UNT Undergraduate Catalog
Department of Counseling, Development and Higher Education

Main Office
Stovall Hall, 155
P.O. Box 311337
Denton, TX 76203-1337
(940) 565-2910
Fax: (940) 565-2905

Michael Altekruse, Chair


The Department of Counseling, Development and Higher Education provides programs designed to prepare professionals for leadership positions in child care and preschool facilities, schools, colleges, universities and the public sector.

Counselor Education

Advising Office
Stovall Hall, 155
(940) 565-2910


Professors Altekruse, Berg, Engels, Landreth, McLeod, Medler. Associate Professors Chandler, Harvill, Hipple, Holden, Norton. Assistant Professors Bratton, Durodoye, Gieda, Kern.

Graduate Programs

Counselor education offers programs in the following areas:

For further information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation (COPA), has conferred accreditation to the following areas of study for the degree in counseling and student services in the Department of Counseling, Development and Higher Education at the University of North Texas:

Graduate Courses of Instruction

Child Development

Advising Office
Matthews Hall, 110I
(940) 565-4646


Professor Lawhon. Associate Professor Jacobson. Assistant Professor Glover. Lecturer Gillespie.

Programs of Study

Bachelor of Science

Non-Certificate Program

The Bachelor of Science with a major in child development prepares child development specialists to work in such careers as administration, curriculum development and staff training in programs for children under 6 and school-age child care; to teach in preschools, child care centers, intervention programs and children's museum programs; to become child life specialists in hospitals or clinics, child/family specialists in community services and agencies, specialists in child care licensing and consultants to manufacturers and merchandisers of children's products and media.

Field experience and practicum requirements of 6 semester hours help prepare students for career opportunities. The selection of an 18-hour minor from such disciplines as business administration, education, health promotion, journalism, merchandising, psychology, recreation, social work and studies in aging provides opportunities for further specialization and career opportunities. The child development program also prepares students for graduate and professional studies in a variety of applied and academic fields.

Degree Requirements for a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Child Development

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree must meet the following requirements.

1. Hours for the Degree: Completion of a minimum of 124 total semester hours; 42 hours must be advanced.

2. General University Requirements: See "General Degree Requirements" in the Academics section of this catalog.

3. University Core Curriculum: 50-52 hours

See "University Core Curriculum Requirements" in the Academics section of this catalog for additional information.

4. Major Requirements: 39 Hours: EDCD 1250, 1260, 2000, 2010*, 3000, 4500, 4510, 4550, 4590, 4600 or 4601, 4602, 4610, 4620

5. Minor: 18 hours, of which 6 must be advanced, in a field outside of Child Development chosen in consultation with an adviser.

6. Electives: 9-11 hours

7. Other Course Requirements: 9 hours: SPHS 3080, SLIS 4420, SMHM 1450*

8. Other Requirements: An overall minimum 2.50 GPA is required for graduation.

Summary of Degree Requirements:

Child Development: 39

Minor: 18

Other: 9

Electives: 9-11


English 12

History 6

Political Science 6

Economics 3

Laboratory Science 6-8

Mathematics 3

Computer 3

Wellness 2

Visual and Performing Arts 3

Understanding of Ideas and Values 6 (3 hours may be satisfied by degree requirements)


42 hours must be advanced.

24 of the last 30 hours must be completed at UNT.

6 hours of minor must be advanced.

Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

Minor in Child Development

An 18-hour minor in child development is suggested for students whose careers or graduate degree plans involve children and families, for students who desire enrichment in family life education, and for students in preprofessional studies leading to careers in nursing and family law. The following courses are suggested for students whose area of interest is child development and family life: EDCD 1250, 1260, 2000, 2010, 3000, 4330, 4500, 4510, 4550, 4590, 4610 and 4620.

Graduate Degrees

Child Development offers a program that leads to:

For further information consult the Graduate Catalog.


The Robert and Martha Carter Scholarship in Child Development and Early Childhood Education provides for one or more grants each year for students of junior or senior standing. The recipient must be a full-time student majoring in child development or seeking certification in early childhood education.

Courses of Instruction

Higher Education

Advising Office
Matthews Hall, 119
(940) 565-2045


Professors Baier, Dixon, Eddy, Lumsden, Smith. Associate Professor Newsom.

Programs of Study

Graduate programs in higher education include:

Detailed information on these programs may be found in the Graduate Catalog.

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