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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas



Holub LabChild development practitioners and researchers foster the intellectual and emotional development of children and adolescents by focusing on typical and atypical development.


The Child Learning and Development major is a rigorous science-based curriculum emphasizing theories, research methods, findings and best practices in child development. There are opportunities for supervised and independent research, as well as field placements that involve working with children, families, schools and social services. 






Degree Program

The BS in Child Learning and Development requires 120 credit hours. The minor requires 18 credit hours.

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. The fast track program enables undergraduate students to take up to 12 hours of graduate courses that will count toward both UT Dallas bachelor and graduate degrees.


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Degree Plans

Infant StudyStudents have the option of selecting the Child Learning and Development BS degree plan or a BS plan that includes EC-6 teacher certification:


Child Learning and Development BS

Child Learning and Development with EC-6 Teacher Certification

Major Related Courses


Students may also double major in Child Learning and Development and Psychology:


Double Major (CLDP and PSY)

Double Major (CLDP and PSY) with EC-6 Teacher Certification


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.


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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.


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Career Preparation

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.


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Holub LabStudents can participate in one of four different internship opportunities for course credit.


  • Directed research
  • Teaching internship
  • Field internship
  • Fieldwork-Cooperative


We encourage students to begin participating in directed research experiences early in their academic career. Read more about these different types of Behavioral and Brain Sciences internships here.


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Honors Programs

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.


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Program Contacts

Program Head

Shayla Holub, PhD



Program Mailing Address
Child Learning and Development Degree Program
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd, GR41
Richardson, TX 75080


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Program Faculty


The core faculty in the Bachelor of Science in Child Learning and Development program specializes within the social, cognitive and language domains of developmental psychology.


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Program Resources


Child Learning and Development BS Fast Facts

This document provides a quick, printable overview of the program.


Create Your Own Guide to UT Dallas

This site allows potential students an opportunity to learn about what matters most to them.


Research Exposure Credits (REC)

Students can learn more about how to fulfill this requirement here. All students (majors and non-majors) are required to earn two credits for each behavioral sciences core course in which they are enrolled (6 credits max per semester). This can be a great opportunity to learn more about Psychology research!


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UT Dallas Organizations

UT Dallas Psi Chi

An honors organization by invitation only.


Psychology Coalition

Open to all students with interests in psychology.


External Organizations

American Psychological Association

The Society for Research in Child Development


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