- Master of Arts
Nature of the Program
The Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) master's degree program provides students with opportunities for conducting research and working with families and children in educational, applied, or other clinical settings. Courses in child development, family studies, parenting strategies, and interpersonal communication skills are supplemented with field experiences in a variety of settings. Individuals studying Child Development and Family Studies may select a professional focus from a wide variety of areas including child care specialist, early childhood teacher, developmental specialist, child life educator, parent educator, extension specialist, and family life specialist.
Note: Not currently admitting new students.
Master of Arts
|EDP 612||Introduction to Research||3|
|EDP 613||Statistical Methods 1||3|
|CDFS 640||Survey of Family Studies||3|
|CDFS 645||Socio-Emotional Development of Children||3|
|CDFS 647||Comparative Study of Family||3|
|CDFS 648||Theories of Child and Adolescent Development||3|
|CDFS 649||Socialization Processes||3|
|Electives (Any courses 500 level or above approved by advisor)||6|
Suggested Plan of Study
|EDP 612||3||EDP 613||3|
|CDFS 640||3||CDFS 649||3|
|CDFS 647||3||CDFS 645||3|
|CDFS 697||3||CDFS 697||3|
|Total credit hours: 33|
Major Learning Outcomes
Child Development and Family Studies
- To understand and apply theories and current research on child development and family studies.
- To recognize and understand the complexities of diversity (e.g., SES, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity) in families according to relationship dynamics, gender roles, parent-child relationships, and other dimensions of family life.
- To foster critical thinking relative to the scholarly literature in the field and the applications of knowledge to work with children, adolescents, and families.
- To develop the knowledge and skills for interpreting research as well as other scholarly-derived literature.
- To conduct original research through the application of critical thinking and research skills and content-based scholarly-derived knowledge.
- To build professional development skills that may include preparation for an applied career working with children, adolescents, and/or families or doctoral studies to pursue an academic career.
- To advance and foster students’ intellectual interests and their career goals.