Master of Arts in Child Development

Requirements (50-51 units)

Program Code: CHDV

Admission to the Program

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree with a major in human development, child development, psychology; or with any other undergraduate major that satisfies the graduate admissions committee of the Department of Psychology that a satisfactory course of study has been pursued in preparation for graduate study in psychology;
  2. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 ("B") overall and in the major;
  3. Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement;
  4. A brief statement describing preparation for graduate study, the goals of graduate study and professional aspirations, to be submitted to the department;
  5. Three letters of recommendation, with at least two from former professors. Letters should come directly from the writers or be included in a placement file. (It is the applicant's responsibility to determine if letters have been received.);
  6. Satisfaction of the prerequisites:
    PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology (or an equivalent course)4
    HD 240Introduction to Child Development (or a course in child development)4
    PSYC 210Psychological Statistics (or a course in introductory statistics)5

Advancement to Candidacy

At the end of the spring quarter, all first year graduate students will be evaluated to determine whether or not they will be advanced to candidacy for the Master of Arts degree. Students will be reevaluated each quarter until they are either advanced to candidacy or declassified.

To be formally advanced to candidacy, a student must, to the satisfaction of the chair of the department, have:

  1. Achieved classified status;
  2. Successfully completed 16 units of course work in the program and maintained a 3.0 ("B") grade point average in the course work;
  3. Selected a graduate advisor to supervise the course of study;
  4. Satisfied the ethical requirements of the American Psychological Association;
  5. Filed an approved graduate program which must have the approval of the student's advisor, the department chair or the graduate program director and the Dean of Graduate Studies;
  6. Demonstrated successful research participation with a faculty advisor. This requirement can be fulfilled in one of three ways:
    1. Comprehensive Examination. Student will be required to become familiar with the literature in a research area which will be related to their comprehensive examination. This could take the form of a partial literature review, an annotated bibliography and/or a presentation of the literature of interest to faculty/student groups.
    2. Project. Student will be required to become familiar with several related research literatures if their area of interest is currently undeveloped or if specialized knowledge of particular methodologies requires further investigation for the development of a project.
    3. Thesis. Students will be required to become skilled in certain specialized research methods which will pertain to their abilities to gather data for a thesis. Examples of such activities could include gathering pilot data to acquire interview skills, knowledge of survey procedures, assessment skills, advanced statistical skills, understanding of content analysis, skills to work with a special population, or advanced physiological measurement skills.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 50 quarter units of approved graduate-level work, with 38 completed in residence at this university;
  2. A grade point average of at least 3.0 ("B") in all courses taken to satisfy the Master of Arts degree, grades of "B-" (2.7) or better in each required course in the program, and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in each elective course;
  3. Successful completion of the course work listed below, including a culminating experience consisting of the completion and defense of a comprehensive examination, project or thesis;
  4. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of the culminating experience;
  5. Any additional general requirements not cited above and listed in Graduate Degree and Program Requirements;
  6. Classified graduate students in the Master of Arts program must complete their degree requirements within seven years of admission to that program;
  7. Students in classified status who fail to register for at least one course in the M.A.C.D. program each quarter will automatically be declassified.  PSYC 698 (Continuous Enrollment for Graduate Candidacy Standing) may be taken if another course is not taken during a given quarter.

Degree Requirements (50-51 units)

Comprehensive Examination Option

CD 531Understanding and Guiding Child Behavior2
CD 532Best Practice with Young Children2
CD 612B-EDirected Readings (2-5 units for a total of 5 units)5
CD 614Theories of Child Development4
CD 624Advanced Developmental Neuroscience4
CD 648Social-Emotional Development4
CD 651Advanced Cognitive Development4
CD 659Early Childhood Assessment4
CD 689B-EExternship in Child Development (2-5 units for a total of 5 units)5
CD 690Familes and Planning4
CD 999Comprehensive Examination0
PSYC 640Advanced Methods in Psychological Research4
Eight units of 500- or 600-level coursework from CD, HD, PSYC, education, or other relevant field chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor8
Total Units50

Project Option

CD 531Understanding and Guiding Child Behavior2
CD 532Best Practice with Young Children2
CD 611B-EAdvanced Independent Study (2-5 units for a total of 5 units)5
CD 614Theories of Child Development4
CD 624Advanced Developmental Neuroscience4
CD 648Social-Emotional Development4
CD 651Advanced Cognitive Development4
CD 659Early Childhood Assessment4
CD 690Familes and Planning4
CD 695Graduate Project5
PSYC 640Advanced Methods in Psychological Research4
Eight units of 500- or 600-level coursework from CD, HD, PSYC, education, or other relevant field chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.8
Total Units50

Thesis Option

CD 531Understanding and Guiding Child Behavior2
CD 532Best Practice with Young Children2
CD 611B-EAdvanced Independent Study (2-5 units for a total of 5 units)5
CD 614Theories of Child Development4
CD 624Advanced Developmental Neuroscience4
CD 648Social-Emotional Development4
CD 651Advanced Cognitive Development4
CD 659Early Childhood Assessment4
CD 690Familes and Planning4
CD 699Thesis5
PSYC 640Advanced Methods in Psychological Research4
PSYC 641Analysis of Variance5
PSYC 642Regression and Nonparametric Statistics4
Total Units51