Education and Human Sciences

General Information

The College of Education and Human Sciences (at Lincoln and Omaha) is committed to individuals, families and communities of Nebraska in the context of the larger society. The College’s educational, research and outreach programs are focused on development of critical-thinking skills which reflect a concern for social responsibility.


The College of Education and Human Sciences is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals, families, schools and communities and to strengthening the relationships among them.


In pursuing our mission, the faculty, staff, students and graduates of the College of Education and Human Sciences are guided by shared values that inform every aspect our work. Specifically, we value:

  • Excellence in all aspects of the life of the College;
  • Innovation, creativity, and curiosity as we address the complex issues facing individuals, families, schools, and communities;
  • Respect for diverse people, ideas, voices, and perspectives;
  • Multidisciplinary approaches to scholarship that integrate teaching and learning, research, scholarship, and creative activity, outreach, and service;
  • Working together to positively impact the lives of individuals, families, schools, and communities:
  • Partnering with people in the community to support the mission and vision of the College of Education and Human Sciences;
  • Emphasizing the creation of new knowledge and its application to human and community needs thereby combining the strengths of a research and a land-grant university.

Signature Themes

Four signature themes characterize our work:

  1. Our first commitment is to remain people focused. By understanding the depth and breadth of human life we can affirm and support the efforts of individuals, families, schools, and communities.
  2. We are strengths focused. Starting with ourselves, and extending to our view of others, we look for positive potential. We believe this yields the best possible outcome.
  3. We adhere to a systems perspective. We understand that all action occurs within a context that is larger than any single individual or circumstance, and our obligation is to recognize and respond to the system.
  4. We are professionals whose work is characterized by ethical, evidence-based decision making. We understand and value both qualitative and quantitative inquiry as appropriate forms for gathering and interpreting data.

Omaha Programs

The Department of Child, Youth and Family Sciences offers programs in both Lincoln and Omaha leading to a bachelor of science in Education and Human Sciences. This department has several options including:

These undergraduate programs provide students’ with an educational background for positions in a variety of business, industry, government, community service, health care, and educational employment settings.

Programs on the Omaha Campus

Two major fields of study can be completed entirely on the Omaha campus. These are:

  • Family Science
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Journalism and Mass Media

Students can begin some programs on the Omaha campus but they must be completed on the Lincoln campus. These programs include:

  • Child Development/Early Childhood Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Because of different publication dates for the UNO Undergraduate Catalog and the UNL Undergraduate Bulletin, it is not always possible to have identical course information in both publications. With this in mind, the students should remember to consult the UNL College of Education and Human Sciences for the latest information about courses, course requirements and major changes. The Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies’ UNO administrative office is located in Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 102 and can also provide this information.


Accreditation helps to ensure that graduates of these programs have had formal preparation that meets nationally accepted standards of quality and relevance.

Human Sciences

All baccalaureate degree programs in the Human Sciences are accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). Nationally, only a small number of schools offering undergraduate programs in child, youth and family studies meet the high standards set by AAFCS for program accreditation. This accreditation requires a commitment to self-regulation and peer evaluation.

The Human Sciences programs of study offered by the College of Education and Human Sciences are the only programs in the State of Nebraska accredited by AAFCS.

Individual Certification

The College offers course work leading to a certification in family life education. Graduates will need to apply for certification and take the appropriate examination.


Ruth Staples Laboratory Program

The Ruth Staples Child Development Laboratory (UNL) provides developmental programs for young children which involves students in child, youth and family studies as well as other departments of the University of Nebraska. Serving both teacher training and research functions at undergraduate and graduate levels, the Laboratory offers students and researchers opportunities for observation and study of children through its nursery school program and its day-care center.


In addition to the scholarships awarded by the University, the College of Education and Human Sciences awards a number of scholarships funded by various donors — individuals, organizations, and foundations. Criteria for awarding these scholarships vary to meet the wishes of the donors but often include financial need, academic performance, major area of study, and class standing.

