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 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.

Career Options

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. With a Master's degree or higher, you can find employment in many of the following specializations:

  • Counselor
  • Social worker
  • Community college instructor
  • Pediatric psychologist
  • Research assistant
  • Private non-profit worker
  • Worker with special needs children and families

Programs Offered

Master of Arts

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Information Session:

January 30, 2018, 6:00-7:30pm, Eureka Hall Room 108


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Child Development Program
Phone: (916) 278-6639 | Office: Eureka Hall 401