Development and Family Studies

Your Future In Development and Family Studies

Enjoy working with children? 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'll be prepared to work in a variety of community and educational settings. Other career areas include:

  • Social services
  • Business, consumer and family resource services
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Intervention and rehabilitation
  • Advocacy and public policy
  • Healthcare and family wellness
  • Family law

What we offer

The Department of Educational Psychology administers a rigorous curriculum that focuses on enhancing the well-being of individuals and families through research, instruction and outreach.

We offer concentrations in Family and Community (with additional tracks in Family Life Education and Intervention and Administration) and Lifespan Development depending on your career aspirations and interests. Our faculty members will 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 bullying and parent involvement in school to childcare. They've also been honored by organizations such as the National Council on Family Relations for their contributions.

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

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 professional development 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, the Texas HIPPY Center, the Child Development Laboratory and the Kristin Farmer Autism Center. This allows you to become part of a professional atmosphere and obtain career contacts in addition to fulfilling any field experience requirements you have.

The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010 Massachusetts Ave. 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.

What to expect

You'll learn about human development, assessment and observation in your first semester at UNT. These courses are part of 15 credit hours of required educational psychology core courses. As you progress through the degree program, you'll take additional required courses in a concentration area.

The credit hours for each concentration range from 27 to 40 and include a 3-hour unpaid practicum.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at 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.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to 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. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at