education and community engagement
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.

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Why earn a degree in Human Development and Family Science Degree with Teacher Certification?

The UNT College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (1140 19th. St., Suite 400; Washington, D.C. 20036; telephone 202-223-0077). This distinction means the college meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in education. The college also is one of the top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals in Texas.

During your first semesters in the 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
Marketable Skills
  • Apply knowledge to practice
  • Apply practical tools for working effectively with others
  • Multicultural/diversity competencies
  • Teamwork
  • Oral and written communication

Human Development and Family Science Degree with Teacher Certification Highlights

You’ll complete an internship class during your senior year designed to provide pre-professional experiences and mentoring in real-world settings so you can apply the knowledge and skills you've learned.
As part of your internship, you’ll complete 150 hours of work related to your studies, and will be placed at churches, government agencies, local or state-wide human service organizations, private-sector organizations, nonprofit agencies or schools.
You have the opportunity to become certified as a Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations, or fulfill some of the requirements for certification as an Early Childhood Interventionist, by taking specific courses in our degree plan.
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.
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 a Human Development and Family Science Degree?

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

Human Development and Family Science Degree with Teacher Certification Courses You Could Take

Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood (3 hrs)
Topics include theories and characteristics of physical, cognitive and social development between 11 and 25 years of age. Effects of family, school, community and other factors on adolescence and emerging adulthood also are addressed.
Childhoods Across Time, Space and Place (3 hrs)
This course is an introduction to the study of children and childhoods. It 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.
Parenting (3 hrs)
Students will learn commonalities and differences in parenting, caregiving and family life are emphasized from systems, ecological and cross-cultural perspectives. Parenting and caregiving in diverse family forms and cultures are studied in relation to adult-child interactions, parent/school/community relations, family roles, laws and parenting skills.
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 with a focus on behavior in the context of family, culture and social practices.
Administration of Programs for Children, Youth and Families (3 hrs)
Topics include analysis of programs, personnel policies, facility administration and related topics for teachers and administrators who work with children, youth and families.
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. 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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