Master of Science in Child Development

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All degree plans are developed in consultation with the student’s advisory committee and are based on current departmental requirements as well as individual student needs and objectives. No grade below ‘B’ is accepted toward the master’s degrees described below.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

33 semester credit hours (thesis option) or
40 semester credit hours (non-thesis option)

Required

Courses in research and subject matter specified in degree plan.

Special Requirements

Students who earn two grades of 'C' or below in graduate classes will be dismissed from the program.

Final Examination

Most programs require an oral defense of the thesis or portfolio. This examination may be repeated if deemed appropriate by the student’s advisory committee, with the approval of the chair of the department.

Master of Science in Child Development Program of Study (33 or 40 semester credit hours)

Thesis Option (33 semester credit hours)

Core (9 SCH)
FS 5003Lifespan Human Development (CFLE)3
FS 5113Theories of Human Development3
FS 5123Theories of the Family (CFLE)3
Research (12 SCH)
Select 12 hours from the following:
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
FS 5193Statistics for Research in Family Sciences3
FS 5983Thesis3
FS 5993Thesis3
Content Specialization (9 SCH)
Select nine hours from the following:9
Family Sexuality (CFLE)
Adolescents in the Family
Parenting Education (CFLE)
Play, Development, and the Young Learner
Child Guidance
The Development of Infants and Toddlers
Development and Administration of Programs for Young Children (ADMN)
Professional Competencies (3 SCH)
Select three hours from the following:3
Family Changes and Diversity (CFLE)
Communication in Marriage and Family (CFLE)
Leadership and Staff Development in Family Sciences Programs (ADMN)
Families and Public Policy (CFLE)
Family Economics (CFLE)
Teaching Family Sciences (CFLE)
Practicum in Family Sciences
Human Resource Administration (ADMN)
Management and Organization (ADMN)
Total Semester Credit Hours33

Non-thesis Option (40 semester credit hours)

Core (9 SCH)
FS 5003Lifespan Human Development (CFLE)3
FS 5113Theories of Human Development3
FS 5123Theories of the Family (CFLE)3
Research (7 SCH)
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
FS 5193Statistics for Research in Family Sciences3
FS 5911Independent Study ("Portfolio")1
Content Specialization (12 SCH)
Select 12 hours from the following:12
Family Sexuality (CFLE)
Adolescents in the Family
Parenting Education (CFLE)
Play, Development, and the Young Learner
Child Guidance
The Development of Infants and Toddlers
Development and Administration of Programs for Young Children (ADMN)
Professional Competencies (12 SCH)
Select 12 hours from the following:12
Family Changes and Diversity (CFLE)
Communication in Marriage and Family (CFLE)
Leadership and Staff Development in Family Sciences Programs (ADMN)
Families and Public Policy (CFLE)
Family Economics (CFLE)
Teaching Family Sciences (CFLE)
Practicum in Family Sciences
Human Resource Administration (ADMN)
Management and Organization (ADMN)
CFLE Non-thesis Option (additional course required beyond 39 semester credit hours)
Teaching Family Sciences
Total Semester Credit Hours40

Certified Family Life Educator

The M.S. in Child Development has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations as meeting the Standards and Criteria required for the Professional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation.  Courses noted as “CFLE” must be completed in order to qualify for the abbreviated CFLE application process.  In addition, FS 5843 – Teaching Family Sciences must be completed beyond the 39 hours required for the non-thesis option degree.

Administration Emphasis

Courses noted as "ADMIN" are suggested for an emphasis in Administration of Programs for Young Children.