University of North Texas

Department of Educational Psychology
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Human Development and Family Studies concentrations are part of the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education. These program areas prepare professionals through study, research, and practical experiences to enhance the quality of life and education for children, youth, adults, and families. Graduates are prepared to assume diverse roles in parent/family life education, child life, early childhood intervention, teaching, research, administration, and other professions requiring knowledge of human development and family life. The undergraduate and graduate programs are connected with the Certified Family Life Educator credential through the National Council on Family Relations and with Early Childhood Intervention certification through the state of Texas. We have had an active Child Life program since the 1980's, and we train public school teachers who certify in Family and Consumer Sciences. 

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Abbas Tashakkori (Department Chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 35% Human Development & Family Studies (undergraduate)
  • 26% Special Education (graduate)
  • 17% Autism (graduate)
  • 8.5% Gifted & Talented (graduate)
  • 5.9% Human Development & family Studies (graduate)
  • 4.6% Research (graduate)
  • 3.3% School Psychology (graduate)
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

1155 Union Circle #311335
Denton, TX 76203-1335
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergraduate Director
Dr. Arminta Jacobson
Undergrad Program Options
  • Lifespan Development
  • Family and Community
  • Teacher Certification in HDFS and Family and Consumer Sciences
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Human Development
  • Assessment and Observation
  • Parenting in Diverse Families
  • Professional Development in Human Development and Family Science
  • Courtship and Marriage
  • Infant and Toddler Development
  • Child Development
  • Culture and Family Diversity
  • Infant and Toddler Intervention
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Family, School, and Community
  • Adolescent Development
  • Child Life Seminar
  • Guidance of Children and Youth
  • Administration of Programs for Children, Youth, and Families
  • Family Law and Public Policy
  • Advanced Family Science
  • Family Life Education
  • Family Resource Management
  • Marriage and Relationship Education
  • Studies in Child Life
  • Pre-Internship
  • Internship
  • Reading and Understanding Research
  • PSYC 3480 Adult Development and Aging
  • Psychology of Death and DyingHuman Sexuality
  • Educational Aspects of Exceptional Learners
  • Nature of Communication Disorders
  • Reading and Understanding Research
  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Psychology of Death and Dying
  • Human Sexuality
  • Educational Aspects of Exceptional Learners
  • Nature of Communication Disorders
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

Leaders in Family Education (L.I.F.E.) is the NCFR Student Affiliate. Through the Office of Family Science and through faculty mentorship, undergraduate students have opportunities to be involved in research.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Arminta Lee Jacobson
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Practicum, Field Experience, or Internship
  • Foundations of Educational Research Methodology
  • Developmental and Family Theory
  • Infant and Child Development
  • Advanced Adolescent Development
  • Developmental Changes across Adulthood
  • Families in Crisis
  • Child Life Seminar
  • Ethics in the Child Life Profession
  • Medical Terminology and Human Anatomy
  • Normative Play in the Hospital Setting
  • Parent-Child Interaction
  • Parent and Family Education
  • Family Relationships
  • Partnerships: Family, School, and Community
  • Family Economics and Management
  • Learning Theories
  • Supervised Research or Program Evaluation
  • Human Development Across the Life Span
  • Learning Theories
  • Statistics for Educational Research
  • Research Methods in Education
  • Practicum, Field Problem or Internship
  • Foundations of Educational Psychology
  • Cognitive and Language Development
  • Application of Developmental Theories in Research
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Diversity in Individuals, Families and Schools
  • Multiple Regression Analysis and Related Methods
  • Classical and Modern Educational Measurement Theory
  • Theory and Application of Hierarchical Linear Modeling
  • Qualitative Research in Education
  • Multivariate Statistics in Education
  • Application of Family Theory in Research
  • The Changing Family
  • Doctoral Dissertation
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Child Life
  • Family Science
  • Learning and Development
Masters Comments

Our programs prepare professionals to enhance the quality of life for children, youth, adults, and families. The program provides opportunities for seminars, internships, and research. We also have a post-baccalaureate teacher certification in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Educational Psychology with a Concentration in Human Development and Family Science
Doctoral Comments

The Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Human Development and Family Science prepares students for research and faculty positions with opportunities in human development, family studies, and methodology courses from experts in the field. We currently fund tuition plus a living stipend through research and teaching assistantships for all full-time students, and some fellowships are available for outstanding applicants. Our pass-through Masters option allows some students to enter the doctoral program with a bachelor's degree. Students are generally offered the opportunity to teach undergraduate classes after their first year of coursework. Our faculty has a history of publishing with our graduate students. The department and college support graduate student travel for conference presentations. The Educational Psychology Department houses observation and statistics laboratories, the Office of Family Science, and HIPPY Texas, which afford increased opportunities for research involvement.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.

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CFLE Contact
Arminta Jacobson, Ph.D., CFLE
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