Master of Science in Child Development

The Master of Science in Child Development will prepare professionals to work directly and indirectly with children and families in formal and informal settings, such as hospitals, organizations, agencies, homes, directors, advocates, and specialists.

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
36 semester credit hours (Professional option) or
39 semester credit hours (Child Life 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.

At least 50% (17 hours of 33-hour degree plan, 18 hours of 36-hour degree plan, or 20 hours of 39-hour degree plan) of graduate coursework toward degree must be taken in face-to-face classes (courses which are less than 50% online)

A student's advisory committee, thesis committee, or portfolio committee must have at least two of the three members from the Early Child Development and Education faculty.

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 36 semester credit hours)

Thesis Option (33 semester credit hours)

Core
FS 5113Theories of Child Development3
FS 5123Theories of the Family3
FS 5223Child Growth and Development in Early Childhood3
Research
FS 5193Statistics for Research in Family Sciences3
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
FS 5983Thesis3
FS 5993Thesis3
Content Specialization
FS 5243Adolescents in the Family3
FS 5593Play, Development, and the Young Learner3
FS 5613Child Guidance3
FS 5643The Development of Infants and Toddlers3
Total SCHs33

Professional Option (36 semester credit hours)

Core
FS 5113Theories of Child Development3
FS 5123Theories of the Family (CFLE)3
FS 5223Child Growth and Development in Early Childhood3
Research
FS 5193Statistics for Research in Family Sciences3
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
FS 5933Practicum in Family Sciences (CFLE) Must be taken in last semester.3
Content Specialization
FS 5243Adolescents in the Family3
FS 5593Play, Development, and the Young Learner3
FS 5613Child Guidance3
FS 5643The Development of Infants and Toddlers3
Professional Development
FS 5263Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood3
FS 5413Development and Administration of Programs for Young Children3
Total SCHs36

Child Life Option (39 semester credit hours)

Core
FS 5113Theories of Child Development3
FS 5223Child Growth and Development in Early Childhood3
FS 5503Family Systems in Child Development3
Research
FS 5193Statistics for Research in Family Sciences3
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
Content Specialization
FS 5243Adolescents in the Family3
FS 5593Play, Development, and the Young Learner3
FS 5613Child Guidance3
FS 5643The Development of Infants and Toddlers3
Professional Competencies
FS 5013Grief, Loss, and Bereavement3
FS 5063Developmental and Psychosocial Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Families3
FS 5403Child Life3
FS 5913Independent Study (Child Life Practicum/Internship)3
Total SCHs39

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 5023, FS 5153, FS 5233, FS 5533, FS 5823, FS 5833, and FS 5843 must be completed beyond the 36 hours required for the Professional option degree.