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Master of Science inChild and Adolescent Development

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 course on campus, online,  or a combination of the two.

Learn more about program admission requirements.

Child and Adolescent Development Curriculum

The MS in Child and Adolescent Development consists of 33 units (practitioner track) or 39 units (research track) and can be completed in as little as 18 months. MS students select a concentration in early childhood or adolescence and choose a culminating experience focused on either a practitioner or a research track.

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.

Learn More About the MS in Child and Adolescent Development

La Verne’s Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Development is perfect for passionate individuals who wish to become leaders in organizations that make a positive impact on the livers of children and adolescents. Ready to learn more? Request more information  today.