MA in Child Study and Human Development

General

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Programme Description

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Eliot-Pearson's master's in Child Study and Human Development program provides students with a strong theoretical foundation in child development, coursework in an area of specialization, research skills, and applied opportunities and fieldwork that prepare students for a career that directly impacts the lives of children, youth and families. Our goal is to train students to use applied work to understand the theory and research and to understand how theory and research should impact the lives of children and families.

After the first semester in the program, students choose whether they want to pursue the applied track or the thesis track and whether they wish to concentrate in a specific area:

  • Clinical Developmental Health and Psychology
  • 21st Century Literacies: Media and Technology
  • Individualized Programme of Study

Learning Objectives

  • Students will have knowledge of the major theoretical perspectives and knowledge base in the core domains of human development; as well as knowledge of the complexities of diverse realities and pathways towards healthy development.
  • Students will have knowledge of how research is conducted in the field of Applied Child Development.
  • Students will be informed consumers of scholarship in the field of human development; i.e. will have experience in the process of reviewing, critically evaluating empirical research, policy reports, and synthesizing extant literature on a topic.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to assume the role of a professional (e.g. as a scholar or practitioner) in the field.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of Research Practice Integration in the context of Prevention, Intervention, and Policies for children and families.
  • Students will actively engage in either research or applied work that promotes health and an asset-based approach to development among children and families.
  • Students will demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in their professional roles as well as members of the community within and outside Tufts.

Application Requirements

  • Application fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the availability of standardized testing, GRE scores are currently waived for students applying to this program
  • A supplemental essay is required for all MA applicants:
    • The Eliot-Pearson Dept of Child Study and Human Development's Mission is to: 
      • Enhance the lives of children and families in diverse communities and contexts of the 21st century
      • Use collaborative, multidisciplinary approaches
      • Conduct research that informs practice and utilize practice that informs theory and research
      • Promote civic engagement
    • Please write about the first theme and at least one other in 500 words or less. Address the following questions.
      • How do each of these mission themes resonate with your interests in the program and in your career?
      • How do your prior experiences (or lack of) lead you to connect with each of these themes? 
      • How do you envision carrying out these themes/learning to carry out these themes during your time in our MA program?
      • What challenges do you see in your ability to implement each of these themes? 
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

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