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.
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.
Child Development Courses
DEV 520 - History and Philosophy of the Child Study Movement
DEV 540 - Language and Cognitive Development
DEV 545 - Psychosocial Development
DEV 560 - Family and Culture
DEV 565 - Play
DEV 601 - Child Assessment
DEV 699 - Child Development Practicum
EDU 520 - The Educator Researcher
EDU 601 - Research Seminar
Administration Concentration Courses
DEV 550 - Administration of Child Development Programs
Choose two business electives:
Completion of ePortfolio under direction of the seminar instructor.
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