MEd in Child Development


Prepare to Help Children Grow

Southern New Hampshire University's child development graduate degree program prepares you to work with families in diverse settings. The MEd in Child Development incorporates a rich, interdisciplinary method to the study of children that is rooted in cultural and relational approaches.

Offered at the Manchester, N.H., campus, the child development graduate degree focuses on the unique characteristics, crises and developmental tasks of people at specific periods in their lives and includes the cultural, social, affective, biological and cognitive factors that affect childhood education.

The child development graduate degree program brings students together so educators, policy experts and researchers can share their unique perspectives and inform one another about issues relevant to their fields. Students focus on their concentrations after their first five courses in the program.

An MEd degree in child development prepares graduates for a variety of careers, such as operating early childhood businesses, working on policy issues in the public or private sectors or becoming a licensed director for an existing program.

The M.Ed. in Child Development offers two concentrations:


In this concentration, you'll enroll in two business electives, as well as Administration of Child Development Programs, an administration course designed to provide you with skills in supervising and administering child development programs. You'll also study law, licensing, personnel, budgeting, corporate structures, public funding and grant writing as they relate to the education field.

Individual Theme

In the Individual Theme / Student Designed concentration, you can choose the electives that most closely align with your needs and interests. You'll choose three Education, Psychology or Special Education electives to supplement your studies in the M.Ed. in Child Development program and help you prepare for your desired career in the field.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options.  Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Candidates must also submit an acknowledgement form and professional resume.

Initial licensure candidates also are required to complete a general assessment form.

Licensure Information

This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an initial teacher’s license or endorsement in New Hampshire.  Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits.  View disclosure information.

University Accreditation

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