MS in Human Development and Family Studies with Emphasis in Early Childhood Development

The Early Childhood Development program is planned for students who wish to focus their professional preparation on children as they develop, influence, and are influenced by a variety of environments.

1. Statistics and research methods (6 hours)
Research Methods in Human Development and Family Science
Any advisor-approved statistics course 7000 level or above
2. Core content (24 hours)
a. Family functioning and human development (12 hours)
Family Interaction
Family Dynamics and Intervention
Theories of Human Development
Cognitive Development
Social and Emotional Development
b. Electives* (12 hours)
Aging and the Family
Black Families
Stress and Resilience in Families
The Process of Divorce
Interpersonal Relationships
Family Theories
Administration and Program Management
Advanced Seminar on Multicultural Families
Life Course Perspective
Remarriage & Stepfamilies: Development, Dynamics, & Intervention
Gendered Relations in Families
Children, Families and Public Policy
Home-School Partnerships: Working with Families
Advanced Early Childhood Curriculum
and Introduction and Methods of Early Childhood Special Education (must be taken concurrently)
Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction
Electives* (12 hours)
3. Thesis (3-6 hours)
Research in Human Development and Family Science

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