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San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development

Graduate Programs


Master of Science Degree in Child Development

The focus of the program is on social and emotional development, and on child development in context (e.g. early childhood education programs, schools, families, communities). This program can help students move onto Ph.D. programs in related areas, and to further their professional expertise and credentials in areas related to child. Areas of emphasis in the program include: early childhood development, prevention, intervention, family processes, risk and resilience, development across the lifespan, parent-child intergenerational relationships, enhancing school readiness and preparing teachers to work with families, socio-emotional and behavior support in educational settings and homes, influences of language and culture, and atypical development. This program is targeted towards working professionals and classes are offered in evenings on two or three nights each week. Students may be able to earn the degree in two years (four academic semesters) and admission is only accepted in the Fall Semester.

Programs of Study

Students pursuing only the Master of Science degree in child development have the option of selecting Plan A  (completing a thesis or project) or Plan B (taking a comprehensive exam) and need to complete the appropriate coursework for each track.

Plan A Thesis or Project track Requirements (30 credits):

  • Core sequence of courses: Child and Family Development 634, 660, 670A, 790, and Education 690 must be completed.
  • Electives: 12 units of 500, 600, and 700-level courses in either Child and Family Development courses or in a related field with approval of the MS program graduate adviser. Note that the following certificate courses can fill this electives requirement: CFD 670B, CFD 671, CFD 623, and SPED 676.
  • Capstone: Child and Family Development 799A (thesis) and completion of a final M.S. thesis or project.


Plan B Comprehensive Exam track Requirements (30 credits):

  • Core sequence of courses: Child and Family Development 623, 634, 660, 670A, 670B, 671, Education 690, and SPED 676 must be completed.
  • Additional required courses: 3 units of 500, 600, and 700-level courses in either Child and Family Development courses or in a related field with approval of the MS program graduate adviser.
  • Capstone: Child and Family Development 799C (comprehensive exam), CFD 798 (comprehensive exam study group - 3 credits), and successfully passing the comprehensive exam.


Early Childhood Certificate Graduate:

Students who have completed the Early Childhood Certificate will have earned 12 units towards the Master of Science degree that can count as the electives needed for plan A or the part of the additional required courses for Plan B.

For more information about graduate studies in the Department of Child and Family Development, review the SDSU Graduate Bulletin.

Interested in applying?

Visit our Admissions page for more information. 

Graduated MS Students

Click here for a list of our graduated master's students, including their thesis/project titles.  


EC-TEaMH Certificate Program
Early Childhood-Transdisciplinary Education and Mental Health (EC-TEaMH) Certificate

The certificate program in Early Childhood-Transdisciplinary Education and Mental Health (EC-TEaMH) is an interdisciplinary program focusing on professional preparation and skills enhancement of early childhood educators who work with young children who demonstrate socio-emotional and behavioral problems and their parents.
Fifteen program units are required to earn the certificate in Early Childhood Transdisciplinary Education and Mental Health (EC-TEaMH). Twelve units of seminar courses addressing core knowledge foundations and three units of practicum/field experience. Courses in the certificate program may be applied to the master’s degree in child development if applicable.


Prerequisites for admission:

  1. Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree in a field related to child development, psychology, social work, human development, school counseling, or social services from an accredited institution, and relevant work experience in the early childhood education field.
  2. Successful completion of the application and interview process.
  3. Coursework relating to: early years of development, parenting, family functioning and parent-child relationships, children with special needs, and theories in socio-emotional development. If students’ undergraduate preparation is deemed insufficient, students will be required to complete specified courses as determined by the certificate program’s adviser.
  4. Recommendation of employer and/or director of certificate program.

Course requirements (15 units).

The EC-TEaMH certificate is modeled following the Delivery of Infant-Family and Early Mental Health Services Revised Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies proposed by the California’s Infant, Preschool and Family Mental Health Initiative (Workforce 2010). It includes two main areas: knowledge and experience. The knowledge base is comprised of four foundation classes. Two practicum courses that include clinical experience/supervision in early childhood setting and programs accompanied by Reflective Practice Facilitation (total of 120 hours of supervised practicum).
Students must complete the course requirements with a minimum 3.0 (B) grade point average.

Knowledge Area (12 units):

    CFD 670 Seminar in Human Development Theories Intervention and Prevention (3)

    CFD 671 Seminar in supporting Early Childhood Mental Health (3)

    CFD 580 Observation and Assessment of Young Children's Environment and Relationships (3)

    SPED 676 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

Experience Area - Field Experience/Practicum (3 units):


    CFD 697A Advanced Field Experience (Cr/NC) (3)

    (1.5 units each semester, 120 hours of supervised practicum) 

 

For more information about graduate studies in the Department of Child and Family Development, review the SDSU Graduate Bulletin.

Note: Many students complete the EC-TEaMH Certificate before continuing to the M.S. Degree in Child Development. The focus of the M.S. in Child Development is on the early years and prevention with an emphasis on parent-child inter-generational relationships to enhance school readiness and prepare teachers to work with families with a focus on socio-emotional and behavior support in educational settings and homes. After completion of the EC-TEaMH Certificate, students may be able to complete the M.S. in Child Development within one academic year (two semesters). EC-TEaMH graduates are also eligible to apply to the M.S. in Child Development with the Concentration in Early Childhood Mental Health and pursue clinical licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

 

Interested in applying?

Visit our Admissions page for more information.


Master of Social Work Students

The EC-TEaMH program now has a collaboration with the SDSU School of Social Work!

More information on the program will be posted soon.

Graduate students in the School of Social Work are invited to take EC-TEaMH courses.  For more information about this opportunity, please contact: Lucinda Rasmussen or Liz Marucheau.

Paying For Your Education

Graduate students may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid. To apply for financial aid visit the FAFSA Website.

Students may also apply for scholarships offered through San Diego State University and private organizations. Information about Financial Aid at SDSU can be found at the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Please see the Federal Financial Aid Disclosure document for required reporting and documentation. 

Questions?

For more information about our graduate programs or if you have questions about the application process, contact:

cfdev@mail.sdsu.edu
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