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Program Philosophy

The challenges facing children and families today warrant the careful attention of developmental practitioners and scholars informed by developmental theory and research. It is our belief that we are best positioned in our efforts to impact children and families in positive ways when we enter the field armed with a solid foundation of knowledge gleaned from child development research and scholarship.

The skillful application of developmental science and theory in the service of prevention, intervention, advocacy, health, and education of children and their caregivers can do much to improve important outcomes in generations to come. These are the applied developmental professionals and researchers we are preparing in the Master of Education in Child Studies program at Peabody College.