University of La Verne’s Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Development program prepares elementary and secondary education teachers and other professionals to increase their understanding of the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development of young children or adolescents. Our students develop capabilities to assume leadership roles in all facets of the child development field.
Each course in the master’s program in child and adolescent development is offered both on campus and online. Both delivery modes are identical in content and rigor and are offered on the semester schedule. Students in the program have the option of taking courses on campus, online, or a combination of the two.
Child and Adolescent Development Curriculum
The MS in Child and Adolescent Development consists of 33 units. Students select a concentration in early childhood or adolescence and complete a culminating activity. Courses are offered in late afternoons and evenings to accommodate the schedules of working students.
See child and adolescent development curriculum.
Careers in Child and Adolescent Development
The MS in Child and Adolescent Development can be applied to a wide variety of jobs. Current educators in elementary school or middle and high school can use the program to enhance their skills and knowledge to become more effective in the classroom. The program also qualifies graduates to teach child or adolescent development courses at the community college level.
The master’s degree prepares individuals for leadership roles in fields such as:
- preschool teachers;
- child care center directors;
- children’s television producers;
- youth advocates;
- parent educators;
- leadership positions in educational and social service agencies; and
- part-time or adjunct teaching positions.
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