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M.Ed. in Child Studies

Our M.Ed. in Child Studies program offers an interdisciplinary degree through the Department of Psychology and Human Development. Building upon Peabody College’s long tradition of excellence, our program is designed to train knowledgeable practitioners and researchers in a range of fields related to child and adolescent development. Throughout our program, students are encouraged to integrate research, theory, and practice. These goals and expectations are outlined in the Program Philosophy.

The 36-hour program consists of 12-18 credit hours of Core Curriculum Coursework and 18-24 credit hours of Elective Coursework that are individually tailored to each student’s personal interests and professional goals. Our program offers traditional classroom preparation alongside hands-on Practicum Experiences or Research Mentorships, which are integrated into the program of studies.

All students choose to complete one of two tracks: the Applied Professional Track or the Empirical Research Track. Both program options require that students become skilled in integrating the most current child development research and theory with effective practice in professional or academic settings. Within each track, there are additional Areas of Concentration that allow for further specialization. Our degree culminates in a comprehensive exam that reflects all coursework completed and is directly relevant to individual student’s development.

Because of our program’s small size, about 20 students per cohort, students can expect to receive individualized attention from their advisors. Current Students are pursuing a wide range of interests through varied programs of study and Alumni have gone on to a variety of career paths.

Please note: Although the M.Ed. in Child Studies program allows for students to pursue a range of interests and includes study of the intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development of children and adolescents, it does not licensure as a counselor or a teacher.