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University Catalog 2015-2016 (Final Quarter Catalog) 
University Catalog 2015-2016 (Final Quarter Catalog) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Child Development, M.A.

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The Masters of Arts in Child Development is designed for students interested in research, theory and practice related to the study of individuals and families across diverse populations and settings. Students may coordinate degree requirements for the Elementary Subject Matter Credential, Special Education Credentials, or the Early Childhood Special Education Credential Program.

Admission to the Program

In addition to the University requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants must satisfy specific departmental requirements before admission to the program. These include:

  • Baccalaureate in child development or a closely related academic field from a fully accredited college or university.
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.85 in the last 90 quarter units.
  • Two letters of recommendation and a written statement of intent.
  • Completion of the department application form, including a writing sample.

Students without a baccalaureate in child development or a closely related field must complete a 27-unit prerequisite program before being admitted to the child development master’s degree program. Further information is available in the Child and Family Studies office.

Admission to the Master’s program in Child Development is a two tier process. Students must apply to both the University and the Department of Child and Family Studies. The department only admits students once a year during the fall quarter. Students interested in being considered for the graduate program must submit departmental applications by March 1st for subsequent fall admission. Departmental applications are available through the department office.

Requirements for the Degree (45 units)

A total of 45 units is required, with at least 32 in 500-level courses.

Electives (7–13 units)

Students must select electives in consultation with a graduate adviser to give meaningful support to their professional goals. The development of an individualized and interdisciplinary program is essential. Students also seeking an Elementary Subject Matter Credential or an Early Childhood Special Education Credential should select electives in consultation with a credential adviser in the Charter College of Education and a child development graduate adviser.

Comprehensive Examination or Thesis or Project (0, 6 units)

A comprehensive examination or a thesis or project is required for the master’s degree. Students should expect to take the comprehensive examination (CHDV 596) the quarter they complete all course work on their program or thereafter and must comply with College and departmental requirements. A thesis or project, in lieu of the comprehensive examination, may be undertaken upon approval by a child development faculty committee.

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