Bachelor of Science in Child Development (Child Life)

Website: https://twu.edu/human-development-family-studies-counseling/undergraduate-programs/child-development/

The B.S. in Child Development with a Child Life Emphasis prepares students to compete for placement in Child Life Internships. Course work prepares students for work with children and families in healthcare and community settings. Upon completion of this degree, students may be eligible to pursue certification through the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP).

The B.S. in Child Development - Child Life Emphasis program is endorsed by the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP).

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Design developmentally appropriate activities for children.
  2. Developmental assessment skills​.
  3. Written communication skills​.
  4. Interpersonal skills​.

Admissions

All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 120   

Major: 64 SCH

Program Code: CHLDEV.BS   CIP Code: 19.0706.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

HDFS 1001Seminar in Family Sciences1
HDFS 1513Human Development3
HDFS 1603Child in the Family and Community3
HDFS 2403Concept Development in Early Childhood3
HDFS 2503Development of Infants and Toddlers3
HDFS 2513Early Childhood Development3
HDFS 2523Wellness of the Young Child3
HDFS 2563Childhood Guidance3
HDFS 2573Creative Arts and Literature for Young Children3
ECE 2613Program Planning and Administration of Programs for Young Children3
HDFS 3323Separation and Loss3
HDFS 3423Play and Development in Early Childhood3
HDFS 3513Childhood and Adolescence3
HDFS 3523The Care and Education of Children: A Global Perspective3
HDFS 3533Research Methods in Family Sciences3
HDFS 3613Crisis in the American Family3
HDFS 4403Child Life: Working With Hospitalized Children and Families3
HDFS 4533Communication and the Family3
or HDFS 4543 Developmental Sexuality
HDFS 4583Parenting Issues and Education3
HDFS 4803Public Policy: Family Sciences Perspectives3
or SOWK 3453 Children's Rights and Services
HDFS 4923Professional Development in Family Sciences (Grade of "B" or higher required)3
HDFS 4943Practicum in Family Sciences (Grade of "B" or higher required)3
Total SCHs64

Departmental Requirements

HS 3033Medical Terminology3
Total SCHs3

Electives

Electives11
Total SCHs11

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
FallTCCNSCHs
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
MATH 1013Financial and Quantitative Literacy MATH 13323
HDFS 1513Human Development 3
Elective2
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
HDFS 1001 (Must take in 1st or 2nd semester)Seminar in Family Sciences 1
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Social & Behavioral Science Core3
Wellness/Mathematics CAO Core2
Creative Arts Core 3
 SCHs 15
Second Year
FallTCCN
HDFS 2563Childhood Guidance 3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Language, Philosophy, and Culture Core3
Life/Physical Science Core3
Multicultural Women's Studies Core3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
HDFS 1603Child in the Family and Community TECA 13033
HDFS 2503Development of Infants and Toddlers 3
HDFS 2513Early Childhood Development TECA 13543
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Life/Physical Science Core3
 SCHs 15
Third Year
FallTCCN
HDFS 2403Concept Development in Early Childhood 3
HDFS 2523Wellness of the Young Child TECA 13183
ECE 2613Program Planning and Administration of Programs for Young Children 3
HDFS 3613Crisis in the American Family 3
HDFS 3533Research Methods in Family Sciences 3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
HDFS 2573Creative Arts and Literature for Young Children 3
HDFS 3513Childhood and Adolescence 3
HDFS 3523The Care and Education of Children: A Global Perspective 3
HS 3033Medical Terminology 3
Electives3
 SCHs 15
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
HDFS 4403Child Life: Working With Hospitalized Children and Families 3
HDFS 4533
or 4543
Communication and the Family
or Developmental Sexuality
3
HDFS 4923Professional Development in Family Sciences 3
Electives6
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
HDFS 3323Separation and Loss 3
HDFS 3423Play and Development in Early Childhood 3
HDFS 4583Parenting Issues and Education 3
HDFS 4803
or SOWK 3453
Public Policy: Family Sciences Perspectives
or Children's Rights and Services
3
HDFS 4943Practicum in Family Sciences 3
 SCHs 15
 Total SCHs:  120

*Please note that this plan does not include summer semesters. Students can take fewer courses during fall and spring if they opt to take courses in the summer.