M.S. in Human Development (w/spec. in Early Childhood) HD5

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 HD5 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • [MB1] (13 Additional Credits)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 30 credits. The detailed M.S. in Human Development (w/spec. in Early Childhood) HD5 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 (w/spec. in Early Childhood) HD5

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

Specialization Courses   
EDU467 Language, Literacy, and Cognitive Development
EDU464 Child Development and Learning in Context (ages 5 to 12)
EDU475 Early Interventions for Children with Disabilities (ages 3 to 5)
EDU440 Children's Literature and Literacy Learning
EDE475 Infant Mental Health


Choose elective courses to total 12 credits; possible courses include, but are not limited to:
ED418 The Family and Social Dynamics
EDU455 Policy and Practice in Developmental Differences
ED457 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Characteristics and Educational Issues
ED408 Development, Learning, and Teaching for Children Ages Birth to 3
ED407 Development, Learning, and Teaching for Children Ages 3 to 5
EDU476 Early Intervention for Children with Disabilities (ages birth to 3)
ED481 School, Family, and Community Relations
EDU439 Interpersonal Systems in Counseling and Human Development
ED483 Communication and Counseling Skills for Teachers, Administrators, and Other Helping Professionals
EDU457 Counseling Theory and Practice I
ED415 Adolescent Development and Youth Culture (ages 10 to 20)
ED425 Minority Youth Development in Urban Contexts
EDU494 Adult Development and Aging
EDU565 Research in Life Course Studies
ED496 Research Apprenticeship - Master’s Level (variable credits)
EDU446 Entrepreneurial Skills for Educators

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 or completing exams).

    Required for Program Completion
  • Master's Essay or Thesis
  • B.A. or B.S. Degree