Educational Psychology (Ph.D.)
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.
The concentration focuses on individual growth and development across the lifespan as well as interpersonal interactions within the family context; this concentration also provides advanced study in developmental and family theory; social, emotional, and cognitive development; marriage and family relationships; and diversity in multiple forms and contexts.
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 1980s, and we train public school teachers who certify in Family and Consumer Sciences.