Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
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Add to your education with a minor in Human Development and Family Science and learn more about working with children and families across a wide array of professional areas.
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 Minor?

This is an option for students in other undergraduate degree programs. It consists of 18 hours, selected with the adviser's approval. It is suggested for students who are interested in working with children and families within professional areas including psychology, counseling, intervention and rehabilitation, community and social services, healthcare and medicine, occupational and physical therapy, speech and language pathology, business administration, advocacy, and public policy, and social work.

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.

Human Development and Family Science Minor 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)
Topics include 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)
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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