About Us

"Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world." — Maria Montessori

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The Department of Child and Family Development is a highly integrated academic unit within the College of Education. The Department offers a B.S. in Child Development in Applied Arts and Sciences, a Master of Science degree in Child Development, and a graduate certificate (EC-TEaMH) in early childhood mental health. In addition, the department offers a Master of Science in Child Development with a specialization in Early Childhood Mental Health that meets licensure requirements for students wishing to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

Our Mission

The M.S. in Child Development program is an inter-disciplinary program that focuses on social and emotional development, inclusion, and equity. Our mission is to provide advanced training regarding child and family development in order to prepare professionals to effectively further the development and wellbeing of children and families from diverse backgrounds. It is based on the core assumption that development takes place across the lifespan in the context of diverse families, communities, cultures, and public policies. The program promotes professionalism, and emphasizes the importance of consuming and conducting research, including the ability to translate both theory and research to practice in settings such as education, prevention, and intervention. 

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Our Students

We are very proud of the diverse and dedicated students of our department. Read below for a more in-depth view of our students and their awards, research, and experiences.

Informed and Inspired: Outstanding Grads Spring 2021

Pepin Payzant

Tamryn Hills

Georgia Dickerson