Child development practitioners and researchers focus on fostering the intellectual and emotional development of children. The field focuses on the normal and atypical development of children and adolescents within the contexts of families, schools, peer groups and larger cultural surroundings.
The Child Learning and Development major provides undergraduate students a rigorous science-based curriculum that immerses them in the theories, findings, research methods and best practices that the scientific study of child development has to offer. There are opportunities for supervised and independent research, as well as field placements that involve working with children, families, schools and social services. Our students are prepared to pursue a wide range of careers in education, psychology, social work, family medicine, public health, family law, research and public policy.
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The BS in Child Learning and Development requires 120 credit hours. The minor requires 18 credit hours.
Students are required to earn two Research Exposure Credits (REC) for each behavioral science core course in which they are enrolled for a maximum of six total credits each semester.
The UT Dallas undergraduate catalog provides an overview of the Child Learning and Development program, lists the major and minor requirements, and explains the fast-track program, which enables undergraduate students to take up to 12 hours of graduate courses that will count towards both UT Dallas bachelors and graduate degrees. To compile all your academic, campus and extracurricular interests into a presentation you can print out, follow the steps to Create Your Own Guide to UT Dallas.
Students have the option of selecting the Child Learning and Development BS degree plan or a BS plan that includes EC-6 teacher certification:
Students may also double major in Child Learning and Development and Psychology:
The University’s course look-up site will help you find specific classes and times to fit your degree plan and schedule. The CourseBook site links to syllabi, class evaluations, and textbooks for all of UT Dallas courses. The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences' projected schedule of core classes will help you in your planning.
Visit with an academic advisor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences to create a degree plan. Freshmen must visit with an advisor before registering. All other students should consult an advisor before registering each semester.
To learn more about the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences’ Advising and Mentoring System, visit our advising website.
The Child Learning and Development major prepares students for a wide range of careers in education, psychology, social work, family medicine, public health, family law and public policy.
The major is especially well suited for students seeking elementary teacher certification. Students will develop a strong foundation in child development and accumulate teaching skills by combining a degree in Child Learning and Development with an elementary teacher certification.
The University’s Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing their careers. Licensed counselors are available to provide strategies for mastering job interviews, writing professional cover letters and resumes, or helping students connect with campus recruiters, among other services.
Undergraduate juniors and seniors with a GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to enroll in an internship class. This class enables students to receive credit for one of four types of internship opportunities, each of which involves roughly eight hours of practicum work per week.
Read more about Behavioral and Brain Sciences internships.
Incoming freshman with high standardized test scores and a high school GPA of 3.6 or higher should consider applying to Collegium V, a University-wide honors program.
Majors in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences who have completed at least 15 credit hours with a GPA of 3.4 or higher may apply to earn BBS School Honors.
Students intending to pursue doctoral-level graduate training in psychology, education, medicine, or related fields should consider applying to the Dean’s Scholars Program.
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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd, GR41
Richardson, TX 75080