Child Development, M.S.
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of New Hampshire offers a program of study leading to a master of science degree in HDFS with a core area of study in Child Development. In this core area of study, students examine the roles of social, cultural and political contexts in the lives of young children. Students also explore the ways in which a child's social, emotional, moral, and cognitive developments is impacted by human attachments, support systems, and the social networks of the people and institutions of community and society.
This core area of study presents an ecological and social constructivist framework for understanding the development of children from infancy through the early school years, considering both micro contexts, such as the family, and macro issues, such as adult work and social oppression. Students will be expected to develop a deep understanding of how the social construction of childhood has shaped and continues to shape parenting, schooling, and social policy. Students will be required to complete an internship in a child-focused setting.
This core area of study is intended for students with experience working with young children and their families and who desire opportunities to work in leadership roles with children in community contexts, including a variety of social service positions. In addition, professionals seeking to enter interdisciplinary doctoral programs with a focus on research, leadership and practical applications can develop advanced knowledge and understanding of child development in context through this program of study.
The student's plan of study will be determined by the student in consultation with his or her advisor.
|Completion of the 12-credit core curriculum:||HDFS 991: Professional Issues for Family Specialists
HDFS 993: Theoretical Approaches to Family Studies
HDFS 994: Research Seminar
|An additional 22 credits of course work. including:||
HDFS 930: Child Development in Context
A graduate-level statistics course, which should be completed as early as possible in their academic plan and preferably prior to enrolling in HDFS 994, Research Seminar.
Note: Up to six of the twenty-two required credit hours of coursework may be Independent Study.
|Successful completion and defense of a research thesis OR a comprehensive written examination plus eight additional credit hours.||
THESIS: HDFS 899 (for 6-10 credits)
|Students will design a program of study that may include other departmental courses such as:||
HDFS 843: Families, Schools and Community
|Students may also select related courses in other departments, such as:||
ED 941: Diversity and Child Development
Application for admission to the Graduate School must be made on the appropriate forms obtained directly from the Graduate School:
109 Thompson Hall
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824-1497