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San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development

Master of Science Degree in Child Development 

The Master of Science degree in child development is one of only two child development programs available in the CSU. With 101 community college child development programs, following the mandate of the Ryan Act, in California and 17 undergraduate programs within the CSU system, the M.S. program in child development plays a major role in training professionals for the State and region. The Department of Child and Family Development plays a leadership role in integration of curricula for community colleges and the CSU.

Child and Family Development Graduate Courses: 

  • CFD 634: Seminar in Family Processes
  • CFD 660: Seminar in Current Issues & Trends in Child Development
  • CFD 670: Seminar in Child Development Theories-Intervention & Behavior
  • CFD 671: Seminar in Human Development: Positive Behavior Support for Young Children with Challenging Behavior
  • CFD 697: Advanced Field Experiences
  • CFD 790: Research Methods & Program Development
  • CFD 798: Special Study
  • CFD 799A: Thesis
  • CFD 799B: Thesis Extension
  • CFD 799C: Comprehensive Examination Extension (available for EC-TEaMH graduates only)

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Resources for M.S. Program Students 

The Child and Family Development Department has a limited amount of Scholarship and Award funds available through two separate scholarship accounts. These are the Thair Milne and Georgia Tait Stooke Scholarship awards. Applicants for these two scholarships complete the regular SDSU scholarship application form and it will be forwarded through to the department for review.