Child Development

A Bachelor of Science in Child Development prepares you for many professional roles focused on serving needs of children and their families.

Career Opportunities

Student works with children
  • Early child care teachers or administrators in public or private agencies
  • Parent educators who help parents develop and improve childrearing skills
  • Early childhood interventionists (ECI)
  • Work with child services, foster care and adoption

Numerous other career fields also require the knowledge and skills you’ll develop through this program.

Pre-OT or Pre-PT Tracks

Students can also choose the occupational therapy (OT) track or physical therapy (PT) track within child development. A degree on one of these tracks will prepare you for a graduate-level program in OT or PT. 

Child Life Emphasis

ACLP Endorsed Academic Program

BS in Child Development - Child Life Emphasis prepares students to become a child life specialist working with children and their families in healthcare and community settings. Not only is our undergraduate child development - child life emphasis degree endorsed by the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) meeting the ACLP’s academic requirements for certification, but Texas Woman's University is 1 of just 7 nationwide ACLP endorsed undergraduate programs and the ONLY ACLP-endorsed undergraduate program in the state of Texas.

Degree Plans

CFLE (Certified Family Life Educator) and NCFR (National Council on Family Relations) logos

*Meets the National Council on Family Relations standards and criteria for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation.

Courses offered by semester

How to Apply

Undergraduate Admission

When you apply to TWU, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores. Admission to TWU is valid for four terms, unless you have attended another higher education institution.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

Questions about the admissions process? Contact the Office of Admissions Processing.

Office of Admissions
Texas Woman’s University
P.O. Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204-5649
940-898-3076 or 1-866-809-6130 ext. 3076

Child Development at the CHEC

Collin Higher Education Center

Collin County students may take TWU courses at the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC). Junior- and senior-level courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in child development are offered each semester. The department plans to offer all major courses necessary to complete a bachelor’s degree in child development (with no emphasis) within a two-year rotation.

To register for classes at the CHEC, you must be a current TWU student in good standing and must have met any prerequisites necessary to take upper division courses.

CHEC Course Rotation through 2022


For more information

Melissa Harper, PhD
Undergraduate Advisor  
WH 102-B

Page last updated 12:49 PM, October 14, 2021