Graduate and Professional Studies:
Child Development


The Master of Arts in Child Development option offers an opportunity for the advanced study of developmental theory and research in preparation for a wide range of professional objectives. The MA in Child Development option emphasizes scholarly reflection on developmental issues, and academic excellence in oral and written communication. The program faculty values academic scholarship and research, and regards their application in professional settings as central to the mission of the MA program. Graduates of the program are expected to be well educated, lifelong learners, with excellent preparation in research, theory and practice in diverse, multicultural settings.

The MA program prepares graduates for professional employment in a variety of settings, including working directly with infants, children and their families, teaching at the community college level, and preparing for additional study toward a doctoral degree in child development or a related field. The program incorporates the following areas of study: educational developmental research and theory; cognitive, linguistic and social, and emotional development of children; social, and cultural and familial influences on development; children with behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and academic special needs and their families; programming and curricula development; principles and practices involved in organizing, administering, and evaluating child development programs.

Two different concentrations are offered in the MA in Child Development option program:

  1. Applied Settings
  2. Theory and Research

Courses Offered

Please review the program description and course listings in the Course Catalog. (follow the Master of Arts link)

Degrees Offered

Additional Information

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Contact Information


(916) 278-6639

Eureka Hall 401

Mailing Address
College of Education
Graduate and Professional Studies: Child Development
Sacramento State
6000 J Street
Sacramento, California 95819-6079