The School of Human Services offers two undergraduate degree programs and two graduate degree programs. The  Master of Education degree in School Counseling is a 48-hour program, and the Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60-hour program. The Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Management and Leadership (HSML), and a Bachelor's degree in Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) prepares students for work in the social service sector.

The Counseling, HSML, and CDFS programs incorporate internships and service learning projects that benefit our local community. For example, counseling students have provided play therapy to children impacted by various forms of trauma and change, counseled troubled teens, and advocated for homeless families. HSML students are positioned to earn credentials and certifications that prepare them to enter the workforce with leadership skills in such areas as volunteer management,  budgeting and fundraising,   substance abuse treatment and case management. Students develop connections to local networks and create a pipeline of other dedicated professionals. CDFS students consult with local child care agencies to help them become accredited.


The University of North Texas at Dallas School of Human Services promotes human development through education, research, and service in the profession of counseling and human services. 

Through education, the department prepares highly competent, counseling, human service, child development, and family studies professionals to work in culturally diverse agencies, schools, and communities. Through research, the department creates, applies, and disseminates innovative knowledge to improve children, adolescents, adults, seniors, agencies, schools, and communities. Through service, the department provides leadership in professional and community organizations, training to professionals, and services to individuals, schools, and agencies in our diverse community.  


The vision of the School of  Human Services is to be renown for developing highly skilled and multiculturally competent counselors, human service, child development, and family studies professionals who successfully promote growth and wellness of children, adults, families, schools, agencies, and communities locally and worldwide.

Undergraduate Degree Programs in HSML

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Services Management and Leadership

Certificates (Bachelor's and Post-Bachelor's)

Applied Gerontology

Substance Abuse/Addictions

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Child Development and Family Studies

Graduate Degree Programs in Counseling

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Concentration in School Counseling: Elementary or Secondary (48 credit hours)

Master of Science (M.S.) Concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 credit hours)

FULL TIME (Core) Faculty & Staff:

Human Services:

Dr. Constance Lacy, Founding Dean, School of Human Services 

Dr. Joy Patton, Senior Lecturer

Dr. Iftekhar Amin, Associate Professor

Dr. Shelia Lumar, Lecturer, Program Coordinator


Dr. Jennifer Baggerly, Professor of Counseling, CACREP Coordinator

Dr. Yu-fen Lin, Associate Professor of Counseling

Dr. Amy McCortney, Lecturer

Child Development and Family Studies:

Dr. Nedra Washington, Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor

Dr. Janice Moore, Visiting Lecturer

Administrative Staff:

Judith Nix, Administrative Coordinator, Executive Assistant to the Dean

What students are saying

"I love UNT Dallas and the people here. The university is filled with genuine people that care about your future and make sure you are on the right path."

Ruhama, Class of 2018

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