Human Development and Family Studies
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood
The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood prepares professionals to work with children from infancy through sixth grade. A strong emphasis in child development provides the foundation for understanding the child as an individual within the context of the family, the peer group, and school settings.
The Early Childhood degree is uniquely configured to provide students with a grounding in child development from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies followed by courses in curriculum and instruction in the College of Education. The Early Childhood program meets current Texas requirements for teacher certification. Opportunity is afforded in the Child Development Research Center and Texas Tech University Early Head Start for the student to observe and interact with infants, toddlers, and young children. Both centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
The program meets current Texas requirements for teacher certification and is accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). State teacher certification is granted from early childhood through the sixth grade. See an academic advisor for updated certification requirements that may occur from recent legislative mandates. Admission to teacher certification is competitive and is based on not less than a 2.75 overall GPA. Students seeking teacher certification must meet all requirements outlined in the College of Education section of this catalog. To be recommended for certification, graduates must achieve satisfactory performance on the TExES, an examination prescribed by the State Board of Education.
Additional supplemental certifications (such as ESL and Special Education) are available in addition to the initial Generalist EC-6 certificate. Consult with the certification advisers in the College of Education.