Child Development & Family Studies

Child Development & Family Studies

What is Child Development and Family Studies?

The Child Development and Family Studies major offers an interdisciplinary degree through the School Of Human Services and Education. This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill set to become practitioners in the area of children as well as examining how families function systemically.
The child development component of our program is distinctive in that it emphasizes the development of young children (0-8 years). Our program also highlights' human development across the lifespan which includes the cognitive, emotional, physical, and social domains from the prenatal period through older adulthood.
The family studies component offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the systems’ approach and well-being of the family by addressing challenges over the lifespan. Some of the challenges include but are not limited to relations with the family and family interactions with community institutions. Throughout this program, students are encouraged to integrate research, theory, and practice.

For more information:
Dr. Nedra Y. Washington

Why study at UNT Dallas?

UNT Dallas serves as a catalyst for students who desire the opportunity to experience multiple modalities of learning experiences within diverse sectors of social service. Students are exposed to the work culture during their course work through internship, practicum and service learning opportunities. Additionally, students observe children and families in their natural settings as well as participate in community projects and engage with community leaders. These experiences allow students to connect course and program content with future employment.

What are my career options?

  • Administrator, Child Care Director, Childcare Director, Director, Early Head Start Director, Education Coordinator, Education Director, Executive Director, Preschool Director, Site Coordinator Annual Salary: $45,670 Projected Job Growth: 8% by 2024
  • Social and Human Service Assistant Advocate, Caseworker, Community Coordinator, Family Support Worker, Home based Assistant, Human Services Program Specialist, Mental Health Technician, Outreach Specialist, Social Services Assistant, Social Work Associate $30,830 13% Job Growth by 2024
  • Child, Family, and School Social Worker Case Manager, Case Worker, Caseworker, Child Protective Services Social Worker (CPS Social Worker), Family Protection Specialist, Family Service Worker, Foster Care Social Worker, School Social Worker, Social Worker, Youth Services Specialist $42,350 8% Job Growth by 2024