Master’s Degree: Child Study and Early Education Concentration

The Child Study and Early Education concentration is designed to provide students with a broad overview of the educational and developmental needs of young children in early education and care settings and their families. Students may seek to acquire or extend their knowledge and skills in Early Intervention (0 – 3years), Early Childhood Education (0 - 5 years), Family Services, Public Policy for Children and Families, or interdisciplinary work in Childhood Studies. There is a strong emphasis on the study of the child, individually and in groups, and with close attention to the cultural context. The study of the child leads directly to accurate assessment and effective programming.

Highlights/Points of Pride

Many of our current students, as well as our alumni, have come to us with substantial international experience. This diversity enhances our understanding of the cultural context of early education and care. We encourage applications from students who have prior early childhood experience in diverse educational settings. 

Required Courses

The core curriculum of the Child Study and Early Education concentration includes five courses in three core areas: Child Development, Research and Early Education. The program also includes elective courses centered on a specialization reflecting student interests (e.g. Early Childhood Curriculum, Early Development, Intervention, Child Studies).

  1. Child Development (2 courses). Requirements may be met by completing courses such as the following:
    1. HUMDEV 660 Theories of Human Development
    2. EDUC 673 Advanced Child Development
    3. Other courses recommended by advisor
  2. Early Education (2 courses). Requirements may be met by completing courses such as the following:
    1. EDUC 697R Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education
    2. EDUC 580 Curriculum Models in Early Education
    3. Other courses recommended by advisor
  3. Research (1 course). Requirements may be met by completing courses such as the following:
    1. EDUC 773 Research and Theory in Child and Family Studies
    2. EDUC 555 Introduction to Statistics
    3. Other courses recommended by advisor

Contact Information

Concentration Coordinator:  Sally Galman (Associate Professor)

Associated Faculty

Ysaaca Axelrod (Assistant Professor), Jeanne Brunner (Assistant Professor), Camille Cammack (Lecturer), Barbara Colombo-Adams (Lecturer), Darrell Earnest (Assistant Professor), Portia Elliott (Professor Emerita), Sally Galman (Associate Professor, Coordinator), Claire E. Hamilton (Associate Professor), Denise Ives (Associate Professor), Raymond Sharick (Lecturer), Ernest D. Washington (Professor), Seon Yeong Yu (Assistant Professor)