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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Child Development and Family Studies, BS

A Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Studies prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills to effectively work with young children and families in multicultural and multilingual settings. This program is distinctive in that it emphasizes healthy development of young children (0 to 8 years old) and their families. Course instructions and 150 hours of hands-on experiential learning allow students to develop skills and knowledge to serve typically developing young children in the home, community, and child care settings.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Janice F. Moore, Phone: 972-338-1389, Email: Janice.Moore@untdallas.edu

Click here for the Recommended Course Sequence degree plan.



Building Blocks for the Degree

  1. Texas Core Curriculum: All students are required to complete 42 hours of the Texas Core Curriculum to earn a degree.
  2. Major Requirements: Completion of a minimum of 39 hours from Child Development of which 30 must be advanced. Completion of a minimum of 21 hours from Professional Field (described below). Students should complete 3000-level courses before enrolling in 4000-level courses. 
  3. Other Requirements: All students entering the Child Development program must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and be in good academic standing. Must clear criminal background check.
  4. Other Courses:   Students must have a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate with a degree from UNTD.  Students may complete a minor, certificate program or general elective courses to meet this requirement.


Core Curriculum Recommendations

UNTD adheres to the Texas Core Curriculum established in Texas Education Code Chapter 61, Subchapter S.  Courses designated on the transcript as a Core Foundation Area will be applied to the Texas Core Curriculum.  As a new Freshman student starting at UNTD (or transfer student looking ahead to attend UNTD), taking the recommended UNTD courses (or equivalent) can reduce hours to degree and provide more opportunities for elective courses.


Texas Core Curriculum, 42 hours

Courses with an asterisk (*) also count for the major.


Major Requirements, 39 hours

The following courses are required for the Child Development and Family Studies, BS degree. Courses with an asterisk (*) also count for the core.


Professional Field Requirements, 21 hours


Suggested Electives, 21 hours


Additional UNTD Degree Requirements

  • All students must meet the General University Requirements as well as the major requirements.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Child Development and Family Studies Major GPA 2.0 or higher (major and field professional field courses)



  • **Asterisk denotes courses required for the Certified Life Education Exam.


Further Professional Development

National Council on Familty Relations Certification

NCFR Contact Areas

  • Families & Individuals in Societal Contexts
  • Internal Dynamics of Families
  • Human Growth & Development Across the Life Span
  • Human Sexuality
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Family Resource Management
  • Parent Education & Guidance
  • Family Law & Public Policy
  • Family Life Education
  • Methodology Internship/Practicum
  • Family Development
  • Family Crisis
  • Human Development
  • Developmental Sexuality
  • Communication in Families
  • Family Resource Management
  • Parenting Issues & Education
  • Family Law & Public Policy
  • Practicum
  • For more information on CFLE visit https://www.ncfr.org/cfle-certification/what-family-life-education

UNTD Approved Coursework for Abbreviate Application (Grade of A, B, or C-)