Scholarships which vary in amount are awarded each year. Both new and continuing students must annually complete the scholarship application form from the UNO Office of Financial Aid, Eppley Administration Building, Room 103.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is important to a successful college experience. All students in the College of Education and Human Sciences are advised by a central adviser (UNO) in the department. The adviser is available to all students for assistance in assessing educational goals, planning programs of study, understanding program requirements, and knowing policies and procedures. The UNO adviser is located in Arts & Sciences Hall, Room 102 and the phone number is 402-554-2351.

Ultimately, students are responsible for fulfilling all of the requirements of the curriculum in which they are enrolled. The intellectual mentoring relationship between academic adviser and student is protected by confidentiality and strengthened by listening with understanding to student concerns.

  • Intellectual mentoring by the academic adviser fosters:
  • Development of an awareness of available choices, alternatives and resources;
  • Guidance with decision making;
  • Encouragement to expand horizons by full participation in university life; and
  • Promotion of readiness to meet career, life and graduate/professional school challenges.

Students are expected to take responsibility for a successful university experience and effective advising sessions by:

  • Participating in orientation/early enrollment programs;
  • Scheduling appointments with their adviser prior to early enrollment and at other times as needed;
  • Identifying class choices from requirements of the preferred program or major;
  • Identifying questions to address;
  • Informing the adviser of any special needs, deficiencies or barriers that might affect academic success;
  • Knowing academic policies and academic calendar deadlines, procedures (e.g., registration, fee payment) and degree or program requirements;
  • Remaining informed about progress in meeting academic requirements by maintaining careful academic records and seeking assistance to resolve any errors or questions; and
  • Following through on recommendations to seek assistance from the various student support services provided by the university.

Honors and Awards

Dean’s List

The Dean’s List, issued at the end of fall and spring semesters, are students enrolled in the College of Education and Human Sciences who have achieved a minimum 3.75 GPA in 12 or more graded semester credits. Students who are on academic probation are not eligible for the Dean’s List. The List is per semester and not cumulative.

Degrees with Distinction

In recognition of outstanding academic excellence, the College of Education and Human Sciences recommends the bachelors degree With Distinction, With High Distinction and With Highest Distinction. All students graduating with Distinction must meet the following criteria:

  • Candidates must have completed at least 60 hours at UNL (Child, Youth and Family Studies students enrolled at UNO) by the time of graduation.
  • Persons in teaching endorsement programs must satisfactorily complete student teaching; persons in non-endorsement programs must satisfactorily fulfill practica or other internship experiences as required by their programs of study.
  • Eligibility is based on the cumulative grade point average of all credit hours taken at UNL (UNO) prior to the beginning of the term in which the student receives his or her degree.

Highest Distinction

Candidates for the bachelors degree who have successfully completed the program to which they were admitted and achieved a 4.0 cumulative grade point average.

High Distinction

Candidates for the bachelors degree who have successfully completed the program to which they were admitted and achieved a 3.95 to 3.999 cumulative grade point average.


Candidates for the bachelors degree who have successfully completed the program to which they were admitted and achieved a 3.85 to 3.949 cumulative grade point average.

Student Organizations

Human Sciences

Kappa Omicron Nu

Promotion of scholarship, graduate study, and research are the major objectives of the honorary. Only those individuals who meet the highest scholastic standards are eligible for membership.

Phi Upsilon Omicron

Members are chosen based upon scholarship, leadership, service and character.


The student chapter of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is an organization open to all students in the College of Education and Human Sciences. A member may belong to a local chapter as well as to state and national organizations.


The student chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children is open to all students in early childhood education. The organization provides networking, leadership, service, and career information.


The purpose of the Family Science Organization is to assist students in the development of a professional goal. Students will be able to explore potential career opportunities in the field of Family Science, discuss with professionals extracurricular activities that prepare them for those careers and dovetail their educational experience with their career goals.

Career Opportunities

A degree in Education and Human Sciences provides a broad educational background that includes a strong comprehensive education and professional courses which make it possible to enter and progress through a career. The strength of the program makes it possible for professionals to change goals and adapt to the employment marketplace while continuing to serve the needs of people.


Careers include, among others, retailing; investment, insurance and commodities sales; public relations and finance; and marketing.


Careers include teaching in elementary, middle and high schools; extension education; government, business and industry.

