M.S. in Human Development HD1

(as of 03/01/2008)

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the HD1 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Optional Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation [EV1] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching [OT1] (3+ Additional Credits)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 30 credits. The detailed M.S. in Human Development HD1 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed program plan for M.S. in Human Development HD1

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields may be transferred in prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor. These transfer credits can fulfill an elective requirement or be a direct substitution of a required course. Required courses that are part of accreditation assessments cannot be substituted.

Masters' Core   
ED406 Master's Research Methods
ED429 Theories of Human Development
ED419 Life Course Studies

Specialization Courses   

Select human development courses for a total of 9 credits; courses available throughout the Warner School include the following:
ED447 Disability and Schools
EDU467 Language, Literacy, and Cognitive Development
EDU464 Child Development and Learning in Context (ages 5 to 12)
ED415 Adolescent Development and Youth Culture (ages 10 to 20)
ED425 Minority Youth Development in Urban Contexts
EDU494 Adult Development and Aging
ED418 The Family and Social Dynamics
EDU565 Research in Life Course Studies
EDU455 Policy and Practice in Developmental Differences


Choose elective courses to total at least 12 credits; possible courses include, but are not limited to:
EDU565 Research in Life Course Studies
ED418 The Family and Social Dynamics
EDU455 Policy and Practice in Developmental Differences
ED457 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Characteristics and Educational Issues
EDU439 Interpersonal Systems in Counseling and Human Development
ED483 Communication and Counseling Skills for Teachers, Administrators, and Other Helping Professionals
EDU453 Counseling and Facilitating in Small Groups
EDU470 Multicultural Perspectives in Counseling
ED481 School, Family, and Community Relations
ED408 Development, Learning, and Teaching for Children Ages Birth to 3
ED407 Development, Learning, and Teaching for Children Ages 3 to 5
EDU471 Counselor as Systems Consultant
ED496 Research Apprenticeship - Master’s Level (variable credits)
EDU446 Entrepreneurial Skills for Educators


1. Research Apprenticeship can be taken more than once and with different professors.

2. Students interested in also pursuing one or more Advanced Certificates -- see Optional Enhancements section -- can reduce the number of additional credits needed to meet these programs' requirements by choosing electives appropriately. Please note, though, that EDF courses cannot count towards the minimum of 30 credits of coursework required by this program, and more generally, any additional Advanced Certificate awarded is required to have a minimum of 3 credits of unique coursework or internships (that is, credits that have not also been used towards another degree or certificate). Be sure to discuss options with your advisor early in your program.

Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences). When that is the case, we have listed these requirements but also indicated that they are not a graduation requirement.

  • B.A. or B.S. Degree
  • Master's Essay or Thesis