Master of Science in Child Development

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

33 semester credit hours (thesis option) or
31 semester credit hours (professional option)

Special Requirements

No grade below B is accepted towards any graduate degree in the Department of Family Sciences. If more than one grade below B is earned while enrolled in any Family Sciences graduate program, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Final Examination

In addition to the completion of a thesis or professional portfolio, students must complete a final examination consisting of an oral defense of this document. The student's advisory committee determines the outcome of the exam. The examination may be repeated if deemed appropriate by the student's advisory committee, with the approval of the department chair. The advisory committee should consist of three faculty members, all of whom must hold Graduate Faculty status, and at least two of whom must be Family Sciences faculty from the Early Childhood Development and Education component. 

Thesis Option (33 semester credit hours)

Core (9 hours)
FS 5113Theories of Child Development3
FS 5123Theories of the Family3
FS 5223Child Growth and Development in Early Childhood3
Research (12 hours)
FS 5193Statistics for Family Sciences3
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
FS 5983Thesis3
FS 5993Thesis3
Content Specialization (12 hours)
FS 5243Adolescents Development Within the Family3
FS 5593Play, Development, and the Young Learner3
FS 5613Child Guidance3
FS 5643The Development of Infants and Toddlers3
Total SCHs33

Professional Option (31 semester credit hours)

Core (12 hours)
FS 5113Theories of Child Development3
FS 5223Child Growth and Development in Early Childhood3
FS 5243Adolescents Development Within the Family3
FS 5643The Development of Infants and Toddlers3
Research (6 hours)
FS 5193Statistics for Family Sciences3
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
Content Specialization (6 hours)
FS 5593Play, Development, and the Young Learner3
FS 5613Child Guidance3
Professional Development (6 hours)
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) in Early Childhood Education
Leadership, Advocacy and Public Policy for Young Children
Brain-Based Learning for the Young Child
Family Crises
School, Family, and Cultural Diversity: Community Connections
Practicum in Family Sciences
Graduation Requirement (1 hour)
FS 5931Professional Portfolio1
Total SCHs31