Human Services

Careers include social work, administration, law enforcement, program planning and management; gerontology; human services; job, family and personal counseling.

Journalism and Mass Media

Careers include broadcasting, news editorial and advertising.

International Opportunities

The College is committed to preparing students to function in a global, culturally diverse and changing society. The success of the College’s graduates will be enhanced by knowledge of a foreign language and understanding of other cultures. A global perspective is developed in many of the College’s courses and study abroad is encouraged. The College offers a minor in international studies which includes a study experience in another country.

The College sponsors overseas programs for the students in the College and works closely with the International Affairs Office of the University (UNL campus) to see that students are aware of the many study abroad opportunities that exist for students. The College is affiliated with The American College in London and Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Proficiency in a foreign language is not required for all international programs. Foreign language study, however, is often a part of the programs.

Admission to the College

Students accepted by the University must have an ACT of 20 or SAT of 950, or rank in the upper half of their high school graduating class, and have the following high school preparation to be eligible for admission to the College of Education and Human Sciences.

  • four years of English that include intensive reading and writing experience;
  • two years of one foreign language;
  • four years of mathematics, that include Algebra I, II, geometry and one year that builds on a knowledge of algebra;
  • three years of natural sciences that include at least two years selected from biology, physics, chemistry and earth science and one year of laboratory instruction;
  • three years of social studies, that include at least one year of American and/or world history and one year of history, American government, and/or geography.

Deficiency Removal

A student whose high school work fails to meet the admission requirements to the College must remove deficiencies by satisfactory completion of specified courses at the University or through the UNL or UNO Division of Continuing Studies. Students enrolling with deficiencies will be expected to remove deficiencies during their first year at the University. Students will not receive credit toward graduation for courses taken to remove deficiencies.

Transfer and Readmitted Student Requirements

Transfer students from universities or colleges outside of UNL (UNO) and readmitted students seeking admission to the College of Education and Human Sciences must have an accumulated average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or above and no high school deficiencies. Students who do not meet these requirements must enroll as deciding students in the Division of Continuing Studies or in another college. Once they have completed 12 graded hours at UNL (UNO) with a minimum 2.0 grade point average, and have removed any high school deficiencies, students may apply for admission to the College.

Transfer and readmitted students must meet the graduation requirements for the College of Education and Human Sciences as stated in the current catalog in effect at the time they enter or reenter the College.

Students who left the College on probation or who were dismissed may seek readmission to the College after two semesters by applying to the UNO Admissions Office. Readmission is not assured. However, the admission committee is receptive to giving students a second opportunity to be successful. The committee is interested in knowing what the student has done in the intervening period that would suggest the student will be successful when readmitted. Successfully completing correspondence courses and/or community college courses is an effective way to demonstrate one’s commitment to academic success.

Acceptance of Transfer Grades

Grades Earned at UNL, UNO, UNK

Grades of D-, D, D+ and C- satisfy requirements in all programs in the College unless specified otherwise under the “Degree Programs and Requirements In Education (Teacher Preparation)” on page 253 UNL Bulletin “Courses of Instruction in Education” on page 260 UNL Bulletin or “Areas of Study in Human Sciences” on page 268 of the UNL Bulletin. Students who receive a grade of D-, D, D+, C-, however, are encouraged to retake the course.

Grades Earned Outside UN System

The college will accept no more that 9 credit hours of grades less than a C from any program outside the University of Nebraska system. Grades below a C can only be applied to general education requirements and elective classes.

Maximum Number of Hours for Transfer

Transfer courses are evaluated by the University and the College to determine UNL (UNO) and College course equivalencies. The College determines which courses will be accepted and how they will apply toward degree requirements.

  • Sixty-six (66) is the maximum number of hours that will be accepted on transfer from a two-year college.
  • Ninety-five (95) is the maximum number of hours that will be accepted on transfer from accredited four-year colleges and universities.

Courses taken 10 years before admission or readmission to the College will be evaluated by the major department to determine if it is appropriate to accept those courses for transfer and application to degree requirements. Specific Child, Youth and Family Studies courses will be reviewed in keeping with the guidelines specified.

