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

Web site: www.coe.unt.edu/CDNE/CDHE.htm

Michael Altekruse, Chair


The Department of Counseling, Development and Higher Education provides programs designed to prepare professionals for leadership positions in community services, 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. Associate Professors Chandler, Hipple, Holden, Norton. Assistant Professors Bratton, Coy, Durodoye, Gieda, Harris, Kern. Lecturer Haggan.

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:

Courses of Instruction

See Graduate Catalogfor Courses of Instruction.

Child/Human Development and Family Studies

Advising Office
Matthews Hall, 110
(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/human development and family studies provides students a program of study in a selected emphasis area focusing on foundations in developmental and/or family studies, as well as career preparation in a chosen emphasis.

Emphasis areas include:

1. Administration and Training

2. Early Childhood Development and Intervention

3. Family and Community

4. Human Development

Degree Requirements for a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Child/Human Development and Family Studies

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

1. Hours for the Degree: Completion of a minimum of 127 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:

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

6. Electives: 9-11 hours

7. Other Course Requirements: Other course requirements are included in emphasis areas.

8. Other Requirements: An overall minimum 2.50 GPA and a minimum 2.50 GPA in course work in the major are required for graduation.

Summary of Degree Requirements:

Child/Human Development: 31-49

Minor: minimum 18

Other: 6-12

Electives: 2-20


English 12

History 6

Political Science 6

Economics 3

Laboratory Science 6-8

Mathematics 3

Computer 3

Wellness 2-3

Visual and Performing Arts 3

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



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.

Supplemental Information for the BS with a Major in Child/Human Development and Family Studies

Core Requirements in Child/Human Development: 16 hours, including EDCD 1210, 1220, 2010, 4600, 4601 and 4602.

It is recommended that students enroll in EDCD 1210 and 1220 during their first semester in the program.

Additional course requirements for the emphasis areas are as follows:

Required Practicums

Each Child/Human Development and Family Studies student is required to complete two, 3-hour unpaid practicums related to the emphasis area. The student must complete a minimum of 300 clock hours to meet this requirement. Students should have senior status and have completed ECDC 4600 before beginning the practicums. Permission to enroll in a practicum and approval of practicum site are required.

Students who are interested in research and preparing for graduate studies are advised to take a research practicum and complete a senior thesis. Any student who is interested in research should meet with a faculty adviser early in the program to plan an appropriate minor and electives and to seek approval for choosing a senior thesis.

Minor in Child/Human Development and Family Studies

An 18-hour minor in child/human development and family studies 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. Students who choose child/human development as a minor must meet prerequisite requirements for courses.

Graduate Degrees

Child/Human Development and Family Studies 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. Associate Professor Newsom.

Programs of Study

Graduate programs in higher education include:

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

Graduate Courses of Instruction

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