Your Future In Human Development and Family Science

Career areas include:

  • Advocacy and public policy
  • Child life (in hospital settings)
  • Early childhood intervention
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Healthcare 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

Our Program

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.

The Department of Educational Psychology addresses themes of cognition, behavior and emotion within our society. The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science is the only undergraduate program offered in this department. With at least a 3.5 GPA, you may choose to participate in the accelerated master’s option with the potential to finish both a bachelors and master's degree in five years.

You can choose from two concentrations:

  • Individual and Family Development Across the Lifespan
  • Community and Family Services

Both options include the opportunity to choose two upper-level electives tailored to specific career needs, aspirations and interests.

During your first semesters in the program, you will learn about:

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

Degree requirements

To complete the degree, you will take the following courses:

  • 14 HDFS core courses (42 credit hours)
  • 7 additional courses directly applicable to your career goals (21 credit hours)

Several of the courses offered by our program also are part of the UNT CORE, which means you're able to complete two UNT requirements simultaneously by taking one course.

Opportunities for 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:

  • Kristin Farmer Autism Center
  • Texas HIPPY Center
  • UNT Child Development Laboratory

The internship class, which you will complete during your senior year at UNT, is designed to provide pre-professional experiences and mentoring in real-world settings so you can apply the knowledge and skills you've learned from your program. You will 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
  • Schools

These opportunities are critical as they apply to your future career and assist you in forming your own professional network. Many of our students have been hired upon graduation by the same organizations they interned with for this class.

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. We encourage you to seek research opportunities with faculty support and guidance.

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.

Faculty of HDFS

Faculty members are recognized experts in their fields who conduct empirical research in such areas as:

  • Cultural and family identity
  • Development of attachment
  • Fatherhood
  • Human trafficking
  • Infant mental health
  • Infant-mother sleep

Financial assistance

Several scholarships are available to help you pursue your education. Information about these scholarships is available on our website.