Transfer Credit from Technical, Non-Accredited and Foreign Institutions

Students who desire to transfer from these institutions must have each course evaluated by the appropriate departmental representative. All rules stated above in reference to grades and maximum credit hours apply. For additional information and guidance in this process contact the Dean’s office in Lincoln (402.472.2913).

Transfer Agreements Between UNL, UNO and UNK

Transfer agreements among the three institutions within the University System allow for a smooth transition for students interested in taking courses from UNO, UNK and/or UNL. Although restrictions noted above on grades and maximum transfer hours still apply, there are some exceptions. For purposes of residency, courses from UNL, UNO and UNK fulfill these requirements. Students planning to major in a program in the College should read the specific requirements noted with individual programs. Questions about academic transfer should be addressed to the UNL Dean’s office at 402.472.2913 in Lincoln.

Transfer Agreements with Community Colleges

Articulation agreements and “Transfer with Ease Programs” with Nebraska community colleges indicate how courses and programs will transfer to UNL (UNO) and the College of Education and Human Sciences. The same guidelines noted above on the acceptance of courses, grades, and hours also apply to these institutions. Students interested in transferring from a community college should consult with the department academic adviser to determine which courses will transfer to fulfill specific College of Education and Human Sciences requirements.

Courses from accredited two-year institutions will generally not be substituted for 400-level human sciences classes in the College. The 300-level courses will be considered on an individual basis by the department in the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Courses taken prior to course articulation agreements will be accepted contingent upon departmental validation of the credit.

International Students

The College of Education and Human Sciences welcomes undergraduate international students. As a part of admissions to the College, international students must present a TOEFL score of 550 or higher, and TSE score of 230 or higher.

Students seeking teacher education and state certification must meet the same requirements as any other undergraduate students, including the Pre-Professional Skills Test or other basic skills test approved by the Nebraska Department of Education. Students who have received a degree outside of the United States and are interested in teacher certification are required to have a transcript review completed by an approved agency not directly associated with the University of Nebraska. See the director of advising in the College Student Services Center for details.

College Academic Policies

Academic Load

A maximum of 17 credit hours (UNO) may be taken each semester without special permission from the academic adviser’s office. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken each semester to be classified as a full-time student. To complete the requirements for a degree in eight semesters, a student must earn an average of 15 credit hours each semester. Most freshman students are advised to take 12 credit hours their first semester. This allows first-year students to make an easier transition from high school to college study. Most students need a minimum of two hours of preparation for every hour in class, so a schedule of 12 credit hours is actually equivalent to a 36 hour per week job. Outside work may interfere with academic success. The student who must work should plan to take some summer session courses or an extra semester or two to complete the work required for a degree.

Special Requests for Substitutions and Waivers

In rare cases, there may be a need for students to request a special substitution or waiver to curriculum requirements. Such a request is made only in exceptional and unusual circumstances and cannot serve as an excuse for not following correct degree requirements. Specific instructions and procedures are available from students’ academic adviser, Arts & Sciences Hall, Room 102.

Grade Appeals

Any student enrolled in a course in the College of Education and Human Sciences who wishes to appeal alleged unfair and prejudicial treatment by a faculty member shall present his/her appeal in writing to the Dean of the College no later than 30 days after notice of the student’s final course grade posted on mavlink.

Students may use and are encouraged to use the following sequential procedures to appeal the grade. The problem may be solved at any of the levels of the appeal procedure.

  1. Contact the instructor. Frequently the problems can be solved at this point.
  2. Submit a request to the chair of the department.
  3. Take the case to the departmental Grading Appeals Committee. The Committee is contacted by the department chair.
  4. Take the case to the College Appeals, Retention and Certification Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office.

The complaint will be forwarded to a committee consisting of faculty and student representatives. After a hearing, the Committee will make a written recommendation regarding the appeal. The Committee’s recommendation is binding on the appealing student and faculty member.

College Graduation Requirements

Degree Application

It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Registrar’s Office via mavlink early in the semester the student’s plans to graduate. Failure to meet the published deadline may delay graduation one full term.

Course Numbers

Students should be aware that courses designated by four numbers, such as CYAF 4970, are offered on the Omaha campus. Courses using a three-number designation or three numbers plus an alpha (CYAF 497B) are offered on the Lincoln campus.

Areas of Study in Human Sciences

Areas of Study

The College offers programs leading to a bachelor of science in Education and Human Sciences in the following areas:

Inclusive Early Childhood Education: Birth to Grade 3

Child Development/Early Childhood Education*

Family and Consumer Sciences Education*

Family and Consumer Sciences Journalism and Mass Media*

Family Science*

*Available at UNO.

These undergraduate programs provide students with an educational background for positions in a variety of government, business, community service, health care, and educational employment settings.


Minors in Other Colleges

An undergraduate student with a major in Family Sciences who wants a minor in another college should consult with their College of Education and Human Sciences adviser. Declaration of the minor must be made through the department offering the minor. The form must be recorded at the Registrar’s Office in Eppley Administration Building, Room 105.

Achievement-Centered Education (ACE)

All UNL students who are following the 2009-10 Bulletin will be required to complete a minimum of 3 hours of approved course work in each of the 10 designated ACE Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) areas which are described on page 17 of the UNL bulletin. It is highly recommended that students contact their adviser prior to registering for ACE classes in order to insure that each of the class selections are in the best interest of the students’ academic program.

Residency Requirement

Credit hours and Grade Point Average.

A minimum of 120 semester hours of applicable credit is required to earn the bachelor of science degree In Education and Human Sciences. Some programs may require more than 120 credit hours. In addition, a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required to graduate. Students in family and consumer sciences education must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. No more than 95 hours of credit from another four year college or university can be applied toward a degree in human sciences.

Residency Requirements and Correspondence Courses.

At least 30 of the last 36 hours of credit needed for a degree must be registered for and completed in residence at a University of Nebraska system institution. This means that the last year of work must generally be spent a UNL (UNO). Half of the credit needed to graduate can be earned by means of correspondence courses; however, such credit does not count toward residence and thus cannot be among the last 30 credit hours earned.

Deficiency Removal

Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process with core course deficiencies will have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL (UNO). These conditions are explained under “Removal of Deficiencies” on page 6 of the UNL Bulletin.

The Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences will make the final decision concerning any problems or questions that may arise in satisfying requirements to remove deficiencies.

Course Exclusions and Restrictions

Courses taken to remove high school deficiencies may not be applied toward graduation requirements, not even as elective credit.

Child, Youth and Family Studies Acceptance of University of Nebraska System Grades

Grades earned at UNL, UNO, UNK

Grades of D-, D, D+, C- satisfy requirements of the programs in human sciences unless specified otherwise under the Programs and Departments section of the catalog. Students who receive a grade of D-, D, D+, or C-, however, are encouraged to retake the course, particularly if it in the major area.

Procedures on Dropout From and/Transfer Into Options

Dropout From CYAF Option. Department majors who drop out for five successive academic semesters, or more, and later choose to reenter in their respective option or into another option in the department will be expected to meet the graduation requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment.

Transfer Into CYAF Option. Students transferring into Child, Youth and Family Studies from another institution or from another department within the University or the College will complete the graduation and/or certification requirements in effect at the time of transfer into the option.

Grades Earned Outside UN System

Up to 9 hours of grades below C (C-, D+, D, D-) from other academic institutions can only be applied to general education requirements and elective classes.

Acceptance of “D” Grades

Grades of “D” from UNL and UNK may transfer to fulfill requirements. Grades of “D” from other academic institutions will not be accepted.

Policy for Pass/No Pass Courses

The Pass/No Pass (P/N) option is designed for students who want to study elective areas or topics when they may have minimum preparation. If used for this purpose, the options can enrich the student’s academic experience without lowering the student’s grade point average. Free electives may be taken P/N. Students can earn no more than 12 hours of pass credit excluding courses offered on Pass/No Pass only basis.

Not all classes can be taken under the Pass/No Pass option. All courses, specified by course and number, must be taken for a grade. Should a student have earned a “P” in one of the courses prior to starting the option, the P will be reviewed by the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies.

Minor In Child, Youth and Family Studies (18 credits)

Complete CYAF 1600 and 2800 and four additional courses in CYAF, two of which must be at the 3000 and 4000 level.